January 01, 2009
Happy New Year
I went out with some friends to see in the New Year. We started off at Mikkel's boat, a nice Nautor, eating barbecued lamb, red cabbage salad, potato salad and green salad, and drinking some beer and wine while chilling out.
I got there a bit late, having had to collect my bike first, so the lamb was cold - but still tasty and tender. The plan was for the six of us to cycle into Copenhagen around 11:15 pm, but we were slightly late and got to Dronning Louises Bro just before midnight - I think the leap second saved us! Being at Dronning Louises bro, one of the bridges that spans the lakes in Copenhagen, has become a tradition for many young Danes, and many thousands turn out each New Year's Eve to watch the fireworks, drink, laugh and dance. The fireworks were visible all around Copenhagen from the bridge, and we spent about an hour just drinking, watching and wishing people "Godt nytår!" or "Happy new year!".
It was a very cold night, and someone had the brilliant idea of starting a bonfire on the bridge. I think everyone who was there last night at some point re-raised their body temperature to above freezing around that bonfire! It was so nice to feel the cold seeping out of your bones and feet.
There was live music from DJ Whopper and the rapper Lucy Love. Dancing also helped to keep the circulation going, along with beer reasonable priced at 100 kr for 5 50cl glasses. Thus fuelled, we danced and drank until around 3am, whereupon my mate Pete suggested that we go to Tietgens Collegium, a new and impressively architected student dorm out on the island of Amager, near where I live.
When we got there, the party was in full swing, and more drinking and dancing ensued. We left around 7am, and the sky was a beautifully clear blue, tinged with pink from the dawn. It was still damn cold, but fortunately the combination of alcohol and the short distance to get home meant it was not too much of a chore. And then I slept, waking just a few hours ago with a surprisingly clear head and feeling hungry, which I take to be a fairly good sign!
Posted by daen at January 1, 2009 08:20 PM
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