New Year's celebrations
Posted: Thursday, Jan. 03, 2013
Photo by Lora Denton Photography.
Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at email@example.com
When it comes to New Year's Eve, Robert and I are the type of couple that stays at home and watches the festivities from the couch. We've never really gone out and celebrated before. This year we are fortunate enough that the view from our "home" just so happens to be Sydney Harbour! It's by far the most exciting thing we've ever done for New Year's and the show was spectacular!For the occasion, my dad hosted a party with a few of his friends and coworkers. My mum prepared some delicious appetizers, like mini quiches and mini meat pies, alongside crackers with delicious dips (such as avocado, beetroot, and hummus). We sipped on mimosas and enjoyed the night's events.Sydney starts their celebrations around 6pm. There was an air show, a fireboat display, and an additional set of fireworks at 9pm. The air show was fun to watch. The pilot performed tricks over the Harbour, often stalling his plane and recovering his flight right before hitting the water. The fireboat wasn't as death-defying, but it's a big part of Sydney's celebration. A fireboat pushes through the Harbour shooting off water from all of the hoses. As for the fireworks, they were fun and designed for the little ones who can't always make it to midnight. Of course, as entertaining as all the pre-show displays were, the fireworks at midnight were breathtaking! I particularly liked the cascading waterfall of fireworks off the bridge and the ones that shot off the city skyline. The countdown with the lips on the bridge was unique as well. There were truly fireworks everywhere you looked, including the left of the Harbour, the bridge, the city skyline, and behind the bridge as well. I have never seen so many fireworks and I feel truly blessed that we had the chance to see the show in person. I know Robert and I won't ever forget it.I'll admit, there were times I didn't think I'd make it to Midnight. I managed to stay awake all day (a first) and when the ten o'clock window hit, I was dead on my feet. I took a thirty minute nap and was able to pull through the rest of the night. Unfortunately, I missed the parade of lighted showboats, but I felt much better for it. Robert, the trooper that he is, pushed through without a nap. We had an amazing New Year's Day as well, but you will have to wait until my next blog to hear about that.
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