With my eclectic group of friends, most nights seem to be crazy nights. Never a dull moment with this bunch. But immediately, the most recent crazy night comes to mind. New Year's Eve.
It started off as most New Year's Eve parties here in Taipei. We all went to a friend’s apartment’s rooftop, had some champagne, took hundreds of photos and laughed as we excitedly awaited midnight. Finally, the clock struck 12 and the city, together with the Taipei101 fireworks, exploded!. It was magical! We screamed “Happy New Year!”, hugged, kissed and took some more photos and everyone had a smile on their face.
One hour later, I was standing in front of the police station, balling my eyes out. After the rooftop party, we went out and my bag got stolen. With my cell phone, apartment keys, ID card (with my address on it!) and my beloved lip balm.
The fact that my bag got stolen was crap, yes, but I was mostly worried that the person who had my bag could easily get access to my apartment and all my information on my phone. And we couldn’t get into our place that night. By that time it was too late/early to contact our landlord.
The Boyfriend and I ended up wandering the streets in our neighborhood looking for a locksmith and a miracle. The Boyfriend ran out of credit on his phone, and we had almost no money on us. We were miserable and made our peace that we would maybe have to sleep in the park by our house, as we couldn’t contact anyone. Luckily, our friends called us and offered us a warm place to sleep. We had to walk for 25 minutes to get to their place.
We slept for about three hours and tried to contact our landlord. His phone was turned off, so our friend arranged a locksmith to open our door. As luck would have it, he could only open one of our locks, and we had to get a second locksmith to open the other lock. 2300NTD (about $80) and 3 hours later, we were in. The sound of that door clicking open was the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard.
Needless to say, The Boyfriend and I made a pact to never go out on a New Year's Eve again. It’s just too crazy!