Last day of 1998 (my first entire year on the road)! Beach, swim, repeat. Read, played cards, basically spent the entire day hanging out.
New years eve diner was an amazing spread - a buffet here at the hotel we're camped at. Diner was supposed to be served at nine but they made everyone sit at the table for a solid hour while each dish was brought out and set on the table. Things looked great but it was pretty frustrating to be sitting there starving watching as the food went cold for an hour. Despite being cold the food was awesome.
Midnight was spent sitting around a huge bonfire and was toasted with beer (Champagne was 40,000 CFA a bottle - about $80). At around two thirty the party showed no signs of stopping (horrible music played at distortion levels - and all the locals dancing away), so everyone (us and a group of PCVs also staying here) walked down the beach and went skinny dipping under the nearly full moon). Sometime around four am things quieted down enough to go to bed.