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Published: January 1st 2019
Happy New Year everyone!
Ok. So. Last night was fabulous.
The walk up to the bonfire was way better than anticipated - the sidewalk, thankfully, was cleared most of the way. Clearly priorities were in check haha. About 20min into the walk I ended up being adopted into an Icelandic family lol. I don't know if people feel bad I'm alone or if I look lost half the time, but I find that I'm often adopted by groups haha. Fine by me!
We cut through this park and there we were - not that you could miss it - the glow can be seen from quite far away! It was smaller than the one in Reykjavik last year, but I much preferred this one because you could tell it was local and not just a show. All generations were there and it was fun watching the kids running all over the place, sliding down hills, throwing snowballs at the fire etc. It was a real family vibe.
The official firework show is at the bonfire - 9pm ish - and it didn't disappoint! 10min of perfection. Not only is it always fun to watch the fireworks, but
it's that much better when you're in a crowd and you hear everyone ooooh and ahhhhhh lol. Love it!
The walk back into town was downhill, so although it was "easier" it was also a lot more slippery near the end lol. I did the flail dance a few times but managed to stay up right. Success!
Context: fireworks in Iceland are a crazy thing - anyone is allowed to buy them and people set them off wherever they like - it's basically a free for all from 5pm to 1am lol. (I feel bad for the pets!) Anyway, I was going to go to the square at midnight, but since there was such a good show at 9pm, and since I was feeling pretty lazy, I decided I could probably see them from the hostel. Not only could I see them from the hostel, but a bunch of people were also setting them off at the church so I literally lay in bed, with the blinds open, and watched fireworks from 11:45-12:15 lol. That is the life, let me tell you. I'm sure it would have been more impressive outside, but I was still happy. The streets
literally light up because there are fireworks coming from every which way - the houses all glow.
Literally nothing is open today other than like 1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop, so today was pretty low key. No new snow, but the wind was pretty strong, so it was quite cold... which obviously meant I decided to go for a long walk along the waterfront lol. Brrrr. Totally worth it though - I timed it perfectly - the sky was clear, so you got the proper "sunrise" colours as the sun peaked up over the mountains in the distance. The colours were stunning. I found a statue and a random little boat on my walk before turning around as I neared the airport. Back in town I went to the coffee shop for one of the best mochas I've ever had - certainly helped warm me up.
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