December 31st, 2007 – by: Sweetski
If you're not much of a fireworks fan, today's photos aren't going to please you. However, there is a story to tell about taking the fireworks pics. I'll get back to you on that one, as the fireworks were in the evening and I like things in a chronological order. Today was an uneventful day. We walked a bit through town to scan for a good position to take photos from later tonight. Furthermore, Eelco needed a new pair of gloves. One of the shops we went to was 'sport'shouse'. I've written a review to warn you about this place, for it is a dangerous shop for all sorts of people.
As mentioned, today it's new years eve, so, out with the old, here comes the new.
That goes for Eelco's beard as well. He has this tradition of shaving his beard off at New Years Eve. After twelve months of looking at his beard, it is always a strange sight to see him without it. Speaking of tradition, I want to tell you about two; one from the Netherlands and one from Chesieres - Villars. To start with the latter, perhaps it isn't unique to this place but here in the village it is a custom to go to the town square, carrying a bottle of Champagne to celebrate and counting down the last few seconds of the year. At midnight, everybody embraces and starts kissing each other. I was looking forward to that :)
In the Netherlands, we also have Champagne at New Years Eve, but it is accompanied by traditional Dutch food; appelflappen and oliebollen.
Oliebollen are deep-fried balls of dough with raisins. The texture is a bit like a doughnut, but firmer. They best way to eat them is lukewarm with icing sugar on top. Personally, I don't like them very much but that is due to the raisins inside. Appelflappen on the other hand, I think are lovely. They are discs of sliced apple, dipped in a batter and then deep-fried, after which they're sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Eat them while they are still warm, hmmmm! To make us feel 'home away from home', Jacomien prepared some for us.
They are deep-fried, but kept in the oven to keep them warm
After we all had some pink Champaign at the chalet, Eelco and I went to the town square, each with a bottle of Champaign under our arm. Under my other arm, I carried my tripod. It is hard to take good photos of fireworks, so I wanted my camera to be as steady and still as possible.
I had found a super spot earlier today, away from the crowds, in total darkness. However, Eelco wanted to roam the streets, joining the party crowd. Now, I would think that is something you do after the fireworks. A Party like this goes on and on, so you needn’t worry about missing out on anything. The music was too loud for my taste; in fact, it wasn’t my taste at all. However, it is give and take in life, and Eelco is a dear friend. Therefore, I was standing in the middle of the partying crowd when I heard 10… 9… 8…, Oh f**k! Pardon my French, but it felt like being stabbed in the chest. With this bouncing up and down crowd around me, none of my pictures would come out right. I promised my loyal TravBuddies I'd get some nice pics, so I had to get out of this crowd. I pushed and I shoved… 7… 6… 5… stepped on a few toes… 4… 3…and I may have stuck my elbow in somebody's eye… 2… 1! Happy New Year! BANG!! KABOOM!!! Damn, I missed the first.
Finally, I was out of the crowd. KLABAM!!!! While scanning for a scarcely lit spot, I missed the second one. In the end, I was standing at the train station. Many of my photos therefore show a double line, the overhead wire of the train :( You'll understand I was disappointed. My pictures weren’t as good as I hoped, nor did I get to kiss a lot of people. Alas, but there's always next year :) The Champaign was lovely though, and I had a bottle all to myself.
the overhead wire of the train
Chesieres General Tips & Advice review
Eelco needed some new gloves and one of the shopes we visited was sport'shouse. Don't mind the spelling, it is theirs! After a hardly noticeable, but … read entire review