First time was in 2001. It was 10 years ago and in Thailand. I held a big party with workers for the last day in few days before and it was completely quiet on that day. It was too quiet to do anything but go to mountain to research as usual. At that time I hoped I would be a researcher.
2006年。ケニアの空港にて。待合い室で新年を迎えました。 前にいた白人カップルが小さな声で「Happy New Year」と ささやいていたのがちょっと心温まった。
I saw the new year in 2006 in the waiting room of the international airport in Kenya. European couple, who seated in front of me, whispered "Happy New Year." I felt warm a bit.
I saw the new year in 2009 in the salon in cheap hotel in Amman, the capital of Jordan. Al Jazeera called as middle eastern CNN broadcasted serious news. It continued without countdown for new year. I didn't feel I saw the new year. I was happy to float on the Dead sea.
I saw the new year in 2010 on the main street in Las Vegas, US. Countdown on the big screen on the hotel delayed about 30 seconds, so I felt it was half-finished. However, I got 100 USD by roulette and I felt it was nice opening of 2010.
2011年の幕開けはいかに！？ How about the opening of the year 2011?