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Magic Hour

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 1 January 2008 | Views [763] | Comments [3]

Well today is now the 1st of January, its almost 3am and i've had that much of a fun and exciting time that i didnt want to wait any longer before writing it down.

The day didn't start off amazingly well.... falling asleep in the park earnt me sunburn on both my legs which has me in agony (testiment to the evening that most of the night i didnt know it was there)

had to find my way to meet raúl and his friends on the other side of the harbour, i only found this out when the last ferry had just sailed. Finding a train, then a taxi took time and effort in crowds of people milling and surging around everything. I felt like i was in the war of the worlds, or actually any other movie that holds mass evacuation of people

The taxi ride was hampered by certain roads being closed to allow pedestrian access, the entire reason i had to take the train was due to the harbour bridge being closed ready for setting off the fireworks.

Needless to say i made it safely and just on time for the 1st set of fireworks on the opposite side of the harbour.

Come midnight, the harbour was packed with boats all garishly garnished with neon lighting and signage, the sides of the harbour  were lined with people waiting for the display.

People were not disappointed, ten minutes of continuous fireworks, launched from the bridge, boats on the river, and even the highrise buildings of the city that were closest had launchers on them.

Colour changes, shape changes, reflections of the colours in the harbour water and the glass of the buildings, my words dont do justice to the display... and the photos i took were half arsed at best.. as the majority of the time i was watching with my mouth wide open.

But the magic didnt end there! after getting a free nonestop bus ride back to the station, i walked through the city still devoid of cars, people sprawled everywhere, hordes of people in the middle of the road.

Walking hand in hand with complete strangers

Having lightsaber fights with glowsticks

singing and dancing in the street

actually seeing police officers smiling!

and quite a few other things all in the middle of the street on my way back to this internet cafe

i know i miss my family, but i also know i might never have another new year like this one

Tags: Laughter



Happy New year hun.

I sent you a message but i'm unsure if you got it. Sounds like you had a fantastic time. have a great year hun. all the best to you, Raul and the infamous Gomez. :o)

  Lucy Jan 2, 2008 9:29 PM


hi neil fireworks sound great neearly as good as dereks eh? lookiing forward to the photos love granpam

  granpam Jan 3, 2008 6:44 AM


told you that it was the world's best party, i'm never missing another one! such an awesome atmosphere. very you to head straight for an internet cafe almost straight after though :D

  kylee Jan 14, 2008 7:26 AM

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