Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Last Saturday muchos americanos and I ventured to Cádiz, (a city about an hour away) for Carnaval. The largest Carnaval celebration in Europe! We didn't quite know what we were in for, I just had the notion that it would be in between Halloween (in Madison) and Marti Gras (in New Orleans). It turned out to be just about that, add rowdy spaniards singing and dancing, subtract any use of public bathrooms, and multiply by the 9 (very long) hours we were there...and that would equate to Carnaval. And obviously a resaca.
My friends and I kind of underestimated the costume effort for Carnaval. We just headed to H&M and bought anything deemed "crazy" or "leopard" and called ourselves rock stars. With my red lipstick it was probably deemed "baby cheetah prostitute" but whatever.
Fortunately, the spaniards and most americans, ok just about everyone else, was more creative.
The Mask(s). Go 90's reference
Exhausted Sponge Bob, Tetris, Croc & Zebra Duo, Cash-4-Gold
Favorite Men in Drag:
Carnaval is fun but I think i prefer my Madison Halloween: I'm not lost, there's little to no public urination, staying up until 7am isn't mandatory and... no abundance of fake costume genitalia. (Seriously, does anybody know the deal with that? I think even saw a guy in a bee costume w/an extra appendage and it wasn't a stinger)
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
so it happened...FINALLY
i am now 21
via My Parents Were Awesome
however, I'm in Spain, and therefore was legal/never carded in the last month. a tad anticlimactic.
i have to say i was a little nostalgic for a Madison 21st birthday celebration - with friends who have been calling me "the baby" for what seems like forever.
but - my host mother made me a delicious cake, and even sprang for a "2" and "1" candle (which everyone secretly wants, right?) and it helped my minuscule birthday woes go away.
anywhoo...thank you all who wished me well on my birthday! sorry i have no entertaining over-the-top 21st tales for you, as i've been obnoxiously responsible lately. but don't worry, Carnavale is this weekend in Cadiz ;) (Spanish equivalent of a Madison Halloween.)
Posted by Katie at 7:36 PM
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
This weekend I took a day trip to Córdoba with my program
The Mestiza had the most beautiful architecture I've ever seen
First we meandered around the gardens...
and found Ferdinand & Isabel and Christopher Columbus
...this tree with character
...and this laday
then entered the famous Mestiza
Sorry, architecture pics are always more boring second-hand but there were
just so many spectacular sights
The place was huge! It was built for a capacity of 30,000
...originally Muslim, then made Catholic (like most of Spain)
After the Mestiza we went wandering around the town...
There was a Medieval Festival that weekend
And along the way found Medieval torture tactics too!
Then unfortunately had to head home...