Short update tonight. I just got back from a really nice pre-birthday celebration (since I'll be at a orientation on my birthday, we leave tomorrow morning). The party wasn't all that complicated, just sitting around with the other 4 ALTs (Tara & Leigh Ann, who are returning JETs, Jacq who is here for two years on an embassy exchange, and Jessica who arrived with me) and drinking wine (and other things) and eating cheese and crackers (there isn't nearly the range of cheese here and it's really expensive). The really nice thing is that Jacq made me a cake (great stuff! the "icing" was 1/4 inch thick chocolate that cracked as I cut it) and they all made me a card. It's nice to feel celebrated.