Turning Twenty-Three: Critique, Thai Food & Cake

Bam! I’m twenty-three.  What happened?  In any case, it’s been a totally wonderful day.  I was awoken by the chiming of my cell phone receiving a happy birthday message from Tor Edvin, opened a present from my parents, and talked with them on the phone shortly after. Then there was a legendary breakfast, when Charlotte and I drove to a vegan/gluten-free bakery- envision green smoothies, birthday cake, cookies, and baked goods galore.  After a day of photo critique, which I must say Charlotte totally rocked, we ended the evening at one of my favorite Thai restaurants with a surprisingly large number of my classmates.  It was a great day.

I thought it might be fun to reminisce, through photos, about some of the memorable birthdays of the past few years.  Let’s start in 2007, my seventeenth birthday – the earliest birthday photos I had on Flickr.  I had a party at my parent’s house with a TON of friends from high school – I was going to be leaving for Norway in a few short months, at that point. I had a mountain cake, we jumped on the trampoline, etc – I just can’t believe how many people were there, and how young we were.  I remember feeling so old.

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I turned eighteen in Narvik during my exchange year. Since Tor Edvin’s birthday and mine are pretty close together, we had a birthday party together at our friend Nina’s house with all of our friends and classmates. The sun never set – I remember my host parents were out of town and I spent the night with my friend Zlata in Bjerkvik. We drank champagne (18 is the European 21), ate cake, danced around and laughed all night.

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the birthday kids

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My nineteenth birthday was actually also in Norway, right in the middle of Russ, a 17-day long graduation party. Even better, my birthday happened to fall on the day when all the Russ (graduating seniors) in Northern Norway road-tripped to Harstad, taking over the city and partying all weekend long. We slept in a gym, danced all night, and generally had a fabulous time.

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I turned 20 in Lugano, Switzerland, where I attended my first year of college. We hiked all day and made cupcakes, but I also had a birthday party at my house in Alaska when I got home.

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YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I turned 21 in the Himalayas in India. There are no photos taken on this day, because by that point everyone’s cameras were out of batteries, but we had been in the mountains for over a month and were on our way down through a blossoming springtime forest. We befriended some local villagers and stayed with them for a few days.

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My twenty-second birthday was in Providence, Rhode Island – I don’t remember doing anything eventful on the day itself, but it was around that time that we went to Block Island for the first time and did a lot of hiking on Mt. Desert Island in Maine.

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…and today!  What a shame I don’t carry around my 5D casually anymore, haha.  Instagram has changed everything.  It seems I didn’t document very much, but you get the idea!

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Charlotte and I celebrating at midnight last night. 

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Gluten-free everything. 

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Ben’s amazing work. 

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Yes, he dressed to match his prints. 

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Jackson made a corrupted-code JPG-artifact out of one of my old photos from last year.  How cool!

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Everyone amazed by Charlotte’s final series.  It blew our minds. 

  Anyway, thank you to everyone who has made this day as wonderful as it’s been.  To another epic year ahead!

One thought on “Turning Twenty-Three: Critique, Thai Food & Cake

  1. It’s very cool that you can look back and see how far you’ve come just by reviewing your past birthdays! I’m 17 now, turning 18 later this year and I hope that I’ve been as many places and had as many fantastic times you’ve had so far when I’m 23. Happy belated birthday, by the way!

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