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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2012

Antigua is the place to be in Guatemala for New Years Eve! Each celebration we keep saying we’ve never seen so many people in town, but last night has definitely been the most people we’ve seen in town. The was no parking available anywhere, the streets were full of people, the bars and restuarants charge cover… There is a large celebration called the Festival Calle de la del Arco, sponsored by Gallo, at the Arch (and around the Central Park area). They have entertainment starting at noon that goes through about ten o’clock when the fireworks and lights display begin. After having a couple drinks at Cafe No Se we decided to head downtown for the fireworks display and then went home to watch the midnight fireworks display from our rooftop. I have never seen anything like the fireworks at midnight on Christmas Eve and now the even grander display on New Years Eve. People all over the area shoot off fireworks from the street and rooftops. There were fireworks from right above our heads (and debris falling in our courtyard) from neighbors two doors down to fireworks in the distance along the hillside of Volcan de Agua- it is truely amazing… better than any organized fireworks show I’ve ever seen (even the Atlas fireworks show in Jaffrey- sorry Atlas). We don’t have any Amazing photos to go with the night, but here are a couple photos none-the-less. Wishing you all the blessings of the New Year…the warmth of home, the love of family and the company of good friends.  Happy New Year to all! DZ

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