New Year's Eve in Germany is an experience everyone should have! Fireworks are illegal in Germany, except on New Years. The sky lit up at midnight in downtown Wiesbaden for at least 30 minutes. It was a beautiful, unorganized chaos. All the fireworks displays were by individual people, but the effect was more amazing than if it was orchestrated. About 12:30am, the smoke from the fireworks mixed with the fog and although I could still hear the fireworks, you couldn't see them anymore.
As I was standing on the commissary hill behind Dawn's house, toasty warm from the fires and enjoying my sparkling grape juice, she mentioned how it must have been similar to the WWII bombing that took place on a very foggy night. How crazy would it have been to be standing on that hill watching the bombing of the outskirts of Wiesbaden and across the river in Mainz? I'm so glad for the amazing opportunity to live in Germany and have such interesting and unique experiences with such amazing people.