Happy New Year! 2006 is here and Jeff and I are slowly starting to get used to the new number. Our Silvestr (the Czech name for New Year’s Eve) was mellow. We made chlebíčky and jednohubky (small open-faced sandwiches and canapés), which are required on a Czech Silvestr night, put out some leftover Christmas cookies, opened a bottle of wine and watched In America on DVD. A strange agenda for New Year’s Eve, I know, but we’re just not into the you-have-to-go-out-and-party (= pretend you’re having the time of your life, get drunk and be sick the next day) concept. Not anymore anyway.
Luckily the weather forecast I posted on Wednesday didn’t quite materialize and Saturday night was at a comfy two degrees below zero, so I hope it wasn’t too bad for those of you who spent the night out in Prague.
We toasted the New Year with a glass of red and watched the fireworks from our window. Our building seemed to be right in the middle of it all. It is now the evening of January 1 and we can still hear the occasional fire cracker go off in the neighborhood. Some residents are probably having a hard time accepting the fact that their yearly chance to blow off some steam and shoot into the sky for ten minutes is over for another year.
May 2006 be good to you all!