|Hans (Nadja's father), Nadja and Joni at the fondue dinner on Holy Night|
On the 24th, Nadja and I trimmed the tree -- red and silver with white candles. Later we visited the Christmas Market in Sterzing with a few packages in tow. The highlight of the day would our family dinner (fondue!) with Nadja, Merko, Hans, Martina, Arnold, Iliona and their two children - Ian and Ivey. Following this very warm and friendly meal was opening gifts. The modesty that Peter and Nadja promised was not apparent. We received amazing gifts of food from South Tyrol and European culture (tickets to the New Year's Day concert in Salzburg!)
|Nadja and Martina lighting the sparklers on the tree (the candles are already lit)|
|Nadja and Peter|
On the 26th, Nadja and Merko left for a 3 week trip to Vietnam - we traveled to Afers for a short visit with Emma and research for Peter. Our last night included a performance of Die Fledermaus in Brixen. The music of Johann Strauss was beautiful, the story (as always)- ridiculous. Amazing to have been there!
New Year's Eve was a present to me -- "the outside looking in." We reserved New Year's Eve dinner at the Stiftskeller St. Peter and while it was a lovely setting, exquisite menu, ridiculously expensive, and highly desired ... it reminded me that I would prefer to prepare an intimate meal on New Year's Eve with true friends. Yet - unless I had experienced it, I would have always wondered if "there was something better. " Now I know differently. I might not be able to replicate the fireworks but I can certainly improve on the meal. The music provided between the courses was very good (selections from Le Nozze Di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Die Zauberflöte) with a nice rendition of Queen of the Night sung by soprana, Rutana Calugarescu. (Ah ha a ah a) A nod to Joanne and Jim Lynagh - I cannot improve on your New Year's celebration!
|Dressed in our "Glad Rags" for New Year's|
|Our dining room in Stiftskeller St. Peter, Salzburg|
|I took this picture after the performance - not during|