New Year’s Eve

This week has just flown by!  I have been so busy checking all the necessary things off my to-do list that I have not had time to write.  Now, I have so much to write about, but I’ll start with New Year’s Eve.  New Year’s Eve has never been much of a big deal for me, and I had never really done anything major for it until now.  Mads had told me all about how special it is in Denmark, so I was very excited to see it for myself!

Mads’ friend, Jonas, and his girlfriend, Mie, were hosting this party.  There were some other couples coming and each was in charge of bringing something different, such as appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks.  We were in charge of the special New Year’s cake called, “Kranse Kage.” Not to be confused with the dessert, this cake was to be eaten at midnight with champaign.  Since I was arriving on New Year’s Eve, Mads had to make it all by himself, but he gave me some pictures to show his process of baking it.  It looks so complex!

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It took many hours, but the final product turned out beautiful!  (And delicious). Mads was so proud of the cake he made, and he had every right to be.  It defies gravity!

Mads and I were the first two people to arrive at the party, and the whole apartment was decorated so beautifully.  I thought that the dining table was especially beautiful.  It looked soooooo cozy!

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So this is how the evening went.  We chatted while we waited for everyone to get to the party, and then once everyone had arrived, we started with the appetizers.  Now, between each course was a game that everyone could play, but to make this easier to write, I will go through the courses first.

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The first thing served was something that I have never tried before (well thinking about it, I think almost all the food I had never tried before).  At the base of the appetizer was a bread that was like a pancake consistency, but it wasn’t sweet.  On top of each one was a different puree.  I can’t really remember what exactly each of them were (maybe pumpkin and cranberry?), but I just know that they were very good!  I ate them so quickly haha.

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Next was the main dish, or it actually was many little dishes.  All served on a paint pallet, there was salad, risotto, something like a chicken pot pie, tartare, and a soup that was good, but I can’t remember what kind it was.  I really liked all of it (especially the chicken pot pie thing), but it was my first time trying tartare, and I just didn’t know how to feel about eating raw meat.  I didn’t like it, but I didn’t dislike it.  Jonas told me it’s something that has to grow on me, and he’s probably right.  Maybe one day, I will love it!

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Crepe Suzettes were served for dessert.  For those of you that don’t know, a Crepe Suzette is flambeed, so it was dessert and a show!  That had to be my favorite course, because I love crepes so much.

So as I said, between each course was a different game.  I didn’t take many pictures of the games, because I was too focused on winning, of course.  You will just have to trust me when I say that I won all three games.  Very impressive, I know.

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The first game was a quiz about things that happened in 2017.  It was in Danish, so I may or may not have had help from Mads in translating the quiz, but it was mostly me who picked the answers.  Everyone was so surprised that I came in first place ( probably because of my lack of Danish knowledge).  For the next two quizzes, we were put into different teams.  For the second quiz, there were three teams, and we played a music jeopardy game.  Basically, it was kind of like a “guess the missing lyric” type of game.  I wasn’t the best at it, but my team won, and I was the only one that knew “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles, so that has to count for something.  The last game was the most random game.  We were split into two teams, and we were given a name in which we had to guess if it was the name of a My Little Pony or a porn star.  This was actually pretty tricky, but my team still won in the end.

After all the games and food were over, we chatted and danced until it was getting close to midnight.  Mads brought out his cake, and everyone loved it (to be honest, I have not stopped craving the taste of this cake.  I could’ve eaten it all myself.  It was so good!!).

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One of the things I was most excited about was when the clock struck midnight.  Mads had told me before that in Denmark, instead of kissing at midnight, everyone jumps off a chair.  Like you’re literally jumping into the New Year.  I thought that was the coolest idea that I had ever heard, so I could not wait until it was my moment to jump into the new year.  The photos are a little blurry, but you get the picture.  It was the highlight of my night!

Immediately after we jumped into the New Year, everyone went outside to see the fireworks.  In Copenhagen, the government does not put on the fireworks for New Years.  Instead, a lot of people buy their own fireworks and shoot them off from the streets.  Mads had told me that sometimes it can get a little dangerous, so he bought safety glasses for me and him to wear while we watched the fireworks.  Maybe we looked a little nerdy, but it would have been much worse if I had become blind my first night back in Copenhagen.

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After we got tired of watching fireworks (they last a long, long time), we went back inside and danced some more.  At some point in the night, we decided to go to an afterparty, but it turned out to be not that great, so Mads and I went home.  It was kind of good that we went home, because it had been such a long day for me.  I loved this night so much, and I am so thankful to have been invited to such a wonderful party with such fun people.  Best.  New Years.  Ever.

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5 Happy Things about New Year’s Eve

  1. Mie gave me a very nice, lacy, black dress to wear for the party, since my New Year’s outfit was in my lost luggage.
  2. All of the food was so amazing, and it was so nice that it was all homemade, and no one had just bought something from the store.
  3. Playing the games were fun, but they were much more fun, since I won all of them.
  4. I loved jumping into the New Year so much.  No matter what country I’m in, I am going to make sure that I always do that on New Year’s Eve.
  5. I hope Mads will make me the New Year’s cake for my birthday, because it made me very, very happy.
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