Happy New Year!

The Dutch celebrate New Year with fireworks, but this year the weather wasn’t great, a lot of wind, and a lot of rain. Which meant there were short bursts of fireworks between the showers. Also there’s been a law change this year and the superbig packets of “double happy” fireworks, they can now be sold in lots of 10,000. It’s a bad name for them, 10,000
going off next to me didn’t make me double happy at all.Due to the rain we skipped the outdoor party in the centre of Amsterdam, which was an outdoor concert on Dam Square, instead we had dinner and celebratory champagne at home.

A very gentle, very happy start to 2007.

And a very big mess on the streets of Amsterdam the following day.

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