This past weekend in Alicante, we celebrated Carnaval. Carnaval is celebrated the weekend before lent starts so everybody can "commit their sins" before a holy time. While many other countries have Carnaval, there is nothing quite like Alicante Carnaval! Carnaval is basically like Halloween in the US just 10 times more intense. The streets in La Rambla close and there are big stages set up for concerts and there are vendors all in the streets!
For us, the night started early, at 11. The majority of the people in my program went to the beach and hung out for a little while and then made our way to the barrio/Rambla (the 2 areas are right next to each other). There were people EVERYWHERE! Young, teens, old, you name it, they were in the streets in their disfrazes (costumes). If you are not dressed up, it is weird. Everybody dresses up and just roams the streets, I have never seen so many people ever and I have been in NYC on St. Patrick's Day! Moving about the barrio there were many different costumes, many people dressed as Minnie and Mickey Mouse, soccer players, referees, etc. I dressed as a Cowgirl. As the night progressed, we made our way to the streets of the Rambla where there was a huge concert (casually at 3:30 A.M.). The music was blasting, everyone was dancing and having a great time! So great of a time I didn't get home until about 5 A.M. and the party was still going on when I left! Carnaval was awesome!
This weekend, I head to beautiful Roma! I am so excited to reunite with my best friend from school who is studying at John Cabot University and explore a new city! Stay tuned!