Birthday Celebrations Across the Cafe Table

It’s hard to believe, but the Travel Belles‘ wonderful virtual get-together Across the Cafe Table has been going for one whole year! Congratulations to Margo and Briana, who run the show! So fittingly, this month’s natter is all about dream birthday trips – where would you go?



Ancash, Peru

I’ve been thinking about this question for a few days now, and my answer has changed with startling frequency! One minute, I’m imagining myself in a chic European capital, the next on a secluded beach, then an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime destination. There’s just far too much choice in the world – I think the only thing to do would be to spend every birthday somewhere different!

Really, I suppose I enjoy spontaneity too much to put a name to something like a ‘dream’ birthday trip – I like the anticipation of the possible. It’s not, Jiminy Cricket, that I don’t have a dream; I have many – and I like to savour them all!

Last year, I spent my birthday in Peru, just after my arrival there. It was the start of four months of travelling and the world could not have been brighter. New-found friends bought me balloons and we went for dinner at a polleria before hitting a bar. It was supposed to be ‘dry’, because it was the night of the Peruvian elections, but the bar owner, Milly, agreed to let us have a few drinks. Soon enough, the bar was open for everyone and everyone, Peruvians, foreigners – and Ice Road Truckers sang happy birthday to me.

Huascaran, the crowning peak of the Cordilleras Blancas

The following day, we went to Yungay, a small town high in the Andes with the most spectacular mountain views. I wrote for the Travel Belles about how unexpectedly wonderful it was.

I think that sums up why I can’t decide. I had not planned anything and I expected nothing, but it was the best birthday I’ve had.




  1. What a perfect birthday memory, Katy. :-) The other night we watched a documentary set in Peru and I thought of you. :-)

    • I miss Peru so much! It’s really going to hit me on my birthday this year I think – one whole year on!

  2. Oh Katy! I know exactly what you mean about changing your mind! I’ve come to the conclusion that this is one of the reasons why it is important just to pick a place – any place – by pulling numbers out of a hat or something. Choosing “where” is truly one of the biggest hurdles to starting to plan. It made me kind of sick to pick Buenos Aires over on my post – there were all these voices going, BUT what about …. and what about… When time is limited and we’re bound by a couple of weeks vacation – making decisions early on becomes even more important. Sigh… Peru b-day sounds amazing!

    • You’re absolutely right, Margo, as always! Eventually you just have to bite the bullet – but luckily we don’t have to limit ourselves to birthday trips! And Buenos Aires will not disappoint you :)

  3. What a great story about your birthday in Peru! Unexpected adventures are the best, whether they’re for a special day or an ordinary one.

    • Thanks Briana! That’s so true – unexpected adventures are definitely my favourite kind :)

  4. How wonderful you spent your birthday in Peru, and Ice Road Truckers? Pretty awesome! HB!


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