Jan 2, 2013

The Night That Wiesbaden Exploded

Happy 2013, friends and family!

Now that we're 2 days into the new year, how's it going for everyone so far? Kept your resolutions? Did you even make any? Us? Well, we're all kinds of screwed up...with our sleep, that is. I wrote an article for the squadron newsletter about how to beat jet lag during the holidays. Turns out, writing that article must have been the kiss of death, because D and I have been experiencing the worst jet lag of our lives since returning back to Germany 5 days ago. I'm talking inadvertently taking 6 hour naps, being wide awake at 3 am making pesto pasta and PB & J's, and falling asleep at the table in a public restaurant kind of jet lagged. Needless to say, it's been super fun awful here lately. That's why we decided to keep our New Year's Eve plans to a minimum and tried to enjoy the holiday alone from the comfort of our own living room. Interestingly enough, at 10pm that night, we got a second wind (probably because we napped from 9am to 1pm that day, on accident of course). We could have driven 20 miles to Frankfurt and got all up in the NYE craziness there, but that sounded miserable. Two jet lagged Americans trying to push their way through crowded bars and firework lined streets? No, thank you. Besides, we spent our last NYE in Frankfurt, so we wanted to try something a little different...even if it was a last minute plan. I remembered a tip a friend of ours mentioned to us just a few weeks after we moved to here in 2011. He told us that the best place to spend NYE was at the top of the hill in front of the Commissary (our on base grocery store, for all you non-military peeps). He said it offered amazing views of the city (which we already knew having frequented the Commissary practically every day since we moved here), and at midnight, Wiesbaden virtually explodes with fireworks.

Dear Lord was he right.

I realize the video I've posted is just over 3 and a half minutes long, but I recommend you watch it in its entirety to get a better feel for the awesomeness we experienced that night. The word awesome is hardly the right word to describe it, though. I simply can't find the  words that perfectly embody the sights and sounds we witnessed atop that Commissary hill. It's like nothing I've ever seen before in my life. It's one thing to see a fireworks show at a baseball game or a concert, but seeing them across an entire city, lighting up every square inch of skyline with color...mind blowing! Truth is, I cried. Like a 3 year old. I welled up just reveling in how blessed we were to be able to see this kind of celebration. A celebration of new beginnings that rang through an entire city. An entire country. The world. I get chills each time I replay it in my mind. Watch below and see for yourself. Although this video hardly does it justice. 

{Please ignore all the silly things I said in this video. And definitely ignore the crying. Definitely.}

10 minutes after midnight, the fireworks were still going strong!


After braving the cold and enjoying the most spectacular fireworks display we'd both ever witnessed, we made our way back to our flat to sip some champagne and dig into a NYE cake I'd made that afternoon. On the drive home, we encountered dozens of people shooting off firecrackers in the streets, and a few dingbats throwing poppers at our car. NYE is seriously crazy around here. Happy to be home again, we popped our champagne on the balcony and listened as the fireworks continued crackling in the distance (our neighborhood had finally calmed down). We also continued our tradition of saving the champagne cork and inscribing it with the year it was popped. We've got every New Year's Eve cork from the year we were married until now. Although, we are missing the one from the year D was deployed. The missing cork is a quiet reminder of all we went through that year, so its absence really isn't an absence at all.

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As for resolutions, we didn't make many. It seems like with the birth of each new year, we bog ourselves down with lofty goals and aspirations, but as soon as the sparkle of the holiday wears off, we forget the promises we made ourselves and fall off the wagon of change, so to speak. This year, we took the pressure off and resolved to just be happy.  Be happy and enjoy the brief life God's given us in this beautiful country. Be happy and count our blessings everyday and remember to thank the one who divinely placed them. Be happy and be good to our bodies, nurture the marriage we have, and give to those who have not. That's our resolution this year. My challenge to you, dear friends, is to do the same. Don't let another day go by without joy. Cheers to simply being happy in 2013!

15 comments:

  1. Germany really is unreal at midnight, all the sounds are incredible! Happy New Year!

    And I've had the worst jet lag ever since I got back 6 days ago, too. Last night, I finally had to take a sleeping pill at midnight after sleeping ALL afternoon so I'd get a full night's sleep and get back on my normal schedule for work in the morning.

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  2. Yay fireworks! I'm pretty sure the farms around our town were setting them off in order because they started off east and went north to west to south. So cool! Happy New Year!!!

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  3. Oh my goodness, I love the champagne photos. This sounds like such a fun night! What a cute idea to write on the cork!

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  4. Wow!!! That really was incredible! So neat that y'all got to experience that!

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  5. Just stopping by from the blog hop. Beautiful pictures. I agree in 2013 I plan to count my blessing everyday and remember those blessing when things are not so good:)
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  6. I love that you keep the cork from each year. I tried to do that with our anniversary but sadly they got lost in the move. Happy New Years!

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  7. this is amazing!!! i need to go. you have convinced me

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  9. I make New Year's resolutions as a rule, but move into the new year positive. Yes, the fireworks go on forever in Germany and it can sound like WW3 has begun!

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  10. Looks like a great night! Happy new year!

    I do that too, saving corks with little notes about what they're from. It's a nice souvenir that doesn't eat a lot of space.

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  11. That is so cool! I loved the fireworks video — I want to be in Germany now! I like the idea of saving the corks as little memories. I'm definitely going to steal the idea once Brandon and I are married!

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  12. That firework display is insanely awesome!!! How lucky you got to be there to see it! I think I need to talk my husband into a Germany New Years next year to witness this spectacular display!!

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  13. I'm not alone! I cried like a BABY during the fireworks in Munich!!!

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