My wife, Josie, and I are planning to spend the evening of our 33rd wedding anniversary at the mountain city of Baguio. Our past anniversary plans were always put in second place behind some other event.
April will mark my 12th year in the Philippines and I’ve never been to Baguio City. If I don’t make it to that city this year, I’ll be very upset.
Okay, so shopping doesn’t sound like something a couple would do on a wedding anniversary. We can get fresh fruit and vegetables in Baguio that we can’t here. Not fresh, anyway.
We want to get some fresh iceberg lettuce and some fresh strawberries, if either is in season. We won’t just be looking for things to eat, of course, because we’ll have plenty of time for that in the evening.
Supposedly, Baguio has some nice restaurants. I wouldn’t know - I’ve never been there. Josie told me the last time she was there was in 1980, when she was 19 years old. That’s a long time ago, five years before we married and three years before we met.
I’m not driving. A relative (Alex) who’s been there many times will be driving. Hopefully, he’ll know where to find the good places to eat.
Over the course of 33 years, our wedding anniversary plans have changed more often than not. I was in the military for some of those years. When I was in the military, I didn’t have a choice in the matter if my plans got spoiled. The Persian Gulf War of 1991 is one example. I spent my wedding anniversary in a military work tent.
Baguio is our plan for this year’s wedding anniversary. Unless Josie decides on something better, that’s where I’ll be later this month. We’ll be back late in the evening if all goes well.