New Years Eve in a Foreign Land

Setting up for New Years dinner,  I could not help but think that if this is how my year was going to start, I have no doubt that it will be a great one. This would be by far one of the best new years eve’s I have ever had. Sitting on the roof of a house in Hong Kong looking out onto nature (and the roofs of everyone else’s homes). This was not a problem however because no one actually goes out onto their roof. Weird right? Dinner was absolutely delicious. It reminded me of home (no Asian food in sight).

As nice as the food and company were we were more excited to go see the fireworks in central! Our cousin raced ahead of us to go get some liquid refreshments ( juice if you are under 18). In South Africa, it is not the norm to drink in public unless you are in a restaurant or bar. However here we were three teenagers and me the old lady sipping on sky on the ferry to Central ( once again, juice if you are under 18) and no one even looked at us twice. Bazaar!


The innocence in our faces.

We needed to be strategic about where we placed ourselves so that we would get the best view of the fireworks. This took longer then I would’ve thought. Four piers later and we decided this has to be the one, so we walk up the stairs onto a grass patch. We weren’t the only ones with that idea. When it comes to my cousins it is, “Go big or why did you even show up to the party”?? So they see some kids up on the pier tower and feel that it would be the BEST place to see everything… Now I am no genius but I was pretty sure that it was not one hundred percent allowed. There is, however, something about being in a different country however that makes you feel like you can do anything, ill never see these people again anyway.


Just a little tip, don’t try to climb up anything high wearing a tight dress. It just doesn’t work. A few bruises later and we were at the top making new friends.The view of the city was perfect. At least this year I know I won’t  fall asleep before twelve! Lights everywhere, no stars in sight, the time displayed on one of the buildings, 5, 4,3,2,1…


Something about fireworks can make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

“12 New chapters, 365 New chances”- anonymous

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