Our plan was made to celebrate New Year’s Eve with our new friends. We don’t normally do anything special. We decided we would all create tapas – appetizers – for our dinner feast.
We all met together at 10am to go to the market. We had our shopping bags and our list. The weather was gorgeous. The city was busy and we found more street food that we can eat – corn tamales with raisins – Magpie is in heaven.
Lainie has her people that she has created relationships within the market. She has graciously introduced us to them where I get to practice my spanish. Many bags later we leave the market – which is in full swing for the evening. We need to take 2 taxis due to our numbers. We unpack all the food and start rinsing. I start the soaking of the cashews for the cheese.
I have less prep work to do so Magpie and I go and get some errands done before this evening.
We come back at 5 pm, a little later than I had planned but then I know everyone else eats later and we are suppose to be staying up to midnight. I make cumin cheese, pesto cheese and black pepper cheese, pesto, and cut up the vegetables for stacks.
The boys set the table – or in this case the floor with cushions. We get all the dishes set up with our drinks. As usual there is way too much food. People are getting tired and we check a clock, no one wears a watch so it is checking a electronic device. We discover that it is only 8:30pm and we wonder how we are going to make it to midnight. We decide to check out the main square and help burn off some of the food.
The weather is nice and the square is hopping. At first there was no music as it was being set up and then bang it was there. Needless to say I jumped and Miro had a good chuckle. Lots of people had firecrackers and there was no way I was buying that, but there were these cheap yellow (good luck for the new year in Peru) that Magpie wanted. At S.1 Magpie was joining in with the festivities.
After about an hour we went back to the house and finished our preps for our celebration of burning away past – literally – and bringing forth our intentions for the New Year. We had done a similar one in Hawaii last year and it was fun to be apart of a different idea.
We were not lasting well and went back to our own apartment at around 11:30pm. Magpie and I read a little and just before midnight the fireworks started. Now at our apartment we have the best view of the square and surrounding area. We also have a window that you can curl up into. Magpie sat there while I read out loud and then we both watched fireworks from all over the city. It was continuous and amazing for the amount of locations setting the fireworks off and for how long they lasted.
Needless to say we did hail in the New Year but did not see the last of the fireworks.
We hope your New Years was good too. Many blessings for the 2014 and let the past stay in the past.