Happy New Year!

Trip Start Sep 30, 2007
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Trip End Jan 08, 2008


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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Hogmanay is a 3-day NYE festival held in Edinburgh, Scotland.  I heard about the reputation of Scottish and their parties so I decided to join in on their fun.  Hogmanay is a yearly event but it's been cancelled twice in the last four years due to the weather, including the last year.  Therefore, this year was set to make up for the last year and the city was in full festival mode.  Bit of rain and the cold weather didn't stop this year's Hogmanay and more than 100,000 people showed up for the event.  I saw and met people from all over the world to celebrate NYE here in Edinburgh and I knew I was at the right place for the last day in 2007. 
 
On the NYE day, I picked up my street pass and went to the festival around 8pm.  It was already full of people celebrating, drinking, dancing, singing, pissing, vomiting, name it, I saw it.  People in kilts, crazy hats and outfits certainly made the festival even more colorful.  I also wanted to try on kilts but I wasn't going to try on my first skirt during this cold weather. 
 
While squeezing to get one place to another, I ran into two Aussies I snowboarded with in Poland.  Talk about random!@#  In the middle of thousands and thousands of people, it was unbelievable to run into them and we shared a good laugh, exchanging travel stories after Poland.  After the countdown, explosion of fireworks lit up the sky from all different angles and people just went nuts, hugging, kissing, dancing and screaming all at the same time.  Scottish, like the Irish, are so very friendly by nature and it was too much fun to share that moment with them. 
 
Good times were had which meant the next day was a struggle to get up.  The whole city looked pretty much dead on the first and the few people that were out on the streets looked like zombies in search for blood, or in this case, water.  Of course it was raining again as well which made the whole day even gloomier.  With that, I decided to go to London bit earlier and see the rest of UK until I finally head back home.    
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