I know it's a bit late... but let me wish all of you a very joyful 2007 and days filled with art and dreams.
I've not been well these past 3 weeks. For 2 weeks I had a horrible cold and on the day I was going to announce its departure (last Friday) I suddenly came down with the flu in all its various forms. Finally tonight I seem to feel a lot closer to normal and am ready for a nice cup of tea and a cookie.
New Years Eve is the main festival of the Albanian year and I forced myself to get out of bed and make my way to the party. I'm so glad I did- it's an event not to be missed, with fireworks exploding for several hours in every sector of the city. You get quite a buzz from it all. I imagine all you Albanians who have immigrated to Canada and the US must find us terribly boring at this time of year, and I think you must miss this rather wild and crazy atmosphere very, very much. I also loved the Albanian tradition of bringing your whole family to the New Years party dressed in their finest outfits, and letting everyone from 2 years old to 100 loose on the dancefloor. Your dances are delightful and your songs are enchanting. Faleminderit!
For 2007 I resolve to live more artfully and break more rules. (Oh yeah- and to learn Albanian!)