I turned 23 on Saturday and had a great day celebrating here in Cantel. My sitemates Kate and Travis along with another Peace Corps friend Sarah came over to my house for lunch and carrot cake. Kate even brought delicious rice krispie treats! My camera unfortunately got stolen a couple of weeks ago when I was on my way to climb Volcan Tacana (so frustrating!) but Kate posted a picture on her blog-- www.katalinachronicles.blogspot.com.
Then at night, my entire entire extended host family of about 25 people came over for a special dinner of tamales, hot chocolate and more cake. One of my host sisters made me a beautiful cross-stitched pillow case and I got to participate in the Guatemalan tradition of doing a ¨mordita¨, which means ¨little bite¨. The person celebrating their birthday gets to take a small first bite of the cake but inevitably someone pushes their face into the frosting-- unfortunately no pictures of that! It was a really fun night, though, and I feel so lucky to have found a real second family here.