New Year’s Eve was perfect! In Sweden, we celebrate New Year’s with friends in a rather festive manner. Preferably with lots of friends, always with quite fancy food, and dressed up in semi-formal attires. We celebrate the year that passed properly and give the beginning of the year a good start. It’s was a bit of a cultural shock for me to celebrate with people in jeans a few years ago. Or with a group who didn’t want to do dinner that evening. But this year, it was perfect! Jenny (from Norway) had prepared everything and for dinner, we had two different fish courses (one was salmon, freshly smoked on Jenny’s terrace), and rain deer meat with lingonberries, and for desert, brownies with cloudberries and cream. And real champagne at mid-night! There were unfortunately not a lot of fireworks in New York – that’s also an indispensable part of a proper New Year celebration. But I had a really good time with nine people from six different countries. Again, happy nee year to all of you – let’s hope 2013 brings peace and joy and happiness around the world!