This was the first year that I started out in a different country, and I have to say, it was quite amazing. This had to be the most different New Year's celebration I ever had.
What makes NYE in Aruba so crazy? Hands down...FIREWORKS! Holy fuck! So all the crazy fireworks that are totally illegal in Cali, you can buy from one of the many stands scattered throughout the island. Of course all the fireworks are from Chinese vendors, so you know they had to be crazy.
Most of the locals in Aruba stay home with family where they bbq and do their own fireworks during NYE and head out to the clubs after the countdown. We decided to do a few fireworks at the house then we made reservations for dinner at Senior Frogs for the countdown.
^The goods... sweet baby Jesus...
^Um...me hamming it up on the messy counter. lol.
Growing up, I've always had a bit of a phobia of fireworks, ever since my mom traumatized us with horror stories of her friends losing hands playing with fireworks when she was a child. Eck.
^what we had to work with...the clear evening sky.
Fireworks make me pretty antsy, but they were able to convince me that everything would be safe and that they were just going to shoot everything toward the water....I was able to stay out to watch a few. I had my camera and tripod set up not too far from where they were lighting the first rocket. They light it and I turn around to see everyone running behind me! LOL. My tripod was set low to the ground, but I got up and ran with them. The rocket ended up exploding into the ground shooting lots of debris right at where I was crouching. Then Diego says, "Oh maybe you shot it upside down!" I'm like, "Oh hell, no! Safe my ass!" haha
Here are some shots we were able to get. Although the covered much more of the sky. The camera was just set up way too close, but this does give one the idea of the danger I experienced. lol.
^Lol. in the last shot it looks like my sister was inches away from meeting her demise.
After letting of 3 huge ones, I'm talking not your bullshit disneyland fireworks and right above my head... I saw shit falling on everyone and I pretty much just boned the fuck out- straight to the house. I actually felt like I was in a war for a minute cuz there were loud blasts and bright lights exploding right behind me. lol. I ran and didn't look back until I crossed the street. I looked up and I still felt like the fireworks were way to close. haha. Yeah. I'm a big vagina, but at least I had the guts to stick around for a while, even though I already had a pre-existing fear of fucking fireworks. I'm much more content watching them from afar. No, I did not feel safe lighting some crazy chinese fireworks with a bunch of amateurs in a foreign country. Sue me. lol.
Then we changed and headed to Senior Frogs for dinner and the countdown. I have to say it was cheesy, but nothing a little good ol' inebriation couldn't fix.
They have more photos and videos, I'll probably never get around to posting. lol. The dinner wasn't very good, but it was fun. After the countdown right outside of Senior frogs was more amazing fireworks that I enjoyed until someone shot a fire extinguisher right up my dress. WTF? lol. Then we headed to the Paddock to dance more. Then home to dance more.
It was a really great New Year and I was glad I was able to share it with my favorite person- My sister. =)
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