Cheap cherimoya champagne, plastic rainbow wigs, and far, far too many hours without sleep; if how we spend our New Year’s Eve is at all indicative of how we will spend the next year, mine will be filled with love, laughter, live music, fireworks and more public urination than I’d care to admit.
Following the advice of several friends who told us traffic would be crazy if we didn’t get to Valparaíso early enough, we left Santiago at 8:30 AM which landed us in Valpo around 10:30. We didn’t book a place to stay since things were so pricey because of NYE. We figured we’d be up all night anyways so why not just wait a few extra hours and go back to Santiago in the morning? I carried around our few essentials in my purse and we got ready in a gas station bathroom (keeping it classy, as usual).
During the day, we entertained ourselves by wandering around (as if we didn’t do that enough while we were there over Christmas) and meeting up with different friends throughout the day. We also did a boat tour of the bay which was nice (and only about 4 bucks), rode the famous outdoor elevators and ate a big delicious seafood lunch.
When nightfall hit, we headed to the Plaza Sotomayor for a concert, street party and an awesome fireworks display. After ringing in the new year, dancing and drinking there for a few hours, we met up with a friend from Santiago and a group of his friends and stuck with them for a few more hours of aimless ambling around the city (only this time slightly more inebriated).
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