4.05.2007

Rojstni dan imam danes!

I may be wrong with my sentence structure there, but I think the Slovene is understandable anyways: today is my birthday! It's been pretty low key, since last night was a big international student party and we were out until 3:30 or so and then up again for our 8:30 AM Theory of Ideology seminar.

So far I've had happy birthday sung to me in four languages: Gaelic (courtesy of a nice lad from Belfast), Slovenian, French and English. In Wednesday's afternoon language class we covered date and time, so I was able to say "rojstni dan imam jutri" when we were going around the room practising saying the date of our birthday. The teacher laughed and sang me "vse najboljše".

Jay took the idea of celebration and internationalism to heart and drank shots of tequila, and then made about 20 new friends from all over Europe. Bets were placed with the Dutch, dance contests threatened with the Portuguese and the ins and outs of scifi / fantasy publishing discussed with the Irish. We are also responsible for introducing our friend Jan to the glory that is post-drinking burek at 3:00 AM. How can one not be aware of this important foodstuff? The mind boggles.

Today was easy-going: class, falafel at Bavarski dvor, napping and then Zvezda for cake and bela kava. Why did no one alert me to the existence of Sachertorte? I've spent 28 years in shameful ignorance. I was going to order something else, but the waiter wouldn't let me because he thought my chosen cake didn't look good enough, so he recommended this confection of chocolate cake with apricot jam and dark chocolate icing. I am now in fear for my health and my wallet.

12 comments:

Disablez said...

Well, add "cagtizno spansko" -village Spanish- to the languages...

Cumpleaaaaaños feeeeelííííií'
cumpleaaaños feeeeelííííííí'
te deze'amo todo'
cumpleaño' feeeeeliiii'

Vse najboljse -you ate the j- and all that!

Lisa said...

Hvala lepa, Disablez! And thanks for the correction, that second 'j' always gets me but it's fixed now.

pengovsky said...

Vse najboljše and rock on, lisa! :D

Michael M. said...

Let me add German to the mix: Alles gute zum Geburtstag!

I had a "My-God-how-did-I-not-know-about-this-before" moment with baklava. And it's been demolishing me ever since.

maja said...

Vse najboljše Lisa! I'm glad to see your Slovenian is coming along nicely. :) And - Sachertorte is the BEST! :)

Maja said...

Happy birthday from my part as well! Veliko zdravja in sreče ti želim (wishing you health and happiness - that's what we usually add :) And yes, nothing beats the Sachertorte! After reading your post I am now tempted to bake it...

Lisa said...

Thank you for the nice comments!

I'm trying my best not to think about cake right now...but Michael's put baklava in my head, so I have two thoughts to battle against. And btw, where can I get baklava here? The closest I've seen it was in Mostar and that is a little too far even for a sugar addict like me. I've been able to find pretty much everything in Ljubljana (asides from Thai and Ethiopian food) but have yet to see any sign of it.

And Maja, do you have a good recipe you follow? I don't have an oven in our flat, so any such experiments will have to wait until we're back in Vancouver but I will need a fix when I am in Canada.

Disablez said...

Don't worry, I've been bugging Maja to make it since we got the "backoffen" (oven)... and now she doesn't have any excuse not to... I'll make her post the results soon :)

Iva said...

Hey Lisa, I've already laid down my congrats to you, what I'm left with now is trying to recover from the shock you were not acquainted with Sachertorte :D Well, you are now - and hooked, haha. Regarding baklava, that's the easiest thing to bake in the whole world and remind me to tell you the recipe when we get together. Finding it made-to-eat in Ljubljana should not be difficult at all too, try the marketplace (the covered part is your best bet), Mercators (dah), Ajdovo zrno, and any other random sweetshop. The best one I've had was in Turkey, but the situation here is not bad either. :) Just stay alert for bosnian or albanian cuisine and you'll find it :))))

Lisa said...

You know, now that you mention it, I seem to recall seeing it out of the corner of my eye at the indoor market, but I think I was too preoccupied with ordering jabolčni zavitek and figuring out the amount of money involved in my order (still working on numbers...I know them independently and can count to 1000 but I get flustered when someone says a high number quickly) and so didn't consciously notice the baklava. This bears more investigation tomorrow morning.

Jenn said...

I so totally left you a happy birthday from canada note here.. but I must have messed up my word verification and not noticed it didn't post...

*doh*

Happy Birthday

julia said...

will it make you happy or sad to know that jason has made me that cake before? you guys really should drop by more often. despite the commute... although i am closer than most of your friends right now. i do have a spare room down here in dhaka :)