Navidad en Fuego!

Christmas Day, I got off of the station for a while for the first time since I got here. All of us hardcore researchers who were here for the holidays headed over to the home of Alex, a British expat, and Felix, her Tico significant other. We had a spectacular British/Costa Rican fusion Christmas feast. Then we lit a bunch of stuff on fire.

First to burn: traditional brandy-soaked English pudding.

Lighting the sugar cone. We were already a cultural melting pot, so we threw in a German tradition, too. Alex heated spiced wine and orange juice, then set a grate over the pot with a “Zuckerhut” of solid sugar on top. Soak the Zuckerhut with rum, ignite to melt the sugar into the pot, and presto! Feuerzange Bowle. So sweet and boozy! Where can I get a Zuckerhut in A2?

The day would have involved even more fire, but we couldn’t get the beer cannon which Diego contributed to the gift exchange to light properly.

Pre-feast snacks with new friends.

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