I have to admit that once I got back to my hotel, the thought of having to re-bundle up and leave my hotel room seemed too difficult. I mean, it was cold outside and as much fun as it is to stand in the cold, I wasn’t sure that was what I wanted to do with my life. Plus, I know that I have a tendency to play it safe, but I really wasn’t sure I wanted to go wandering away from my hotel by myself at midnight to find the fireworks and then go back to my hotel. I know that I did it in Stockholm, but I was significantly closer to city center than I was in Zagreb so I definitely felt more comfortable wandering that late at night.
As I got cozy in my room, I flipped on the TV to see if I could find any channels that would be hosting the fireworks from the main square. Since it was still relatively early, I didn’t find anything immediately but around 8PM, the fireworks started outside my window and I realized that I might actually be able to still see a show without leaving my room.
You see, my room was on the 10th floor of my hotel and it looked out over the rest of the city away from the city center. My window had a full 180 degree view of the rest of the city which was awesome to see in the day and even better to see on new year’s eve which was a fun surprise. Around 10PM more fireworks started going off all around the city and by the time midnight appeared, the entire skyline from my window lit up with fireworks.
Apparently the city allows people to light their own fireworks and they have multiple shows. While I wasn’t able to see the biggest show in Zagreb, I got to stand in my window and watch the entire city lit up with fireworks as far as the eye could see. It was a solid 20 minutes of fireworks over the entire city and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
Honestly, even though I did not get to partake in the festivities, I think that my way of ringing in 2018 was the best way possible for me. I was warm, in some sweats and could just stare at the fireworks without having to worry about finding my way home afterwards. It was so surreal and beautiful to see from my hotel room.
When the fireworks were done, I tucked myself into bed and fell asleep in preparation for my flight to Dubrovnik.