Frohes Neues Jahr

Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
Trip End Dec 14, 2015

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Howdy folks,

I hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable New Years Eve or Silvester as it is called over here. The most popular phrases are Frohes Neues Jahr (Happy New Year), Prost Neujahr or Guten Rutsch ins Neuen Jahr (Good slide into the new year). There were certainly lots of festivities going on here last night and we started off the evening with a fondue. This was my first deep fried fondue which involved sticking pieces of meat or mushrooms on forks and frying them until they shrivelled up into deep fried goodness. It was very filling because you don't realise how much you are eating until you can't eat anymore!

We killed a bit of time after dinner playing Looping Louie and memory and watching the obligatory 'Dinner for One' (the same procedure as every year James!) before jumping on the 10:20pm tram into Heidelberg. The tram was quite full and people openly drink in public. Its a concept that is hard to imagine in Australia because you aren't even allowed to drink water on a bus. As we pulled into Heidelberg and over the bridge into Neuenheim, there were already people setting off fireworks from the street. In Germany its legal to buy fireworks for New Years Eve and we even saw fireworks for sale in the supermarket! Of course they aren't cheap, but it doesn't stop people spending an easy 50 Euros on a couple of quick thrills.

We made our way up the hill along the Philosophenweg with a crowd of people who all had the same idea. Our destination was the Philosophers Garden, but there were plenty of people there already, so we headed a bit further until we had a perfect spot to see the fireworks. From the time we got there until the time we left, there were people settting off fireworks. We had an hour to wait until midnight, but it was a nice spot to see over the valley to the Alte Brucke, Schloss, Alt Stadt and even down into the plains. As the minutes counted down the number of fireworks became unbelieveable, it was almost like living in Beruit with the number of explosions! Not only could you see fireworks from down towards Mannheim all the way through to Neckargemund.

Steffie's parents brought a bottle of sparkling wine, so we all toasted in the new year and watched the fireworks until 12:20am when we headed back down the hill with all the people who weren't sticking around to party. You had to be careful because people were setting off fireworks everywhere including 2 metres behind my back! Thankfully we didn't have to wait long for a tram.

Happy New Year 2013!
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