It's safe to say that I had the most eventful Valentine's Day ever this year because I spent it in Cadiz, Spain at the infamous Carnaval! I spent it with a few of my favorite girls here for our "Galentine's Day" and it was one for the books. Now, if you are ever in Spain during February I highly recommend that you go because it is the craziest thing you will never want to do again…but you HAVE to go once. It is like being in a bar for 15 hours or Mardi Gras with Summerfest (minus security). It was a free-for-all on the streets of Cadiz from 6pm to 6am where I learned to party like a Spaniard!
My friends and I met the bus company, taking 15 buses of crazy college kids to this event, at 11am, however we didn't leave until 1:30pm. I was frustrated at first because I could have used some extra sleep, but I was grateful by the end because if we had arrived any earlier than six I would have been ready to go at midnight. The bus ride wasn't too crazy. Emycet (the bus company) made sure we all ate enough carbs and food before we got there. They event served shots on the bus too, which was funny since the guy said only the Americans ever really take them. We may or may not have lived up to that stereotype…
After the 4 your bus ride we finally arrived in Cadiz. The bus company literally dropped us off and said "see you at 5:30am to leave!" We were in Cadiz, ready to go, wearing masks, wigs and boas. We walked around and got situated by the water. What I love most about trips like these is the number of people you meet. We took pictures with some cute guys dressed up as babies and talked to random girls by the bathroom and so forth. We ate around 10pm then headed over to see a few shows. It definitely wasn't the cultural experience I had envisioned with parades and processions of dancers, but I think that was during the daytime and a true college crazy experience.
For the last few hours we walked around, trying to find food and enjoying the crazy streets. We danced a bit, but I definitely saw to many body parts, from guys and girls alike, who were peeing on stoops everywhere. Costume wise it was like Halloween. Few people were masks, but we saw a group dressed as sperm, beer, weed, Mario, police officers, a sexy skunk and much more. It was actually quite funny until I saw too many people in blackface. That made me uncomfortable because I will never understand it, but I didn't let it kill my high off life at the moment.
By 2:30am we were all pooped. The wine and sangria was gone and we just wanted to go home. A lot of places were closed because they didn't want to deal with the crazy drunk people, which I understand completely, however we really wanted to sit down. We opted for a bench, of course.
Overall, Carnaval was wild. I am definitely in no hurry to party for 12 hours straight, but I don't regret going. Seeing crazy Europeans and Americans hanging out on the streets was a sight to see and to anyone thinking about going, GO. If you want to avoid the drunks and party people I would suggest go earlier, it's not a place for kids after 9pm, and if I were ever to go again, I would go earlier to see the difference. Yes, the streets were dirty with broken bottles, trash bags, pee and condoms, but when in Spain...
I'd rather splurge on a good meal than a nice hotel, wine than water and plane tickets than club covers. Traveling and eating are my two favorite things, so follow my journey to see where I go and eat next! I'm just living my best life.