Typical Chilean Birthday


My Chilean Birthday celebration began like this: extra hugs and kisses from my family, then when I arrived to school everyone sang happy birthday to me, 7 times total during the school day (3 times in English). On the way to the bus stop after school I was introduced to the Chilean tradition of throwing food at the birthday girl. I was walking down the street minding my own business when half a dozen eggs were broken on top of my head. Needless to say, I was very surprised. After hearing them sing Happy Birthday two more times, I had to get on the public bus to go home. It was a very sticky adventure. Apparently, eggs broken over your head is the Chilean version of a birthday hat, because about 5 people I don’t know wished me a happy birthday. When I finally arrived home, I washed my hair 7 times, and put on clean clothes to greet my friends for my birthday party. We ate completos, (hot dogs with avocado, tomato, onion, and mayo on top) and chocolate birthday cake. All in all it was a very un-forgettable birthday and i will never forget the sensation of egg yolk sliding down my back.

Also, I would like to thank everyone for the birthday wishes. It is nice to know that after all of this time you all are still thinking of me, and it helps to know that I have a life to come back to. Love you all!


About christabou

I'm just your average blonde white girl from a small town in Colorado. I grew up going to school, skiing and most importantly, traveling. I like to think thats what sets me apart from the others my age. Ive been to Africa, Europe, Central and South America, and even lived for extended periods abroad. Its what I love to do, and here is where I write about it. I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoyed living them!

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