Some of you knew last friday was my birthday! Many of you are probably wondering how does a birthday in Switzerland look like? Some may think it is all about getting chocolate and cheese, but since I don’t really like either of both it looked different for me.
In my family it is a tradition that the one who has his birthday gets woken up by a sweet choir that sings in a really nice tune happy birthday. Usually at about 6.30 am which is really early especially for me since I am not really a morning person. Afterwards there is a nice breakfast prepared with delicious croissants which helps my morning mood a lot. With a full stomach I am going to school where many friends already wait to congratulate. It is not as crazy like in the United States where people usually decorate your locker and stuff, but friends hug and wish you the best for the next living year. Gladly nobody in my class reminded a teacher to sing happy birthday, otherwise that is usually the case and then the whole class sings happy birthday for the birthday-kids embarrassment.
After school I go home where two big steaks already wait for me. My dad cooked them with some spaetzle (some sort of pasta), vegetables and salad. The birthday meal is ready and I am ready to eat all of it! Delicious!
In the late afternoon I finally get to unwrap all those presents which were laid out on the table. I get some sweet T-Shirts (I think my T-shirts collection is up to a 40 by now), books, dvds, a whole puncher, one tire, a calender, sport bag and much more! Isn’t it nice to have birthday it is always worth it.
For dinner we are going to a special Asian place in Germany. First in this restaurant they serve “all you can eat” what I don’t need to explain to US Americans and second they actually don’t serve it. The food comes on a “conveyor band” and you can pick and take what you want. It is also really practical because if you don’t like something you just put it back on the band and nobody sees that I haven’t finished. (Of course you should not do that!) The day finally goes by and how could I ever better finish a day than with a full stomach? That was great birthday once more.
But the birthday celebrations aren’t over yet. Family and friends come over on sunday and the party and especially the eating goes on! I get some more present and as a return I show them some picture of the United States. We eat, talk, laugh and eat more till late night. And then my big birthday weekend with a lot of celebrations is over!
Thanks to all messages on facebook, calls, e-cards, e-mails, letters, text messages, presents and hugs I received for my birthday!