Sunday, 4 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year :) I'm in Holland celebrating with family, so "Gelukkig Nieuwjaar" from Delft!

It's amazing how different the culture is in Holland compared to the UK regarding New Year's Eve - you'd think because they're close geographically and quite similar in other ways, that there wouldn't be much of a difference... It's a bit of a shock if you're not used to it - their views on fireworks and health and safety would give any Brit a heart attack!
(Video from an iPhone - apologies for the shoddy filming)

Hearing rockets screech and bang in the distance all day on 31st December is such an exciting way to lead up to the parties at night. English "fireworks" don't even compare to Dutch children's sparklers! 

I love it - I'm like a big kid pointing my grinning face towards the sky to watch the flashes and colours, getting giddy with excitement at the deafening booms that seem to vibrate straight through your chest. And don't get me started on the food! I've eaten my body weight in oliebollen (traditional deep-fried dough balls covered in powdered sugar - they're as amazing as they sound!!) and appelflappen (basically apple turnovers, but nicer). But it's not just the food and fireworks - family also makes it special. I don't get to see that side of my family very often, so bringing in the New Year with them is a lovely experience and gives us the best memories to end 2014 with.

If you've never been to the Netherlands, you should definitely visit - my next blog post will be more about our trip (with lots of photos!) so check it out.

As for a New Year's resolution, I'm not going to say I want to lose loads of weight and find an amazing dream job... I do want to be healthier, i.e. drink more water, do more exercise, and eat better in general. As for my job, I just want to find something I can do that makes me happy (cheesy, I'm not even sorry!)

Other than that, no resolutions from me I'm afraid. Did you make any? Let me know in the comments. Bring on 2015!

Zoë xxx

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