New Year's Countdown with Mr.305
This year, I went to Miami to celebrate the new year. What made this year's holiday thrilling was the free concert by Pitbull, or Mr.305. Pitbull is a rapper born in Miami to Cuban parents and has dozens of US hits including two No1 songs. The concert really made my time in the US.
Miami was warm and some people were swimming at South Beach. When I checked in our hotel, a lovely young lady spoke to me in English with a Latin accent, which was nice but a bit confusing since I felt as if I were in Mexico or Spain. The fact is that 60% of the people in Miami speak Spanish. Little Havana is famous for its Latin population but in fact everywhere in Miami you can hear people speaking Spanish.
The Bahamas are a former colony of the UK and people speak English. The downtown is full of beautiful colonial architecture and colorful houses. In the Bahamas, they paint houses in accordance with their function, e.g. yellow=national hospitals and schools, pink=government offices.
They celebrate New Year's Eve with a gorgeous parade and some Bahamans kindly recommended us to stay for it. Unfortunately, we had already got a flight ticket back to Miami.
Back in Miami on New Year's Eve.
Miami celebrates the new year with the Orange Ball rising ritual, which Miami concocted to rival New York's dropping ball. The Orange Ball is a big orange attached onto the Intercontinental Hotel and is somehow moved upward as the new year's countdown proceeds, reaching the top when the clock strikes midnight.
At Bayfront Park, Pitbull showed up around 23:45. At the stroke of midnight, watching the fireworks, Pitbull was in a nostalgic mood saying 'when I was a kid, I was watching these fireworks.......'
He played for more than 30 minutes, and even my not-so-interested partner seemed to be impressed with the concert, which was much longer and more proper than had been expected.
So, 2015 came in such a glorious way for me and I hope you had a great time too, wherever you were.