Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Boat rides, Beers and Birthdays

The last few weeks have been filled with celebration and lots of adventures (two great distractions from blogging!) So far, twenty-eight has started out with a bang... a changing wind is blowing through and I fully intend to keep that motion going, full force.

Similar to last year, libations were had with friends and a scenic river side view.  However, last year, in Amsterdam spring took for ever to arrive and it snowed just just days before my twenty-seventh birthday. Thankfully, this year's party was soaked in Florida sunshine!

My darling friend Lurlie and I share the same birthday and since we were on the side of the globe this year, our vision of a double birthday party finally came true! Despite weeks of begging, Lurlie absolutely forbid us to have 90's theme complete with a playlist of decade inspired garb and party jamz. Instead, we opted for a lazy day along the river with friends and absolutely perfect, Florida day!

Celebrating back home with my American friends was so much fun and this hometown part was made even more special with a surprise visitor... My Dutchman!

Having gone through a challenging, emotional year, I was more than happy to say 'buh-bye!' to twenty-seven. Last year had me pretty convinced the curse of twenty-seven is a real and terrible thing, thankfully I made it through what was by far the most confusing year of my life, phew.

Welcoming a fresh, new year with sunshine, swimming, cold beers, BBQ, a boat ride along the river was the perfect way to kick off a fresh year full of positive vibes and belly laughs with friends!

We rounded out the nearing the end of our twenties at Wekiva Island and some how found energy to drag out sun soaked selves out for a few rounds of fancy beers (and my Mom's famous almond-poppyseed cake!) later that evening at our friends' awesome, local beer bar, Redlight Redlight.

Belgian beers seem to be a birthday trend during my twenties, a very welcomed tradition. Both spots are two of my favorite Florida hangouts and highly recommended if you're ever exploring our southern peninsula.

Birthdays are a funny thing, they remind you how quickly time passes yet also how lucky you are to take on another year of life's great adventures surrounded by the smiles of those you love. Celebrating with old friends (and a few new ones) was as fun as could be. I'm looking forward to what twenty-eight has in store... Luckily, there are still eleven more months to find out!

P.S. A few birthday flashbacks... I turned twenty-four in Madrid (my first expat birthday!), my favorite birthday cake(s), celebrating twenty-seven in Amsterdam, Eating macarons during last year's birthday trip to Paris and my mom's birthday visit to the Kroller Muller Museum