Hey Travelers! It’s my birthday! Join me in celebrating my birthday! I’ll take you on a journey of self-care and special moments, from pampering myself with a pedicure to enjoying thoughtful birthday gifts and a beautiful beach day.
I treated myself to a pedicure for my birthday. What surprised me was the Brazilian approach to pedicures. Unlike the water-filled whirlpool tubs used in the U.S., pedicures here are done dry – no water involved! However, the salon I visited did have tubs, similar to what I’m used to in the U.S. One cool thing was that at this salon, two skilled nail techs worked on my hands and feet simultaneously. It was a relaxing experience and quite different from what I’m accustomed to at home.
As I celebrate my 31st birthday, I’ve committed to prioritizing self-care. Living abroad can pose challenges, and it’s the small pleasures like these that truly enrich life. Taking care of oneself is essential, and moments like these contribute significantly to my overall well-being.
My fiancé surprised me with thoughtful birthday gifts. He gave me the complete Hey Ms. Traveler merchandise set, which included a travel mug, hat, and shirts. I appreciate how considerate my fiancé is!
After exchanging gifts, my fiancé and I decided to spend the day at the beach. With the warm weather and my new Hey Ms. Traveler hat, I was all set for a relaxing day in the sun. We relaxed at the beach, sipped on refreshing drinks, and enjoyed some delicious food. It was absolutely perfect.
Amidst the celebrations, I had to strike a balance between work and pleasure. I am currently enrolled in a diversity and inclusion course from Cornell University, a program provided by the State Department. I had a deadline, so I dedicated some time to focus on my studies and complete the task.
In the evening, I changed into comfortable attire and went to a special birthday dinner with my fiancé. The restaurant was exceptional, earning a solid 5-star rating from me. I savored every moment.
As I conclude my birthday celebration in Rio de Janeiro, I can’t help but reflect on the incredible day I’ve had. I feel so grateful. From self-care and thoughtful gifts to beach adventures and a memorable dinner, it has been a day filled with love and happiness.