martes, 24 de febrero de 2009

carnivale

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I know that whenever people think of Peru, several things can come to mind. Might be the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, or the dark misterious rainforest. Some of you might think of beautiful beaches along the coastline and, perhaps, those of you interested in politics might actually remember the terrorist hell that the country went through for two (still very recent) decades.

Nevertheless, when I started blogging I decided I also wanted to let people know what life in my city was like. Lima is a difficult and confussing city, and everyone living here will tell you there are always mixed emotions when it comes to how one feels about it. There are, however, things I love about living here. And one of the is the Carnaval.

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It is a tradition that had been lost in Lima for many years, mainly due to the insecurity caused by terrorism and crime. It is, however, making a colourful and loud comeback in recent years. It is held on a Saturday in February, from 1 pm to 5 or 6 in the morning of the next day. It is the day to go crazy. You can dress up, dance, get naked, change genre, bring your kids, get drunk, whatever you feel like: there are no rules. People bring paint and you can paint everyone you see, even if you don't know anyone, you can still jump all over them, paint their faces and invite them to join the carnaval. 

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You start walking throught the city and then head down to the beach (Lima is located over cliffs, overlooking the coast). There's a party there and concerts and then everyone returns to the city for a street party that lasts until the sun rises. This year we went skinny dipping, got back in our costumes and returned to the party upstairs. 

I hope you enjoy the photos (not all taken by me) and that, maybe, one year you will join me in the Carnaval. 

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(I was still clean....)

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(that didn't last for too long...)

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bye!

9 comentarios:

Hippiegirl dijo...

wow awesome pictures! so colorful :)

aubrey dijo...

oh yes.i really love them too.
your folks are really funny:)

Mila dijo...

Hi dear!
Wow, what a wonderful, happy and colourful post.
I understand about the mixed feelings, although i've never been in your country and don't know much about it.
I think a fest like Carnival is good for countries/cities that have (had) trouble...it makes people aware of the beauty the city still has and the people who live there and all want the same: a happy, not so complicated life.

Have a great week!

<3
Mila.

Rita dijo...

Excelentes fotos! Para ser honesta, nunca había escuchado del carnaval en Lima, pero se ve súper divertido. Me encanta eso de que todo el mundo se esté pintando :D

Iheartfashion dijo...

Fantastic photos!

hoy dijo...

todavía no entiendo por qué no fui al carnaval de barranco... me avergüenzo de no haber estado ahí.

Emily Anne dijo...

how crazy! It looks like so much fun! My sister who's in Barcelona right now says there's a carnivale going on there too!

xoxo

Milla dijo...

fuuuuun! This looks lovely and so do you and your friend.

tis serendipity dijo...

Wowww these photos are so much fun!! =) So there's no real theme to the carnival and people can really dress up in whatever sort of costume they want? When did it start anyway? Is there a story behind it or a name to it?

You look like you had a great time. =) Really happy for you.