norrköping

new year’s eve in norrköping.

2 Jan 2012

ok, i know that it’s monday now. january 2nd. the new year celebration is over. but i was too busy sitting on the sofa watching movies all day long on new year’s day to do this post. hehe. just thought i’d give y’all a little glimpse into how i celebrated new year’s eve over here in sweden… (= mom & dad, here are the pictures i promised to show you!)

norrköping is a city of traditions, true to the swedish way of living. there are festivals, food, family, city, country, and holiday traditions speckled all throughout the year. so many i can’t name them all. but, as i was doing my last post of 2011, i realized that i celebrated some swedish tradition/holiday almost every month. there was some festive something every time i turned around… from birthdays, to st. lucia, to valborg (the last of summer), to the august festival, to midsummer, to christmas, to the new year’s eve promenade…

after a morning & afternoon of blogging/writing at home, lina & i headed out with every other person in the city for the new year’s eve promenade through the downtown area. the walk is famous for it’s candles, luminaries, & lights winding by the river and ending with a fireworks show. we bundled up & were on our way! the new year’s eve celebrations had begun!

halfway through the walk, we passed the big concert hall, which happened to be open so that people could come in, get some drinks (champagne & irish coffee!), chat a little, and warm up. for the first time all winter, it was freeeeezing outside. but i loved it! made it feel more festive, ya know? and an irish coffee too? perfect.

 as you can see, plenty of people were coming in from the cold & in a celebratory mood! we ran into some people from the church where i work, and one of them just happens to be an american from new mexico (she has lived here for 20 years! wow!). we chatted with them for a while and decided that lina & i needed to join her and another native english-speaking woman for dinner soon. it is always really, really nice to run into/talk with people whose mother tongue is english. feels a little home-y.

after the fireworks over the river, we went to lina’s parents’ home for a quiet dinner & cozy evening to ring in the new year. a fire in the fireplace, christmas music, good food…

games…

and a sparkling wine toast when the clock struck midnight! there were fireworks everywhere and we stood outside in the cold, january air, giggled & laughed, screamed & shouted, kissed each other, and got ready for the ride of our life in 2012!

so, there ya go. new year’s eve in sweden. done our way. hope yours was a good night. and i wish all of you well who, like lina & i, are headed back to work today.  meh. oh well, time for the adventures to start! i rang in the new year slowly & full of coziness, now it’s full speed ahead!

peace!

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  • Reply Carissa 2 Jan 2012 at 16:13

    Great pictures, Liz!!! I’ll never forget the one New Year I got to spend in Norrköping. The candles, luminaries, and lights on the waterfall are sooo beautiful. I love that you were able to capture them on camera so well.

    • Reply belovelive 3 Jan 2012 at 08:17

      Thank you, Carissa! It most definitely is a cozy & beautiful city – year round. Happy New Year to you & David!

  • Reply Girly 2 Jan 2012 at 17:37

    Your pictures are always so beautiful! And you know, I love New Years Eve/New Years Day more than any other holiday because it’s a GLOBAL event. Basically, the whole world celebrates it. It’s beautiful.

    Thank you for posting!

    • Reply belovelive 3 Jan 2012 at 08:18

      Girly: Thank you bunches! I know, right?! The whole global-ness is so freakin’ cool. Gives me hope that one day there will be peace, or at least it reminds me that we’re not as different from each other as we sometimes think. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • Reply Ginger 3 Jan 2012 at 14:32

    What a beautiful city, the lights are spectaular! I have to tell you that I think Lina’s parents home looks like a hotel, just lovely! I wish you both a wonderful and happy New Year!

    • Reply liz 4 Jan 2012 at 11:08

      Thank you, Ginger. It is a beautiful city & I am so thankful to live here! Hehe… their home is quite cozy, specially during the holidays. Happy New Year to you too!! Hope it finds you with much strength, joy, & peace.

  • Reply Laura4NYC 11 Jan 2012 at 15:20

    This is awesome! A great, social night with many things going on AND a firework! Way to go for a New Year’s Party!!

    • Reply liz 11 Jan 2012 at 21:37

      It was a great night, thanks!!! I read about your new years eve adventures… sounded like a good time!

  • Reply Jackie 11 Jan 2012 at 23:36

    One of the nicest things about the New Year’s Eve walk is all the people you meet… old friends and new!

    • Reply liz 12 Jan 2012 at 08:21

      Jackie, I agree! 🙂 Now, we simply must plan an evening together with Sian soon!

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