Sunday, February 21, 2010

Carnaval: Córdoba 2010

Last night was Carnaval in Córdoba. From my bedroom, I could hear the festivities beginning in la Plaza de Tendillas. Trumpets sounded at about 8:30 pm, followed by the beating of drums. People cheered as the musicians began making their way to the Plaza Mayor. The crowds followed and would continue to do so all night as the entertainment traveled from plaza to plaza throughout the city.

Children and adults alike were dressed for the occasion. We saw everything from soldiers to pirates, princesses to demons, legos to doctors and nurses, and we even saw a group dressed up as Avatars from the major motion picture! (And yes, we took pictures with them.) Drinks were flowing, people sang and danced in the streets, and as seen in the picture below, people were getting more and more intimate as the night went on. And just as it started getting good and we were getting ready to move to the next plaza, what happened? It started. To rain.

People began leaving the Plaza where a comedy/musical act had just finished singing and dropping their pants, and needless to say, we were sad to see the festivities end. We tried to keep the evening in motion by going to a club, but the first one we went to was hosting a private party. We tried a second one, but it was an hour wait, and at 2:30 in the morning, that is a LONG wait. So, we ended our night at a local bar down the street from my house (El Campeon), which serves drinks with gummy bears at the bottom. It's pretty much a hole-in-the-wall dive where you don't use the bathroom, and the owner of the bar who serves the drinks always looks like he wants to kill himself, but all in all, it's a pretty fun place.

So even though Carnaval in Córdoba wasn't everything we had hoped it would be, it was worth going out and seeing the city in action after its long hiatus due to the rainy weather. And yes, that hiatus will begin again as yes, the rain is now beating against my window and will continue to do so until the end of February.

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