January 1, 2012: Bienvenidos al 2012

I will preface this post with a New Year wish that I rather liked, from one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman. Here is the quote’s source.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” — Neil Gaiman


Good gracious, is it 2012 already? During 2011, I never really got over the habit of thinking that it was actually 2010, but perhaps now I can finally move on and accept that it’s 2011.

I had an uneventful day, largely spent around the house. I bade farewell to my compañeros from last night, as they headed back to their cities or onward to further adventures. I also said adieu to the entertaining day calendar that my sister had given me last year, which I brought along to Chile as a reminder of home.

The last cat of the year.

In the evening, I ventured into town, once again forgetting that everything in Valpo is closed down on Sundays. Still, it was interesting to see the aftermath of last night’s festivities. I’m not sure whether a team of cleaners had been dispatched onto the streets, or whether the ocean winds had helped sweep the paper debris, but either way, it was more tidy than I had expected. However, most of the gutters and the building-corners had accumulated small snowdrifts of paper confetti dots and glimmering plastic streamers.

Here is a video of the fireworks and the ambience of my New Year’s midnight. Be prepared for many loud, excited people.

7 thoughts on “January 1, 2012: Bienvenidos al 2012

  1. I wish all of us were there, in Valpo and, simultaneously, in (or near, I guess) Lago de Atitlan, together that night. Also WV and DE and CA.
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a massive fireworks display!

    1. I wish it also! Perhaps some later year; perhaps some year when Ember is more cognizant of the world, too, so she might form distant childhood memories of it.

  2. Wow: great celebration. Excellent impression of the event. I loved watching the guy in front of you take his video. That was an amazing display, and how lovely that it’s out in the ocean. I heard one single poco de ingles, but that was all, which is nice.

    I like your Gaiman quote. And this amused me:

    During 2011, I never really got over the habit of thinking that it was actually 2010, but perhaps now I can finally move on and accept that it’s 2011.

    Did you pick up a piece of confetti as a souvenir? xo, rogrates botanical

    1. It was a fabulous display. Where did you hear English in the video? I listened again and couldn’t find it. As far as I knew, I was the only English speaker up on that hill, although it’s possible I’ve just stopped listening for English.

      I didn’t pick up any confetti as a souvenir, but some confetti decided to come home with me anyways, hitching a ride in my hair. I don’t think I shall bring them home, though. Just my bowler hat, if I can.

  3. Wow! I really enjoyed the video… Great fireworks display. Thank you for sharing your fun in New Year’s eve…

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