We witnessed the most amazing phenomenan for New Years Eve. Alex had been promising me that the number of fireworks that we’d see going off on New Years Eve would look amazing, however it didn’t quite turn out like that. A fog came over Apeldoorn so bad that visibility is the worst I’ve ever seen so we didn’t get to see the fireworks!
Alex dropped his dad back off home at around 11pm to avoid the fireworks, and driving a car got so dangerous that Alex had to open his car door to see the lines on the road occasionally and at the traffic lights he had to get out the car and walk up to the traffic light to see what colour it was! There were people walking along in front of cars guiding the way, and neighbours came out their houses and were standing along the road with lights helping guide the cars. It was incredible!
I wasn’t with Alex for that drive thank god, but from Alex’s apartment there wasn’t much visibility and when it hit midnight the noise was amazing. The only fireworks we could see anything off were the ones that people let off in our own car park. It seemed a pity to have the firework display ruined by the fog, but apparently by law the fireworks have to be let off between midnight and 1 am, not that that stops people from letting them off the 2 weeks prior to New Years Eve and afterwards. This morning I’d have to say has been the quietest morning for the last 2 weeks.
So when we were watching the fireworks (or rather, listening to it), we went up the stairs to one of the 6th floor balconys. There were some fireworks going off fairly nearby which quite scared me. Cuz of my phobia of fire I guess it includes loud banging sparkly things.
Ben and Ineke have given me a packet of Oliebollen stuff to take home with me so that I can make Oliebollen at home. I’m so excited about this and so looking forward to introducing all my friends to Oliebollen! Who’s up for an Oliebollen party at my house when I get back……along with a game of Machiavelli? 😛