Who is celebrating New Year's Day first?

Dec 31st, 2010, 07:29 PM
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Jeff_Costa_Rica -you are far too modest ! I'm certain you
would have a story to tell about each of those cities.

rkkwan-Great photos ! Want a wonderful view into another
culture. I might be OK on that train-give me earplugs and an eyeshade and I'm good to go, LOL! I see I would benefit from not being very tall,as well. Do I see your mom and dad ?
(I know, I sneaked a look a look at your album)
I seem to remember photos from the exotic local of
Kansas City ?

joto-Edinburgh sounds perfect for NYE ! Is SF ever on TV
(I mean other than here locally )
or are we just so behind everyone else turning to the New Year, you've already gone to bed ?

Melnq8-Yes, I've heard that other "term" they charge for BYO.
Ouch for the turtle slap ! It sounds as though the
moonlight and busy turtles made up for it-fascinating !

wally34949-Your a good sport for letting me hijack your thread a bit - when you mentioned "what time" -the
"and where" popped into my head. The Magic Bus sounds
really fun, and a great value. I hope someone answers you about Vanauatu-I like to know as well.
Where are you now, wally ?

Well, it's coming up on 8:30PM PST and Mr R5 is cooking up a batch of broth with clams and mussels, to be served with
some crusty sourdough and a small green salad.
Champagne, or the CA equivalent thereof, a Anderson Valley Roderer Estate will be opened later. We'll share a quiet
NYE as the rain begins once again here in Northern CA.
Noah should be sailing by anytime.

One of my favorite NYE was spent here,
many years ago,watching the heavens in the pristine Sonoran Desert.
Visitng there has gotten a bit more formal over the years.
We had a family friend who was an astronomer out there
and he invited us up. Such a wonderful memory.

I so enjoyed you all sharing your fascinating NYE travels !
Happy New Year Everyone !

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Dec 31st, 2010, 08:26 PM
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razzle - Yes, those are my parents in the album. It was a chore for them to get into the middle bunks and in a separate car. That train was booked full and we couldn't get softsleepers or bunks together or lower bunks. And actually, no eyeshades or earplugs necessary. I slept super well that night.

Kansas City? My mom and I went there 3 years ago for a quick trip.
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Jan 1st, 2011, 06:08 AM
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I forgot about Edinburgh. We were there on New Years in 1998/1999 when the euro came into circulation. Huge celebration.

I've been to Vanuatu 4 times and it is fascinating but an acquired taste. Formerly known as New Hebrides, it is still quite tribal in areas and there is not a whole lot of activities and things to do. The Tanna volcano is quite good.

Main attraction is the scuba diving. My favorite dive in the entire world (the SS President Coolidge ... http://www.aquamarinesanto.com/coolidge.html) and I have about 30 dives on it. For scuba fanatics it is not to be missed even though it is a technical/decompression dive. Awesome in every sense of the word.

Espiritu Santo is my favorite island (home of the Coolidge) because it actually has some infrastructure, friendly and interesting tribal locals, good developing cavern/cave diving (which I helped explore back in the days when they were discovered), and lots of great WWII history. It was the setting for Michener's South Pacific and Bloody Mary's Bar was still there my last time on island. From the ruins of the hospital you can see the island which was known as Bal'i Hai on the horizon.

The main island of Efate is worth a day or two but is basically just an airline hub. There are some interesting neiighborhoods to visit such as Nambatu and Nambawan, named for WWII US radar installations.

Pentecost Island is where local daredevils tie themselves to vines and jump from high towers. This land diving later transformed itself into our current bungee jumping craze.
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Jan 1st, 2011, 02:31 PM
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"Jeff_Costa_Rica -you are far too modest ! I'm certain you
would have a story to tell about each of those cities."

Oh, don't me wrong. London, Paris, and Berlin are wonderful places, but NYE in all of them means mobs of people. I've never cared much for that magnitude of crowds. You gazing at the heavens in the Sonoran Desert would be much more my style. THAT'S a New Year's Eve to remember.
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Jan 1st, 2011, 04:56 PM
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I'm in San Diego for four nights trying to recover from the flight. Driving from LAX to San Diego was a challenge but at least they drive on the right side of the road.

I've had seven meals today--not a good day to fast. I recommend fasting on the day you fly from LAX and cross the international dateline.
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Jan 21st, 2011, 09:42 PM
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I live in Auckland, New Zealand, but was in Bamberg, Germany, for New Year's. Originally I was supposed to be in Berlin for it, but that didn't work out. Anyway, I was thrilled with Bamberg. It was totally crazy and fun. Heaps of people on the streets. ALOT of crazy fireworks. Absolutely wonderful
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