I’ve been away for my birthday once before. I was 22 and spent it on a girls’ holiday in Tenerife – I ate the worst cooked breakfast of my life, spent the day tanning by the pool, then drank a bottle of fake champagne, went out and kissed a holiday rep. I figured my 29th would probably be a little different (except for the tanning by the pool bit!)
After a weekend drinking a LOT at a wedding, we woke up pretty late in our gorgeous hotel room. I got up first, and drank a Fanta out of the mini bar costing three euros fifty – but hey, it was my birthday! Padding across the room, I opened the light cream curtains and let the sunlight flood in. Honestly, I will never get over how beautiful this view was – our hotel was just stunning!
We had breakfast by the pool, and again, I mean just look at the view! The food choices were pretty epic too, from the usual fry up fare to fresh fruit and vegetables, little Greek pastries and even freshly baked cookies! Needless to say, Greece was not as good for my waistline as it was for my happiness!
We spent the day lazing by the pool, alternately reading our books and dipping in the water. The pools were seriously cold, but it was so hot that we got in anyway, or sat on the edges reading with our feet trailing in the water. At lunchtime we wandered over the road to the local bakery and came back to our loungers for feta cheese and lettuce baguettes in the shade of the umbrellas.
In the afternoon we ordered my favourite summer cocktail, pina coladas, and drank them happily, bathing in the sun. Maybe a little too much – I have to admit I was a bit crispy when we returned to our room to get ready for the evening!
We’d been travelling about a lot for the past few days so thought it would be nice to stay within walking distance of the hotel for the evening. Ian had been out on a run the day before and spotted a Mexican restaurant just up from our hotel – Senor Zorba.
I’m a massive fan of Mexican food, so even though I wasn’t sure how good a Mexican in Greece would be, we decided to give it a go. I felt immediately more confident when we arrived and were greeted by a decidedly American waitress!
We were shown to our seats and ordered. As it was my birthday, we maybe went a bit overboard, and ordered this massive combo starter to share. With greasy fingers we ate onion rings, sticky BBQ ribs, chicken wings, quesadillas, tostadas and a tonne of guacamole, piled up on taco chips. All of it was so tasty that we just kept eating and eating!
Somehow we still found room for our mains! I had chicken enchiladas and they were INCREDIBLE.
I couldn’t recommend it more – the food was amazing, the service excellent and there are beautiful views across the sea at sunset. Definitely somewhere to visit if you’re on the island and tiring of the usual Greek fare.
We wandered home and I re read my birthday messages, feeling very tired and very lucky. Spending your birthday abroad can be strange or it can be a treat, and this time it felt like a really amazing way to spend turning 29. Which doesn’t mean I’m not planning a belated celebration this weekend, of course…!