New Years Eve in Copacabana

Happy New Year!

I spent New Years Eve with my fiance and her family on the Copacabana beach among 2 million other people, watching the almost 20 minutes long fireworks show. I'm at loss for words to describe it, but I will give it a try...

Having grown up in a small town with only a couple of thousand people, in the north of Sweden, this was soooo different. I'm used to being inside most of the evening, only going out five minutes before midnight, after getting into very warm clothes to encdure the -20C it usually is. Then we watch some minor fireworks, have a toast in Champagne, which has been left outside for about 1 hour to get really cold. After that we quickly head back in to get warm again.

This time we spent most of the day trying to stay cool, which was quite hard as it was above 35C most of the day. After having eaten cuzido at 1500 and taking it easy in the air conditioned living room, we took the car and drove from Flamengo over to some relatives who have an apartment in Copacabana. There we had even more food and drink, while we waited to go down to the beach.

Around 2300 we walked the two blocks down to the Copacabana beach, which now held over two million people! One fifth of the population in Sweden crowded together on one strip of sand. You would think that so many people together in one place would make them stingy, but not at all! People were in their best party mood, singing, dancing, drinking and enjoying themselves.

We found a good spot about 50m from the water, where we waited for the countdown. Once we passed midnight, after hugs, kisses and many "feliz ano novo", the fireworks show started! What a show! It lasted almost 20 minutes, and made the crowd "ooh" and "ahh" a lot.

Once the fireworks show was over we started to walk back home. After only five minutes it started to rain, and after five more minutes it started to pour down on us... before we got home I were completely soaked!


Copacabana beach
© O Globo


Fireworks at Copacabana beach
Watching the fireworks
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Te amo! :) Feliz 2006!

Posted by Paula on January 04, 2006 at 11:35 AM PST #

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