Good-bye China time is almost upon me and I am currently in the midst of packing up all my belongings for my big move but I thought I'd take a break to post some birthday photos.

As I am sure you are all well aware, June 25th was International Sharah Day. I can't wait to hear how you celebrated! Larisa already told me about the big blow-out they had in my honor in Harrogate! Nice.

My birthday began in the middle of a big party. Friday June 24th was Midsummer which is a big holiday in Sweden. Two Swedish friends hosted a Midsummer party at their apartment which included a dinner of traditional Swedish food purchased from Ikea, lots of alcohol and some very silly relay games. I didn't partake of the alcohol but I did enjoy the herring and meatballs and the games. At midnight Jo stood up and announced that it was now officially Sharah Day and everyone sang birthday songs to me in various languages (it was a very international crowd we had gathered).

Saturday around noon Pippa and Jo appeared at my bedroom door with a cake. 

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Other birthday activities included ice skating and boating.

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I got to drive because it was my birthday!

Then we went out to dinner and Jon bought me some balloons! Five helium balloons just for me! FIVE!

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Clockwise: Jo, Sharah, Pippa, Rachel, Jon, Peggy and Ekitzel

It was at this meal that I was introduced to something more wonderful than I could have even dreamed. I am referring of course to deep-fried pudding.

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A. Maze. Ing.

Does anyone know if this is available anywhere in the U.S.? I think it is something I need more of in my life.