In honor of New Years Eve, I decided to look back on 3 of my last 4 New Years Eves by sharing pictures and remembering what fun they were. They brought me to two different countries and two different states, and I celebrated with different people each year. How’s that for variety?
I didn’t include NYE 2010 because if I remember correctly, I had just moved home from college and spent the night on the couch watching Snooki drop in a ball. The thought of that scene alone was so depressing that I went straight to my computer the next day and wrote this blog post, then soon after, this one about getting off my lazy butt and applying for internships. Within a week I had two interviews for internships, one of which I got on the spot…and it set me on the path I am today.
Maybe that New Years Eve was mention-worthy after all
Munich, Germany — NYE 2008 — I welcomed in 2009 in the most confusing and exciting New Years Eve setting to date: surrounded by Germans and Austrians (namely, my Austrian friend/host Laura, who was also studying abroad in Lyon with me) in Munich, Germany. Laura met me at the Munich train station on New Years Eve day, after I’d spent 3 days in Prague and had a hell of a time figuring out how to take the train (I speak neither Czech nor German). We went straight to Hofbrauhaus and shared German sausage & beer and chatted in French, much to the confusion of the Italian lads sharing our cafeteria-style table. The rest of the night was spent at a house party and later wandering the streets of Munich, where there was no real fireworks show but rather random people lighting firecrackers out of champagne bottles. Craziest experience EVER, as I spent most of the night speaking surrounded by a weird mix of English, French, and German, with fireworks flying inches from my face. New Years morning (as well as the next week of my Euro trip through Munich, Salzburg, and Stockholm) was snowy and glorious.
San Francisco, California USA — NYE 2009 — 3 of my best friends from college and I (we went to UCSB but are all from the Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto area) traveled to San Francisco to ring in our graduation year (Class of 2010, woo!) together. We started the night in Berkeley and had more fun getting ready and taking pictures in front of Starry Night together than we actually did in SF – we couldn’t get into any bars (AKA we didn’t want to pay a cover) and ended up roaming the streets most of the night…until we made it to the Ferry Building at midnight and saw the fireworks!
Croft Lake, Oregon, USA — NYE 2011 — Last year, we spent New Year’s weekend in beautiful Oregon, at my roommate’s parents’ cabin on Croft Lake. The weekend was spent canoeing, lounging around and cooking in the cabin, and checking out holiday lights at Shore Acres National Park in nearby Coos Bay. We were pretty much the only inhabitants of the maybe 1 dozen cabins on the lake there for the weekend, so we had the whole place to ourselves and the 6 of us set off firecrackers while blasting music, having a dance party on the deck, and drinking champy. T-Man’s mom had bought me a nice bottle of bubbly from Domaine Carneros, where she had treated me to a nice outing as a Christmas present, so we got to enjoy that too
My ideal NYE this year would have been something like last year, and until yesterday or the day before, we were contemplating going up to Tahoe for a mini-re-creation…but I think this year is a better year than ever to stay at home and appreciate what I have right in front of me: family, friends, my own apartment (!!!), a job. Despite an overall horrid year, I do have a lot of good things to look back on.
Plus, who knows where I’ll be next year? That’s always the fun thing to wonder. Have a safe and happy new year everyone!