Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Eve London Style

Happy New Year's Everyone!
I hope this post finds you excited and eager to start 2012!
I think it will be our best year yet!
Nate and I had a fabulous night last night with our friends Heather and Steven.
London is a great place to be on New Year's Eve that's for sure!
Our night started off with a visit to one of our favorite Pakistani restaurants, "Tayyabs."

This food definitely has a lot of flavor and spunk to it.
It was a little on the spicy side but still very good.
I got a mixed vegetable curry dish, Steven went with the lamb curry, and Nate and Heather both got a chicken curry, all accompanied with freshly baked naan bread.
We got a jug of their mango lassi drink that is so good.
Pretty much just a mango milkshake, but amazing.
After dinner we went over to our place to play some games before the fireworks show started.
We played games on Nate's Ipad- (Life, Marble Mixer, Risk)
Around 10 we headed out to the River Thames to watch the fireworks.
Nate and I live so dead central London that we literally only had to walk about 1 min to get down to where the fireworks were going on. At Trafalgar Square, they had 4 big TV screens set up so people could watch the fireworks show on TV there if they wanted to. There were tons of people everywhere. The weather was perfect and not too cold to stand outside. They had music playing and a DJ. Some people were dancing and waving their arms around and of course most people were drinking and some smoking which was annoying to breathe, but that's life outside of Utah I guess. We wanted to go to Tesco to get some candy and snacks to munch on while we were waiting, but the line was coming out of the building, it was so long. Everyone was buying alcohol. So, we skipped the candy. Not worth the wait. There was a guy standing in front of us with his girlfriend that was completely wasted and was falling all over Nate, losing his balance. He kept on elbowing Nate and using Nate as a stationary figure to be able to stand. He would apologize over and over but keep on doing it. He dropped two glass beer bottles during the night, which went everywhere, and then he left to go get more. His speech was getting more and more slurred by the minute. What a great way to spend New Year's Eve, huh?
We saw one guy get handcuffed by the police and taken away. Who knows what he was up to.
One cool thing was that the tube was doing free rides home that night.
We didn't use it of course, since our house is just right down the street.
They did a big countdown before the clock struck midnight and they projected the seconds counting down from 1 minute onto a big building. (See pic below)
At midnight I got a big wet kiss from my sweetheart Nate. :)
Then right at midnight they started blasting the fireworks!
Words can't describe this fireworks show.
I literally had my mouth open the entire time. It was that good.
It was all choreographed, so the music and the fireworks went together. There were even fireworks coming out of the London Eye and supposedly Big Ben too, but we weren't down far enough to see that. (The London eye is a big round ferris wheel type thing that people ride for a bird's eye view of the city) The London Eye kept on changing colors too. The fireworks covered the entire sky and they were going constantly without any breaks. There would be like 10 big fireworks all at once going constant for 1 minute plus. There were also fireworks shooting out from the River Thames. I couldn't believe it. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

Afterwards, we came back to our place and watched an episode of "Better Off Ted" and I made some gourmet hot cocoa. We looked out our window and the streets were packed with people, body to body. The streets were absolutely trashed with beer bottles and garbage. Poor street cleaning people. After the crowds started breaking up a bit, Heather and Steven headed home. We didn't get to bed till about 2:30, so waking up for church was a bit hard but we made it, only a little late. :) On the tube ride to church, it was funny to see all the people dealing with the aftermath of all the alcohol from the night before. So many people looked so out of it, and there were some passed out on the tube, sprawled out on the seat. They looked dead but you could see that they were breathing.
I am glad that we were able to have a great time for New Year's without the alcohol.
It is so much more fun remembering what you did the next day and not feeling sick!
I'd rather spend my money on ice cream. :)
Happy New Year!

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