I was lucky enough to spend New Year’s Eve in Munich, Germany at the Hofbrauhaus and then the Marienplatz/ town center at midnight.
I can only describe it as being in Times Square…. with the added element of fireworks being shot at you from all angles. Sure, you could spend New Year’s Eve watching the ball drop in Times Square, OR you can spend it in the Marienplatz dodging firecrackers, bottle rockets and small artillery shells lit off by a bunch of drunk people (oh, and you also have to dodge the empty champagne bottles thrown by said drunk people). In the pictures, it looks like the place is empty. But, in reality, people are crammed around the edges of the plaza. If you dare enter the center, you become a certain target. It is sort of like those guys that drive the golf cart ball-collectors at driving ranges== Who doesn’t aim at them??
The general target, if not the crowds of people, was the clock tower. Sure, it has survived wars, plagues and hundreds of years of human history, but the crowd somehow thought they could blow it up with cheap Chinese imported fireworks.
The air was hazy and thick with sulfur smoke which only got worse as the evening went on. At midnight, you could barely make out the church bells over the constant explosions and bangs of the fireworks. There wasn’t really a countdown, but everyone knew it was midnight. This is something that would never happen in the US. After the first bottle rocket, police would have shut it down and the fireworks would be confiscated. Sure, you can get away with it in your backyard, but imagine hundreds of people lighting off fireworks outside one of our national monuments…. It would never happen.
Definitely the best New Year’s experience I have ever had. Here are some photos from the night and a couple of other random ones. Many more to come when I get back from Belize:
Well, since the German’s know how to party, everything was closed on New Year’s Day. So, Chelsea and I walked around the city for a day and came across these surfers. What is wrong with the following pictures?
A) Surfers in a downtown Urban environment
B) There is no ocean for hundred of miles
C) The blocks of ice
D) Snow on the ground
If you answered all of the above, you are right! This is a popular surf spot in downtown Munich on the edge of the Englischer Garten. The way the water flows creates a swell in the river perfect for surfing. The 20 degree weather and snow on the ground didn’t stop these two surfers. I just wish I had brought my own surfboard:
Many, many more photos to come, I promise.