New Year's Eve

Trip Start Nov 09, 2007
Trip End Feb 03, 2008

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

One of the reasons I had chosen Hostel Celica was that we would be in a more interesting location for Cameron and Jean on New Year's Eve. Sure enough, the hostel was having a NYE party with cheap drinks, all invited.

Jess and I planned to go to the Preseren Square where there was a concert on and fireworks would be set off from the castle above the town. All of us went out looking for somewhere for dinner at around 7pm and tried a couple of places just by walking up to them. Of course it was New Year's Eve so they were all booked out. We had earmarked a favourite restaurant to return to but sadly it was closed when we tried to book so that left us searching for somewhere to eat. We spotted the trusty Chinese restaurant that we had eaten in on our first night and thought well at least we can eat there. When we went in and asked they looked a bit uncomfortable and not wanting to turn us away offered us a table as long as we were finished by 9.30. That was fine with us. We ordered a meal that was as sumptuous as we could manage, and even had a bottle of champagne (Jean's idea) which made it all seem a bit more festive.

After dinner we went back to the Hostel to dump our Bled stuff and get ready a bit for the New Year. At 10.30 we left Cameron and Jean to join the party that the Hostel had put on for the guests. Jess and I felt a bit old for that and the wee ones were a bit young too so we headed off into the cold cold night to soak up the atmosphere in the square and watch the fireworks.

When we got to the square it was pretty crowded and the concert was in full swing, with "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" being belted out in Slovenian by what looked like the local version of High Five. The girls were content to watch this for maybe four minutes and then wanted to move on. Hmmm... how were we going to fill in more than two hours?

We went for a bit of a walk around, but we were getting colder by the minute. 'I'm not going to last this' Jess told me. 'Me either' I said so we found a café attached to a hotel just near the main square that had stayed open. Jess and I had two cocktails each and also a coffee while the girls had a couple of drinks too. Needless to say we lingered and lingered over the drinks, watching the people comng and going in the café and the hotel. A woman of about 25 came in all dressed up, with an Alsatian on a leash and proceeded to pose for a series of photographs taken by her parents. She went upstairs and appeared some time later in normal clothes. Don't know where the dog went.

A group of Italians came in - maybe 30 of them - and ordered cocktails and coffees which kept the single waitress busy for a while. While she wasn't looking a group of three men who had been sitting at a table for some time and had consumed at least two drinks each - martinis - snuck out without paying. When the waitress realised she tore out after them but they had gone. She was in a foul mood after that.

Around 11.30 we decided to head back down to the square. It was now packed out and we couldn't get anywhere near the stage. We found a place where we would see the castle and had a couple of mulled wines and before too long we heard them counting down from ten to zero in Slovenian so we had to guess when it was midnight based on the level of shouting. Kisses all round and we watched the fireworks, which went on for ages. We strolled home though the chilly night and got back around 1am.

It was a nice way to see in 2008.
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