Michaela Brown (right) and I celebrating my third birthday in Lima, Peru.
In the 22 years I have been alive, I have had all kinds of birthday celebrations, most of them taking place in South America. So, here is a list of 11 things that make South American parties much better than North American parties.
- Before you turn 15, a piñata must be included in every party.
- Guests may sing up to three songs before the birthday person is allowed to blow out his or her candles.
“Cumpleaños Feliz,” “Queremos que parte la torta” and “Defectos y Qualidades” are some of the few songs sung before blowing out the candles.
- The birthday person does not have to open presents in front of people.
- The time given on the invitation for when the party starts actually means the time you should leave your house to get to the party.
- Parties are always formal no matter what.
Parties are always elegant in South America.
- The birthday person is always given a mordidita (where the birthday person is allowed to take a bite from the cake and one of his or her friends pushes the person’s face into the cake).
Wait for iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.
- That being said, ice cream cake is not a substitute for a real cake.
- “Happy Birthday” is sung in both English and Spanish.
“Jappy berdey tu ju. Jappy berdey tu ju. Que los cumplas felices. Cumpleaños feliz”
- There are no birthdays that take place in arcades (like Chuck E Cheese) because they distract the guests from the birthday person.
- Dancing, dancing and more dancing!
- A quinceañera is way more important than a sweet sixteen.
I mean, why would you even want a sweet sixteen after a quinceañera?
When living in a foreign country, it is always good to take advantage of all of the tourism the country has to offer. So when we moved to Ecuador, we visited the Mitad del Mundo (middle of the world), rode the gondola called the Teleférico that took us to the top of the mountain surrounding Quito called Pichincha and hiked up one of the snow-capped mountains, Cotopaxi.
By: Michaela Brown
I will never be able to forget how excited I was that day. It was the first field trip of my first grade year. I had been waiting weeks to go on this field trip, not only because we got to leave school, but also because we were going swimming at a public pool. I had been swimming since I was three, while some of the other kids in my class did not know how to swim at all.
Michaela Brown learned how to swim at 3 years old.
Ever since I was little, I always enjoyed singing. I would sing songs from “The Little Mermaid,” trying to copy Ariel’s beautiful voice. Then when my mom joined the band Corban, she let my siblings and I climb on stage to help them sing one of their songs.
Michaela (right) and I began singing at a young age.
For part 1, click here. For part 2, click here.
Trujillo, Peru – 2003
During this time in my life, my parents were greatly involved in the Alianza Cristiana y Misionera América Sur (Christian and Missionary Alliance of South America) church. Dad had to be at the church almost every night of the week to lead Bible studies, preach or plan an event. Continue reading