On the day of my birthday itself, it was a Monday. My new friends were all at work. I decided to go to the local botanical garden, called Kirstenbosch.
It. Was. Fantastic.
Backing right up to Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is a rambling, beautiful garden area with paths and flowers and animals and trees and streams…the perfect place to spend the day walking around, thinking, praying, and enjoying nature.
There were a few other people wandering about…old folks, tourists, the usual. But on a random Monday at the end of Winter, it was deliciously quiet and peaceful.
I’ve had a number of birthdays now, and many of them have been quite enjoyable. I’ve celebrated my birthday in four different countries. Last year I was in the hospital on my birthday, which I do not recommend, though it’s a great way to get strangers to wish you a happy birthday because all the nurses check your date of birth when they walk in the room! But my 30th stands out as being incredibly special, because I got to spend it in such a beautiful location in such a beautiful country.