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Trip Start Dec 17, 2010
22Trip End Apr 26, 2011
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Carnaval has the same theory behind it as Mardi Gras. Basically, get all of your sinning out of the way before Lent. At least that's the history. I doubt that anybody at Carnaval or Mardi Gras is thinking about Lent too much. I would also compare Carnaval to Halloween because of the costumes. All of the stores have had costumes on sale for the past few weeks. People dress up as whatever they want, just like on Halloween. I've been told to expect to see a lot of Obamas and Spongebobs this year.
On Thursday night we went to a party called correfocs. Basically it was a bunch of people dressed as demons playing music and running around with fireworks. It was so surreal that even when I watch the video now, I don't feel like I was actually there. This night was especially cool, because it kind of made me feel like a local.
After the big correfocs show, there was a procession to a plaza in the barrio and then a salchicha cookout sponsored by the city. Mmmmm. Free wine and sausages. I knew already that I was going to like carnaval.
I had to go to bed early because on Friday morning I had my second set of exams. I think it went pretty well. Now I only have 4 more weeks of school.
Friday night is the first big party night of Carnaval. It was kind of cold, but there was still a lot going on in the streets and especially in the bars. I won't recount too much of this night, because my parents read this, but I actually got home at a reasonable hour (4) because I was waking up early today.
It was a quaint little place.
We didn't stay in Elche too long because we all need to rest up well for tonight. It will be the biggest of the 10 nights of Carnaval. Can't wait to tell you all about it next week. Make sure you check out the video from correfocs.