Wednesday, 4 January 2012

New Year's Eve

Happy 2012 everyone! Did you do anything special to bring in the new year?

I went to visit a friend who I hadn't seen in a while. She'd invited me to what she had intended to be a small, quiet New Year's eve with a few friends. The evening was going quickly for our small group; we chatted over food and drink, sang songs and played silly games. It was getting a little late by the time we decided we should probably head out if we wanted to see the fireworks. We even made hot chocolate to go so we could celebrate in style when Big Ben chimed midnight.

Of course, we were stuck in traffic for much of the way with others who'd presumably decided on the same thing. We eventually managed to park the car somewhere with 15 minutes to go and had to race against the clock to be on one of the bridges for the fireworks over the Thames. It's not easy to power walk whilst holding a flask of hot chocolate. We made it in time though and promptly joined in with the excited throng. There was much jumping, and shouting, and hugging. The hot chocolate had gone cold, but we didn't care anymore.

After the countdown and the light show, we decided to delay getting back into the car as we didn't want to have spent more time in it than out of it. So we wandered around the streets of central London, sang some more songs and bought smoothies from a smoothie shop that had employed bouncers for the night. Soon after, it was decided that we would all crash at my friend's place so that we could have a fry up breakfast together in the morning.

It was around 2am when we got back. Still buzzing, we continued to eat the leftover food and proceeded to wax lyrical about life and other things right into the small hours.

RW Emerson said, "It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

How true.


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