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December 31st, 2008 – by: oceanroses
Then we went into the city, and caught the last bus into the city... and that only went to Mirabellplatz. It was 11.30 already and the bus was crammed with people from all over. We were chatted up by two german guys, a bit drunk but quite nice. I was fairly sober and thought it was good fun. When we got off, we fled and did a little steeplechase with the people, who didn't know that midnight was almost there.
Then we finally reached a good place, or so I thought till then, which had a good view of the castle. Then we were joined by some friends, who were also already drunk and brought some mini-rockets along.
Everybody started firing rockets before midnight, which annoyed me.
Then the official firework started, which is a really expensive matter, and usually really beautiful. I don't know why, but I didn't enjoy it as much as usual. Not only did I get cynic comics about nothing changing in the new year anyhow, but also, I was standing in the middle of the smoke of the private rockets and it was freezing cold.
Much worse than our mishap... ten minutes later a large rocket swished along the street and right into the celebrating crowd, exploding with a bang under some people and sparkling left and right. Those people were shocked and a girl fainted. I doubt they do hear anything today. I don't know who fired that one, but it must have been some idiot who didn't keep with the security-warnings. I wonder, if he got caught and charged.
Afterwards me and my friend seperated from the others and went on the public concert on Residenzplatz. Its held up by a coverband, who play a dancable music from the 80s to now. This year, their playlist was a bit weird, but still fun. Its free, its open air and if its not raining, its good fun. I remember the same setting three years ago, when the ground was wet and I had dirt in my hair even.
The crowd was a bit quieter than last year too, since it was late and as cold as never before.
We went home when the concert was over at two, not without stopping to slide a bit on the ice-skating-rink "Mozarteis", which was open for the night.
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