...the title sounds more exciting than it was. really, sadly, people in my town don´t celebrate birthdays bc they don´t have the money. so no one really did anything for it. plus you have to be your own propaganda to let people know it´s your bday so only a few people knew. but dari came through, he got me a present which is a big deal for him i know. it´s a shirt that says españa cause we are always talking about who is better real madrid or barcelona! then in the afternoon in a hurry he had to whisk me off to his house in farfan so that we could go eat pizza that night in a neighboring touristy´surfer town. the river was growing rapidly and the car wouldn´t pass if we waited any longer...so we practically ran out of the house, hopped in the car and drove off! it was fun and we had a great time visiting some family, his grandmother and aunts. one aunt killed a gallina or hen and cooked the traditional soup, sancocho for my bday the next day. that´s what you do here. but it was nice, a good break from the normal. i´m running out of internet time but just wanted to say thank you to all of you who wrote me and were thinking about me on my day. i can´t believe i´m 24...seems older than i feel. i guess that´s good. i´m in the middle of my training for the marathon and we are ramping up lots of work here with english classes, starting a seminar for accounting, and another for tourism investment developing in the future. so i´ll be busy, oh, and i´m pulling teeth trying to get my kids in the youth group to fund raise to go on a trip to a national park, you wouldn´t believe how hard it is to raise $10 even here. i need kristi houk´s pancakes at this moment to get some funds. take care all!