A very happy new year 2015! I hope it will be as fun and full of new discoveries as 2014 was. I have some plans for the blog, and I’d be thrilled if you would follow along.
Here are a couple of impressions from my New Year’s party, which was held at our friends’ place smack in the center of Copenhagen, across from the Glyptotek. Now, every Danish New Year’s party starts at 6pm with watching the Queen’s annual speech. As last year, you could place bets on what she would mention (safe bets include Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and “søfolk”, whereas guesses like “snapchat” or “Bendtner” have great odds, but did not make you rich this time). Some people also have a drinking game centered around the number of times she makes a mistake while reading up from her papers. I am always greatly surprised by the table of “royal experts” that dissect every part of the speech afterwards. What does a “royal expert” even do all day? My guess is writing for ladies’ magazines, probably.
For dinner, we had an amazing three course meal, which consisted of a starter with carrots and scallops, a main course of venison with root vegetables and potato nests, and cheesecake for dessert. The dinner was a bit potluck style, with different people bringing the three courses, but all of them were truly delicious.
We were so lucky to have access to a rooftop terrace, so around 10pm, we headed up to watch Tivoli’s big firework show. For some reason, they don’t wait until midnight, so we got two times the fireworks, and I won’t complain about that! After dinner, it was already time for the show, and it was definitely good to get some fresh air. The party continued as parties do, and we made sure to climb on couches and chairs so we could “jump into the new year” at midnight, as Danish tradition requires. Afterwards, we headed out onto the street to watch the fireworks, and shoot off some of our own.
Now, I admit that the pictures could be better, but I didn’t want to bring my camera, so I had to make do with the phone! Next year, I might try some long exposure shots of fireworks, but I don’t have a foot for my camera yet, so any attempt this year would have turned out blurry anyway.
We finally headed back inside and had a piece of delicious, homemade “kransekage”, which is a delicious pyramid of layered marzipan cake rings. I failed to get a shot of the entire cake (a masterpiece!) but I did manage to snatch the top layer, including the little silver umbrella.
Now, I had a great time at the party, potentially a bit too great, because after boasting that I never get drunk (allegedly because I’m German - great logic), I spent the complete day yesterday a miserable mess on my couch. So I guess I had that coming. But I’m still determined that 2015 will be an amazing year, despite that somewhat failed first day. I don’t have a list of resolutions, because I tend to not keep them and then feel bad. So instead, I just plan to enjoy every second of this new year to the fullest, and make the most of it the best way I can.
How was your New Year’s Eve? And do you have any resolutions for 2015?