Last weekend was my birthday. Ethan surprised me - he never tells me where we are going - to a staycation at one of Phnom Penh's small boutique hotels, Blue Lime. It was a quiet, wonderful weekend of lounging by the pool, eating, reading, napping, drinking wine and even having a pedicure. This sounds weird, but the walls were so high in that hotel that it blocked out all the noise. You forgot you were in Phnom Penh.
I've never been one to make a fuss over my birthday. I prefer small, quiet celebrations, though I do remember, fondly, the epic celebration I had in Portland two years ago, one that lasted days, some days into the wee hours, with my sisters and Ryan coming to visit. I love my sisters.
The staycation also gave me an excuse to check out hotels. My sisters and Ryan are visiting me in May!! They initially tried to fly out for my birthday, but scheduling was a mess. Now, the trip is finally confirmed, and I am beside myself excited.