Carnival OMG!!

Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
Trip End May 31, 2012

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Flag of Argentina  , Litoral,
Sunday, February 5, 2012

We decided to take a little trip to Argentina's premier carnival competition in Gualeguaychu, a 3 hour bus ride from the capital. This happens every Saturday through January, February and March as three carnival schools battle it out to be crowned champions. I thought it was a good way to see Carnival given the friendly, organised reviews. I showed James pictures from last year and we were a go! The day started off a bit hectic as we'd left plenty of time in advance of our bus but then realised half way we'd forgotten to pick up our washing and the lady was going on holiday from today so byebye clothes! (Incidentally everyone here takes their washing out to be done, few seem to have their own washing machine etc.) So we high-tailed it back to the house, picked up washing and got back on the subway. We got to the bus station 10 minutes late and were going to go book another bus when James suggested going and checking if our bus had been delayed. Buses here are notoriously punctual and I had given up hope! So we dashed to the far end of the bus station and there was a bus for Gualeguaychu. We showed our tickets and were allowed on board. We sat in our allotted seats counting our blessings they'd let us on what we realised was not our bus! It was only at the next stop when people got on with the same seat numbers that we acted dumb and they found somewhere else to sit - tense!

So having arrived about 5.30pm we had until 10pm to find some grub and pick up our tickets. All went smoothly, we even found Gin&Tonic and started to relax into the carnival mood. At 10pm I was getting twitchy about being late (obviously, I'm English!) but James suggested we have another beer as nowhere in this country starts a party on time. So we turned up fashionably late at 11pm and we were still early!

We decided to get some drinks and find our seats in the Corsodromo. On seeing someone else with a big pink drink I asked what is was - strawberry daiquiri, by the pint :) yes please! We found our seats, fourth row back, next to a really sweet family with a cutey daughter, about 2 yrs. Mothers and Fathers of the UK, you won't believe it but she stayed up through the whole thing until close at 3am!!

So the carnival itself, well the pics will say more than words, a few points...
1) you could always tell when a naked woman was on her way by the pheasant feathers protruding from the top of her head.
2) James' eyes nearly popped out more times than can be mentioned.
3) The sheer scale of it - three processions each taking one hour, with the same piece of music played CONTINUOUSLY! I can't get them out of my head even now :)
4) The best bit - each procession was followed by a band of drummers playing a samba beat, of course with naked girls and boys dancing in front of them, awesome beat! (oh and the naked boys got way more whistling than the girls, due to a large crowd of lusty chicas in the rows behind us) :)

-Liz x 
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Morgane on

OMG!!!!!!!! I feel like such an ugly and dull cow after that!!
It must have been amazing!! :)

Jack on

Well, that was a good day .... normally, the near disaster is remembered more than the excursion but judging my the pictures, this may not hold fully true.

Glad to hear your still have fun!!!!!

smitherson on

Morgane - Its never too late to put glitter on your boobs and dance around! - Liz

Jack - Too ture my friend, too true.... - JJ

Jo on

Well it appears less is more, great costumes even if they are so small I am sure it’s just so they can stay cool-----the spectators must be feeling hot!!!!

. Never seen so many toned asses in one place Shame not more pictures of the guys. Liz takes charge on the camera next time.

Look fantastic, thanks for sharing with us

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