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Amsterdam Fireworks New Year Eve 2009/10 - from the 20th floor of the Okura Hotel

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Published on Jan 3, 2010

This video cannot even begin to capture it.

My husband has been going on and on for years about how the Dutch celebrate New Year's Eve. He told me to forget the organised displays by cities and local councils - that they were boring - and that the Dutch did it in style with almost every household going crazy each year. Though I lived in Holland for 8 months, I had never been there for New Years. This year he took me to Amsterdam - a place he had lived for seven years. Instead of going to the Dam Square, or even getting a hotel room that faced Amsterdam, we went to the Okura hotel (**highly** recommended, BTW), and, in a cute twist of fate, were given room 2010. The room faced south (directly away from the city center) and east towards Amstelveen and Diemen.

The fireworks were the most amazing I had ever seen. 10 seconds after midnight the sky explodes and continues the insanity for more than 45 minutes. It's like the city is a war zone. Keep in mind watching this that these fireworks are *not* from an official display - it's just people out in their gardens and (literally!) in the streets firing off their own rockets.

I now can't imagine New Years anywhere else. No premeditated formal New Years show could, for all the design it might have, be as spectacular as spontaneous fireworks from horizon to horizon as far as the eye can see. When it comes to the biggest party of the year, the Dutchies do it right!

Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!!!!

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