Saturday, January 1, 2011


I stayed in Bologna for New Years Eve and New Years, which the Italians call Capodanno. In Bologna, they have a tradition called the Rogo del Vecchione, which involves burning a old person effigy of the old year. After a little fun at my house, where we all learned "Auld Lang Syne," the few of us left in Bologna went to the city center to watch Italians throw fireworks and bottles everywhere, and to watch the Rogo del Vecchione.

This year, the Vecchio was a frog. I have no idea why. It was pretty cool anyway.

And so, with smoke, explosions and a giant bonfire around me, I watched the old year fizzle out and welcomed in the new with 5,000 Italians.