There was proper coffee at the German-run hostel in La Serena, Chile, flowers on the table, Google hangouts with the family, a stroll along the beach, a saunter through the Japanese garden, lemon pie from the hostel, jewellery from the hubby, crab swimming in cheese (pastel de jaiba) for dinner, a glass or two (or maybe more) of Chilean Carmenere (a red wine originating from Bordeaux but now rarely found in France), and best of all – it was my first birthday in the summer sun.