Happy New Year!
Alone on New Years can be a challenge for me, wishing I had someone special to share it with. Then add being in another country where it seems all the tourist around you are with other people. But I new I would “go for it” and see what happens. So I had my dinner “cup of bulgar” and popcorn. With “lava” chocolate for desert and hot Coco. Then Dressed for success, in Iceland that means the cold wind, snow or rain and ice. Gloves are old Military my favorite item of clothing in Iceland and the only night I used them. Darn.
Its 9pm and decide to brave the world of Ice to see some Fire! I walk towards the swimming pool where I swam the first day I arrived. I found a old map online of where bon fires were and they said the staid in the same locations. Soon I saw billowing smoke and a block latter I followed a line of people to a massive burning inferno of flame 15 feet high. Fire works going off around, children with huge sparklers 2 feet long. and while three paper lanterns floated up out of the mayhem to the sky above. So quite in all the cauause surrounding. I find I am so inthralled by them, one of these years I will need to go to a lantern ceremony. They would be so magical at the cabin in the middle of winter with snow all around, I will need to learn to make these and give it a try.
While at the bon fire I look around for some one to take my photo and I ask a lone women to. We get chatting, after the photos. Bev is also traveling on her own, from England. We hit it off and decided to head to town for a drink and watch the big event up on the hill. We luckily have the same taste in Bars, not the really loud ones with people out the door, but a block latter a nice one with a bit of space to sit and have a drink. A pint of Stout, so yummy, totally hit to spot. We chatted it up and then a local asked if we were going to watch the fire works, of course, guess he felt we were w bit behind schedule. We headed up the hill towards the church fire works all ready going off all around, I love how they feel in the chest the BANG,
I wanted to clap every time, so exciting. We ended up at the street headed to the church and as midnight struck TONS of fireworks going off everywhere it went on for at least 25 minutes crazy then back to frequent for another 30 minutes I would say. SO exciting Icelanders singing in the streets. Fireworks exploding out the old year and banging in the new….. Yeah. Walked back home arriving around 2AM so jazzed up didn’t get to sleep till 3:30 am.
Bev thanks for making the New Years night more fun, to share the experience with someone! Great.
The year begins, this year I can tell is already starting special. I feel “relaxed and energized” always a good sign.