Many many working hours, parties and trips ago, at the beginning of the traineeship, Mojca and I discovered – to our great astonishment and joy – that our birthday was on the same day. I mean, what are the odds? (Jernej probably knows ;). So from that very moment, we knew this day would be even more special for us and we were very excited about sharing the fun of it together! But, boy we hadn’t even imagined what our co-trainees had in store for us! No more and no less than a surprise cake party in our beloved JMO cafeteria! The surprise was the best kept secret of the traineeship (well, one of them, anyway). We were informed by our spies later on that the preparations to this event were the most discussed topic via work e-mail ever. And nobody let it slip!
So on Day Zero (i.e. 26th of June), Mojca was lured to come to lunch to JMO on her day off and I obediently joined her. When we entered the canteen premises, we saw a big number of familiar faces grinning at us and – as it seemed – gathered there for a reason. It actually took me some fractions of a second or ok, maybe a bit more (my brain cells just got older, after all) to realize what was happening. It must have been fun to observe how our facial expressions synchronously changed from puzzlement, through a bit of uneasiness (thank God I had a birthday sister on my side to share the pleasure of being the centre of attention! ;)) to mere happiness (I mean if that wasn’t pure joy, I don’t know what is).
Due to all the emotions I lost track of the order of things that followed, but it may have been this:
A ‘happy birthday’ was sung by the most angelic voices JMO has ever heard. The president officially handed us two muffins with candles for us to blow and make a wish (will I jinx it if I say I wished for all of us to remain here in Lux a bit more than just this one last month?). We got the most awesome birthday cards with authentic signatures of you guys (they will be worth millions one day, I am sure; although for us they are priceless already!). Then there were balloons, flowers, hugs, laughs and wishes. And we had the most delicious, yet no so easy to cut, cake (so what about this recipe, Živilė?).
And it looked like this:
So, dear friends, again we wanna say: thank you, thank you, thank you, each and every one of you! :* Getting older like this is well… quite tolerable, actually. 😉 I could really do it more often.
And as one-day celebrations are just too mainstream, the next afternoon we carried on partying in the park near Fondation Pescatore. We were very happy that even those undecided, living in Trier or some notorious party poopers, decided to come. And luckily, the gods of weather heard our prayers and blessed us with open-air-party-favourable conditions. So in excellent company and jolly atmosphere we consumed some delectable rum truffles and banana bread baked by Mojca (who – quoting Dejan – proved this way to be eligible for marriage), as well as some typical Polish and Romanian liquors. I am not objective to say that, but the general feedback I got was quite positive, hence I like to think it was… well… a hell of a party.
And – as if two parties were not enough – it so happened that the Philharmonie decided to throw another and quite a big one in our honour as well (very kind of them, really!). So actually all Luxembourg celebrated with us.
Although the music didn’t suit everyone’s taste, we did have loads of fun at the photo booth. Here is some proof:
All in all: the best birthday party(-ies) ever! 🙂
Photos: Mojca, Vaida and Philharmonie 😉