Chinese New Year in London

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Bits of fireworks through the window
There was a big Chinese New Year celebration in central today to celebrate the year of the pig. The pig is supposed to be a year of fertility. Anyhow-- WAAAAAAAAAY too many people in the city today. Never again. One of those it-takes-ten-minutes-just-to-cross-the-street kinds of operations. Nikki, Texas Daniel and I got into central at the end of the first fireworks show in Leicester Square, which I was only able to see through the reflection of a shop window. We tried to go into actual Chinatown to get food, and that was equally crazy. We did manage to get some egg rolls from a street vendor for pretty cheap. Some girl passed out in the street near us, probably because it was so crazy and there was so many people.
LOTS of people in Leicester Square
We tried to get out, but since it was so crowded it took us forever to move. I mentioned something along the lines of "this must be what it's like in real China." Also, the city had closed off a bunch of streets to create one-way foot traffic to lessen the crowds, but I think that just made it worse. There were those traditional dragon-costumed dancers, and they would go up to restaurants in Chinatown and eat some lettuce... I didn't really get what that was all about. There were sooo many kids throwing those little snap pellet things on the ground, and people with little spinny drums, and paper lions, and pig parephenalia... oy. Nikki and I tried to find our friend in Trafalgar Square-- equally impossible. Loads of people watching a bunch of dancing in the square. We were both getting dizzy from too much going on, so after trying really hard to find a Chinese restaurant that wasn't packed, we ducked into a Yo Sushi on Poland Street and relaxed. Not Chinese food, but close? Maybe? We had to sneak through all these side streets to avoid the crowds.... ugh. Yo Sushi wasn't that great, but they have this really amazing chocolate mousse cake that I highly recommend. MMMMM. 
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Bits of fireworks through the wind…
Bits of fireworks through the win…
LOTS of people in Leicester Square
LOTS of people in Leicester Square
Somewhere around here we got egg r…
Somewhere around here we got egg …
LOTS of people in Chinatown
LOTS of people in Chinatown
Did I mention there were lots of p…
Did I mention there were lots of …
Getting the idea?
Getting the idea?
Decorated-ness
Decorated-ness
How we created this much space bet…
How we created this much space be…
Daniel, Nikki and I being eaten by…
Daniel, Nikki and I being eaten b…
Lion dancing by the restaurant
Lion dancing by the restaurant
Closer shot of the lion
Closer shot of the lion
The lettuce it then ate...
The lettuce it then ate...
Fun Chinese New Year crap
Fun Chinese New Year crap
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