Finding The Best Spot
Forming our own little conga line, we held onto each other and joined the stream of people heading towards the fireworks. As we got closer to the Puente De La Mujer it got more crowded but we did manage to find a spot that wasn’t under a tree or have lights shining into our eyes. Even though it was several minutes to midnight, fireworks kept being launched a couple of hundred meters away.
Suddenly the crowd started counting down “cinco, cuatro, tres, dos, uno” and cheers erupted all around. I looked around, taking in the revelry and celebrations. The fireworks started being launched with a bit more intensity and the crowd responded. I remembered to take out my camera to record some of the fireworks and aimed it at the sky. I commented on how were were at a safer distance than last year in Leon
when we were seated a dozen meters from where they were being launched. Thankfully this year’s fireworks were not accompanied by a loud siren the whole time.
Fireworks, Up Close, Again
Almost as soon as I mentioned that we should be safer than last year, there was a thump a dozen or so meters from where we were standing. The glow of a launched firework rose from the direction of the water just beyond the railing. After a few seconds, when apparently it was at a safe distance, it exploded overhead. This year the fireworks were launched just as close to us as last year. In addition, they were exploding so close overhead that we were being showered with bits of ash and debris. Sydney picked a little piece of one off her and kept as a souvenir.
A scarcity of taxis and cash in pocket meant we had a long walk home. I was amazed at how many young kids (and their parents) were out a 1:00 AM. Not just out, also setting off some seriously powerful fireworks of their own. Karen and Lucas nearly jumped out of their skin a few times on the walk home as large explosions rocked the otherwise deserted streets.
Finally at about 2:00 AM we made it back to our hotel and our welcoming beds. Next hear I expect to be back in Calgary for New Years. Hopefully it won’t be as ridiculously cold as it was this year. And I hope 2018 is a great year for us and all you!