Welephant look away now
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Hostel Jacaranda Inn
So all in all it is entirely the opposite of being at home, they are not animals of an overly commercial society, very little shopping or present exchanging, merely spending time with friends and family celebrating the birth of a bloke called Jesus (who incidentally also had a beard, though it wasn't red)
There are fireworks you can throw, fireworks you hold in your hands shooting them into the sky, oh by the way if you haven’t heard of Welephant he is (or was back in the day) the UK fire brigade safe fireworks type promoter, obviously an elephant. A list of rules broken:
Always store fireworks in your pocket or hand – never a sealed metal container
Feel free to smoke around fireworks it makes them look better and you look more cool
Do not wear wellies or any safety shoes, wear flip flops made out of car tyres that way you can warm your feet if the sparks get close, do not under any circumstances put your trousers outside your wellies to prevent sparks getting in, this uncool and unstylish
Only use an open flame to light fireworks, matches or a lighter will be fine
Don’t dare light it at arm’s length make sure your face is right over it so you can see properly
Do not retire after light a firework, stay around so you can kick it in the direction of a passerby if someone comes close
If the firework fails to go off, run as fast as you physically can back to it, pick it up and shake it whilst inspecting closely.
Make sure there are no adults around to spoil your fun.
You get the picture but then again that is the overly safe UK as my Dad said when we were telling him, "ooh that’s just like when I were a lad". Weliphant had us running scared, I’m off to try and get some facial disfiguration before Christmas day. At midnight everyone went completely nuts in a fireworks frenzy before heading back home for a traditional Peruvian Christmas dinner, of turkey .... at 1am with their families.