New Year Revelry

I had hoped to travel over New Year’s weekend, but my attempts to plan a trip all fell through.  And given the airport closures and flight cancellations across Europe in the last week, it’s probably a good thing that I hadn’t bought a plane ticket.  Instead I celebrated New Year’s Eve in Vilnius — and since this is my first time to do so, I decided to really celebrate.  Here’s how I said goodbye to 2010 and welcomed 2011.

8:00 p.m. – Light supper and champagne at the home of a Lithuanian friend out in the suburbs

10:25 p.m. – Last bus before midnight back to the city center

11:00 p.m. – Drop by a party at the home of a fellow Fulbright student; drink water only

11:45 p.m. – Walk to Cathedral Square to watch fireworks


Note: Lithuania apparently does not have regulations about the type of fireworks that can be sold or against setting off fireworks in public places, which meant that — in addition to the official fireworks — there were extensive fireworks being set off by people on the square.  It was quite startling to have fireworks exploding right beside me and, to be honest, felt a bit unsafe.

1:00 a.m. — Drop by party hosted by other Americans, drink champagne cocktails and eat quiche

2:30 a.m. — Walk home through the still crowded city center, greeted along the way with “Su naujais metais!” and even a couple of “Happy New Year’s!”

3:00 a.m. — Collapse into bed

6:00 a.m. — Curse whoever decided to set off fireworks right outside my building at this early hour and wake me up; fortunately fall back to sleep


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Creating academic and public environments for the humanities to flourish Researching Soviet and Eastern European history Engaging people and ideas as a writer and interviewer Traveling as much as possible View all posts by amanda

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