Welcoming in 2009

We had been warned, but nothing prepared us for the insanity that is Copenhagen on New Year’s Eve. The girls’ teachers warned all the kids multiple times: Do not go outside on New Year’s Eve without goggles. And if the Danes are warning you about the danger–this is the land of open fire pits for warmth in amusement parks–you know you should listen.

Our friend Josh would have thought he had died and gone to heaven. The grocery stores carry fireworks here. We’re not talking about packs of sparklers and poppers. We’re talking about 200-feet-high rockets that cascade multi-colored lights. Stuff that you can buy only at semi-legal stands on Indian reservations in Washington.

The fireworks started at about 6pm. By 8pm there was a constant stacatto of explosions around the city. By 11:45 it was nearly constant, and then at midnight everywhere you looked there was fireworks. The street lights were obscured from the smoke. A haze crept over the city. For about an hour the pandemonium reigned.

Even now, at about 3am fireworks are echoing around the city.

I shot some video. It’s 9 minutes of fireworks, but these were exploding barely above eye level!


8 Responses to Welcoming in 2009

  1. Susan Young says:

    Wow! very spectacular! I love how you wrote “if the Danes are warning you, it must be something!” Thanks for sharing your experiences. I haven’t sat down with your Christmas post yet, but hope to soon.

    I have 2 recipes you might like for your food blog (dare I be so bold). I’ll email them to you. Much love and happy new year. If you needed goggles tonight you just might need a breathing mask tomorrow!

  2. Tonya says:

    Did Sammy have a heart attack??? Zeke would’ve freaked out sooooo bad!! It looks awesome!!! I love that Cate just keeps screaming in the background!! I’m jealous!

  3. Tonya says:

    I just watched it with Josh and we thought it sounded a lot like a war zone. Josh says he wants to come for New Years now!!!!!!

  4. Katy K says:

    Wow! That was really impressive!! Last night my sister-in-law kept asking us where the fireworks were going to be in Vancouver (none). I’m going to have to send this to her.

    Happy New Year!

  5. ron c1 says:

    And that they probably call Americans “cowboys”

    We in the USof A need to lighten up a bit, get the trial lawers out of the way and enjoy fireworks more.

    Have a great New Year Paul, Rachelle and girls.

    love dad

  6. magpiegirl777 says:

    Susan, Yes! Send the recipes! We’ll put them up. If you want you can sign on as a regular contributor. After all it’s “food by friends, for friends.” (foodhero.wordpress.com)

    In this video I love how Paul suddenly says: “Girls! Go get your goggles!” 🙂

  7. Jen says:

    I heart fireworks in the deepest way. This looks soooooo fun!

  8. Amber says:

    Those Danes know how to party! Happy 2009!

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