Last night, some friends and I made a trip out to Jin Jiang Action Park just a few subway stops south of downtown Shanghai in honor of my birthday. Over the course of four hours, we rode to the top of the world, we loop-d-looped backwards and forwards, we tilted and whirled, we were horified in a house, we were shot up into the air, we bumped in cars, we weaved in and out, and we rode the rapids. It was a good time had by all and was the best birthday party I’ve had all year!!!
As the night came to a close, we all made a pact to visit the new Shanghai amusement park that is slated to open soon. It will supposedly blow this one out of the water, but we’ll just have to wait and see!
This final photo was taken by Nik yesterday, and it will be the one I look at when I say to myself, “what did I look like when I turned 28?” I often think I still look the same as I did when I was 16, but I know better. I am not the athlete I once was and my body is full of evidence, but my face has changed as well. My cheek bones are more pronounced and my jaw line is sharper. The corner of my eyes are starting to wrinkle and the Sinz circles are here to stay. Freckles are found on my forehead and shoulders in the summertime where soft brown used to dominate. My hair is curlier is slowly being peppered with soft white strands. I love all of these little changes. I love that I look like I’m 28, whatever that means! I love that I am almost 30, but think it’s appropriate to act like I’m 5 every once in a while.
Thank you to everyone for all of the birthday wishes!!! And especially to Andy and Dominic who sang “Happy Birthday to you” no fewer than 50 times yesterday in celebration of everything from missing our subway stop to riding the first roller coaster to taking my first bite of the mango smoothie!!!