We thought we’d been cold, but then it hit -14 and we were cold. I’d had a hard time deciding where we should go for New Years Eve. Odin and I aren’t really ever too fussed about the celebration. I settled on Bratislava, mainly because Prague, Budapest, and Vienna were all atrociously expensive. I was really pleased that we went to Bratislava. The cold did make it very difficult to maintain any motivation to do anything, but we still had a good few days of exploring the city. We spent New Years Eve day absolutely freezing and going from shop to shop just to steal their heating. Odin spotted an ice-skating rink, and after a few minutes of hard negotations, he convinced me to don a pair of skates. We had a pleasant hour gliding around before heading back to our room for a few drinks and to put on a few extra layers of clothes.
The celebrations in Bratislava were pretty fun. Early in the evening we met a group of Austrian guys who had popped over the border. The streets were full of people but there was still plenty of room to move and have a boogie. We got interviewed by a few news teams, although I doubt that we actually got put on air. The fireworks lit up the sky over the beautiful castle and it was a wonderful way to say farewell to what had been an incredibly special year for Odin and I, but also to look forward to all the exciting things that our future held.