Hello and Happy New Years from Amsterdam! This post was originally going to be about a particular bucket list event that I took care of today in Amsterdam (seeing the Van Gogh Museum), but instead I have much more interesting news to report!
This evening my parents and I spent a quiet night in, much to the dismay of literally every Dutch person we spoke to over the course of the day. We received a half-jokes about the debauchery that occurs in Amsterdam on New Years Eve, including a story from a girl who refused to ride her bike because, apparently, people often throw fireworks at you if you do.
Initially it wasn’t shaping up to be a very remarkable night for us; it was cold and rainy, so we limited our ‘partying’ to getting one drink downstairs at the hotel bar, then went upstairs and watched Julie and Julia for the better part of two hours. And then the clock struck midnight.
We all scrambled to the large windows in our hotel room, which conveniently overlooked a balcony with a panoramic view of our section of the city. Our hotel is slightly outside of the center of town, but this only worked in our favor. Fireworks had started going off around five PM, but obviously reached their apex at midnight. And then we got to experience the most awe-inspiring, illuminating, and incredibly long-lived firework display of our lives.
The fireworks went off intensely for forty-five minutes without pause, culminating in a series of awesome finales that went on for another ten minutes or so. The fireworks didn’t stop then, but they did diminish in frequency and in size. After the finales the streets absolutely filled with smoke, which was probably made worse by the unceasingly rainy weather outside.
I did manage to snap a few photos, but they really do not do this event justice. It was an absolutely amazing, unexpected experience, and one of those awesome reminders about how the unplanned things that happen in your life can be some of the best. At any rate, I would definitely recommend putting “see the fireworks in Amsterdam on New Years” at the very top of your bucket list!