Chefs, Cows and Minie Mouse: Carnival at school

As you all already know, Spaniards celebrate Carnaval in the month of February and for the last week of February, the theme for carnival at the school was “Fashion Week” — where pre-K students dressed as Egyptians, 3rd and 4th grade teachers and students dressed as chefs, and 5th and 6th graders did what they like most: be cool. They got to create a whole fashion show, walking the catwalk in their cute “cool” outfits to the rhythm of Michel Teló music and more.

The teachers decorated everything and made the chef hats themselves, and they were asking if they should make me a hat so that I could be one of them. But I wanted to wear something a little more out of the ordinary, a little more fun (NOT that the chef choice wasn’t cute!). That’s just me. One of the pre-K teachers mentioned that she had an extra costume at home that perhaps could “look good” on me, she said, and said she could bring the whole thing for me the next day. (This teacher is usually a hell lot of fun, so I trusted that it was going to be good.)

Then Fashion Week arrived and, while it was nothing never seen before, as I would have liked (it was a Minie Mouse costume), it was very CUTE once I saw it and I decided to wear it. First of all, I have to say that I work with really nice people; I’ve never had absolutely everyone at work being this nice to me! It’s going to suck when I have to leave. 😛

So, yeah, here are some of the pictures from that day. We had so much food and so much fun! Spaniards know how to have a good time…I had a blast.

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De Carnaval en Cadiz!

Español: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos en El Puerto...

February is for carnaval in Spain, a festivity many look forward to — children especially. I always wanted to go to Cádiz for carnival because people have really promoted it over the years. Finally, I had the opportunity to go there last week and it was a lot of fun.

I must say it was nothing like the Carnaval de La Vega in Dominican Republic — which I think it’s one of the best things you’ll find in the Dominican Republic — or nothing like Brazil or Tenerife‘s (as seen on TV). But I thought it was fun. In Cádiz, it seemed that during carnival weeks, people from all over go there in groups and take over the city, literally. There wasn’t a single hotel available in Cadiz, reason that Chris and I had to stay in El Puerto de Santa María, 30 minute train ride from Cadiz. Driving is probably a shorter distance — too many stops on the train. Both, El Puerto de Santa María and Cadiz (and surrounding ports) are places that I would visit mainly for the beach.

So these groups of friends wear matching costumes and parade up and down the streets. Some were playing al pañuelo on the beach, sitting at a bar, while the most famous performances of Cádiz carnival took place on almost every corner of the city: Chirigotas, satiric groups singing about politics, topics in the news, and everyday circumstances in Spain. They’re pretty funny, but speaking Spanish doesn’t guarantee that you’ll “get” the joke; understanding the culture, maybe.

On Sunday night of the weekend we were there, they held the “Cabalgata” — a parade with giant floats, performers, among other things. It was great to watch. Here are some of the pictures.

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