My tension builds over the next 2 days and the frequency of crackels grows to about every other minute somewhere in the vicinity of my ears (but rarely my eyes). I have convinced myself that New Years Eve in Iceland won't actually be as good as what everyone says, because this year all the Icelanders decided to use up their stashes early. Ugh. What jerks.
Rúrik and I went to his house for a absolutely delicious New Years Eve dinner with his mom and brother, and then we all walked down the street to a bonfire. Rúrik asked me earlier in the evening if I had been to a bonfire before. Sure, I told him. They're a pretty common occurrence and my family has had one or two.
Ha. What I learned is I've actually been to big campfires, not a real bonfire.
It was huuuuuge.
After a couple hours of bonfire shenanigans, we walked back to Rúrik's house to watch the annual year in review comedy TV show the national broadcasting channel puts together. The fireworks ceased as everyone, I mean everyone, sat in their living rooms with friends and family to watch. It was the quietest 30 minutes in days.
And then the moment the show ended, about 30 minutes til midnight, it started.
It was unlike anything I had ever seen. And it didn't stop for over an hour. There was a major crescendo in the 15-20 minutes following midnight that ignited the entire capital area in one enormous fireball. It was face meltingly spectacular enough for me to forget to smooch my honey at 12 (don't worry, we got a good one in a couple minutes late).
Dear Iceland. I'm sorry for thinking you're a big selfish jerk and doubting you had enough fireworks for a good New Years Eve. Please forgive me. You showed me the greatest fireworks show I've ever seen in my life (and will probably ever see). I saw more fireworks last night than I had seen in my entire life combined. You win New Years. You win life. Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU. (Looove you.)
2013 has been one of the best years of my life and it was nice to show it out with a bang. I have more love, peace, joy, and creativity flowing through me than ever before. Bring it on 2014!