An Amazing New Years Celebration
It’s January 1st and last night was my first Dutch New Year’s celebration. It began with my promptly contracting an illness and being out-of-commission for most of the day. We walked around our beautiful neighborhood (something that we simply do not do enough) while I handed Serena sparkler after sparkler. There were some fireworks but nothing incredible.
I decided to retire around 10:30pm. I awoke to a cacophony around 11:45pm. I looked outside and it was the most incredibly display of fireworks that I’ve seen in my life. Fireworks are apparently legal in the city, which is something that I’ve never really seen. Everyone everywhere was firing off hundreds of euros worth of fireworks. They were surrounding us, on every street. Explosions of light and sound erupted everywhere around our house. This lasted for approximately an hour, intensity waxing and waning.
I had made the joke earlier that I bet that America did fireworks bigger. But, wow.. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Imagine being in a city, everyone on the streets, everyone shooting fireworks into the air. Artillery, fountains, children with sparklers.
I tried to capture some footage, but the conditions were not ideal for the equipment that I have.
Another American Expat
Just met another American coming back from the Cyberw@sh (wi-fi laundromat with coffee and a tanning bed). He’s a cartoonist that’s been living here for 4 years. He seemed very happy to see other Americans. In an act that would be very atypical for the Dutch he invited us to his home to drop by at any time. He seemed very interested in helping us learn and I may just take him up on his offer. I tend to appreciate cartoonists and his experiences could be valuable.