Once again I am thankful for such wonderful friends who have included me in their lives and invited me around for a house party to celebrate the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011. It was a fantastic night that culminated in standing out in the street setting off fireworks and drinking Sekt as we welcomed in 2011. I completely underestimated the passion that Germans of all ages have for fireworks. People started letting them off at 4:30pm and it continued until about 5am this morning. Madness, pure madness and yet it was the most real New Year’s celebration I have seen. People standing in the street, toasting the New Year and creating their own fireworks display in the freezing cold.
I consumed more alcohol than I probably should have – 2 vodka and cokes, 1 rum and coke, a glass of Sekt to toast the New Year, a shot of unknown but incredibly strong alcohol (what the hell was that stuff?) and a vodka jelly shot. I’m paying for it this morning.
I happily stumbled home around 3:30am and felt like such a lightweight when I saw a couple in their 70s doing the same thing. I hope when I’m that age, I’m still stumbling home from a great night of celebration with good friends at 3:30am.
2010, there was much about you that really sucked but you have changed my life forever. 2011, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me.