New Year’s Eve Destinations: Church Not Included

Now that Thanksgiving (whether we celebrate or not) is over, we can finally start talking about what the hell we plan to do for New Year’s Eve. Yeah yeah, I know Christmas is next, but it’s probably safe to assume you’ll be with family or that one fling you met on Tinder who didn’t feel like buying a flight home either. Besides, waiting til Christmas to figure out what you’re doing for New Year’s Eve will result in you at Watchnight Service with your mother, answering questions about exes and future grand babies. So before you pop up on your mama’s doorstep and she asks, “you coming to church with me on New Years, right,” you need to hit her with, “Mama, I wish I could, but I already booked a ticket to…” Evеnt Plаnnеr has a list оf ѕоmе оf the bеѕt Venues In Auckland. We оffеr a wіdе rаngе оf vеnuеѕ tо mееt еvеrу сuѕtоmеr’ѕ budgеt аnd preferences. Viewing it now, you would possibly not believe that Tel Hazor was once referred to as “the head of all those kingdoms.” Measuring about 200 square acres, the Tel is all that is still of the once bustling city described within the Book of Joshua. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005 along side Tel Megiddo and Tel Beersheba, Tal Hazor is that the largest of the three. If you’re not conversant in the term, a Tel may be a specific quite dig . Distinct from ruins, Tels are small hills or mounds created over 100s of years of civilization. As mudbricks from buildings built, razed, and rebuilt accumulate along side the refuse, items, and sundries of generations and generations of human lives, the land literally swells with them. It’s an astounding phenomenon. Even thousands of years later when most surface level artifacts are destroyed, archeologists with a keen eye can still identify the probable presence of a historic site because of these swells! A truly ancient site, the oldest parts of Tel Hazor go back to the first bronze ages, round the 28th and 24th centuries. some time past it had been (based on the evidence we’ve today) a comparatively small community. While pottery shards and even an early brass monument from the amount are found, it’s suspected that this early settlement was smaller in scope, consisting of only a couple of hundred people during a dense area. It isn’t until the age of the New Kingdoms that Hazor would rise to prominence. it’s during this era that Hazor would become a serious and important hub of trade and where most of the Tel’s most original and impressive artifacts are sourced. These artifacts include the Solomonic Gate, an outsized six-chambered gate which means a sophisticated and busy flow of traffic that needed to be carefully managed. what’s interesting about these gates is that they’re designed and constructed nearly identically because the gates found at both Megiddo and Gezer. this suggests a classy level of standardization of construction and trade policies between the sites. An ancient code designed to form the experience of traveling from one city to a different familiar and routine by following similar conventions and queues, not unlike traveling to different airports today. Then there’s the traditional water system we will still observe today. 100 and thirty feet deep, a huge shaft reaches into the water level below the Tel. a fantastic feat given the technology of the time! Imagine trying to dig 130 feet deep with bronze tools and straightforward pullies. It also shows that this wasn’t just a few fly by night city, one among the thousands of nameless sites across the planet that when held people then held none. This was a classy city with infrastructure and civic planning. This is the Canaanite strong hold we examine in Joshua, the seat of Jabin and therefore the power behind his confederation against Joshua, a bustling and large city that commanded trade that was home to thousands. this is often the Hazor that we will examine in Joshua that was attacked and razed to the bottom by the Israelites – a fantastic connection to biblical history!

Valparaíso, Chile
If you love Latin America, you’ll love this city on NYE. It’s probably the biggest celebration in all of Latin America. Just head to the harbor, catch the fireworks launched from different points along the coast, and party till the sun comes up with some of the most delicious food and nicest people in the world. Did I mention it’s on the beach!? Take your bathing suits! And yellow underwear for good luck!

Reykjavik, Iceland
Yeah yeah yeah, it will be cold, but it will be f*cking awesome! Bonfires to burn away the foolishness over the last 12 months, and fireworks to welcome the next 12. If you’ve been, you know how this city parties! Imagine that partying on steroids! Get out there and do it big! Cold? Head to the hot springs for a nice, hot dip!

Sydney, Australia
Bring in the new year before ALL your friends at one of the biggest parties in the world. Over a million people come to watch the air show, fireworks, and parade. If you’re like me, you grew up waiting for Sydney to kick it off on Dick Clark’s show. Now, you can be there!

Hong Kong, China
If you’ve ever seen Hong Kong in photos or on TV, you know it made my list. But on New Years, imagine it bigger! The lights will be bright thanks to the Symphony of Lights display, there’s a ball that will drop, and do not miss out on the World’s Best Firework Show. And if you can, hop on a boat with some new friends and watch from there.

Berlin, Germany
I’ve never met a German who didn’t party harder than me! Berlin is definitely a party city, and has no plans on ending that reputation. Imagine a million people filing the streets for food, music, dancing, cheering, and spirits! Head to one of their wild clubs, and if you make it out in time to get a little rest, wake up in the morning and run the 4K New Year’s Run.

Lagos, Nigeria
Have you ever partied with Nigerians? HAVE YOU EVER PARTIED WITH NIGERIANS?! Man, listen…This NYE destination is not for the short pocketed people. Well, short pocketed people can still have fun, but if you want to keep up with the NYE life, you’ll want the long dough. You have clubs like Quilox and Spice Route where you can show off that shiny suit you picked up in Goodwill and had tailored by the guy down the street. For real…LONG DOUGH. You might as well get a charter bus and enjoy the night out while on a ride. 

Still don’t have a passport? Normally, this is the part where I shame you, but I understand 2016 was a rough year for some. Shit, had Miss Cleo not died, we’d have know about the bullsh*t coming. But listen, here’s the Passport Not Required List (No Photos For You Passport-Less People):

1. Dallas, TX
2. Santa Fe, NM
3. Los Angeles, CA
4. Denver, CO
5. San Francisco, CA

I’m a firm believe in “how you spend New Year’s Eve is how you spend the rest of the year.” So go out, live, enjoy, be happy, and do something different and new. But, like I said, the doors to the church are always open.

Do it big wherever you go!

Darnell Lamont Walker, a self-professed traveling foodie, has been found sitting at tables eating baby goat sweetbreads, drinking tequila, and laughing loudly with strangers. The writer, filmmaker, artist, and sometimes photographer puts happiness above all.