New Year’s Day
For well over an hour last night, the Chisinau skyline gave the impression of a city under siege. It was virtually impossible to distinguish the official fireworks from those purchased by the general public. A thick cloud of smoke hung over the city center, as a myriad simultaneous explosions pierced the night, spreading their radiant starbursts above the Moldovan capital as far and wide as the eye could see. People were still setting off fireworks at 2am, when we called it a night.
It was a fitting end to a noisy week. Living in an apartment building, we missed the Moldovan trick-or-treaters, but apparently the same youths who go door-to-door ringing bells on Halloween repeat the custom towards the end of the year. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve, groups of teenagers called at our door, repeatedly sending Emmie into a barking frenzy. According to our friends, these youths sing carols, usually poorly, with the expectation of being remunerated for their troubles. However, as some of them had apparently forgotten to put away their Halloween masks, we decided against opening our door. As far as we could tell, our new neighbors were not any more inviting to the unsolicited visitors, and as all of them also have dogs, the entire street resonated with a canine chorus of barks and yelps for three nights.
By contrast, all was quiet on New Year’s Day. And there was even a tiny bit of snow, as if to complete the U2 lyric. Having already reflected on last year’s adventures, we discussed our resolutions for the new year over a late breakfast. Even though New Year’s resolutions rarely stick past the end of January, it doesn’t hurt to try to do the things that we know we should be doing anyway but for some reason can’t manage to accomplish. To make the task easier, we kept the list short: (1) be better about staying in touch with friends and family, so that our communication is more than just impersonal blog updates, and (2) read more books, with a corollary that we will endeavor to look at fewer buzzfeed articles and other random internet junk.
So, does anyone have any good book recommendations for the new year?