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New Year’s Eve in France

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News Year’s Eve in France


I once heard a story about how everybody in France throws all of their old furniture out of the window and into the streets below at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. I waited up for it this year in France, and I did not even hear a squirrel chirp, let alone the crash of old couches, chairs, and tv sets.

“Lets throw something out the window ” Mira yelled at midnight. “Wade Grab something and throw it out the window ”

Our friends, whose house we were staying at, just clutch apprehensively to their furniture.

I suppose this was a French tradition that we would not be celebrating this year. But I think that it is a good tradition. The streets of France is so full of dog shit anyway that a few broken couches would probably just serve to clean it up a little. . . or at least mush it around.

But this New Year’s Eve would be celebrated Chilean style. With a good meal followed up with tequila, lemons, and salt. . . and my friend JessieAnne Salsa dancing and singing until six in the morning. Mira received her first tattoo from Sergio as we danced around them- frolicking and making jokes. It was a fun night, and celebrated just as a New Year’s Eve should be.

Friends. Fun. Singing. Dancing.

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
Marrkech, Morocco
January 6, 2008

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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