4 February 2008

Carnival de Cádiz

On Saturday night I accepted a job from my good friends at Discover Sevilla, (I do all their design stuff) to go on one of 8 buses they had taking over 400 american students to the southern Andalucian city of Cádiz, 1 1/2 hours from Seville, for the Carnivale. It was all pretty simple, all i had to do was dress up, at the meeting spot I had to check off names, put on arm bands and later in the bus on the way let them all know the rules for returning and some other tips for Carnival etiquette. I also had to chose a "best dressed" on my bus to give a prize to. Then when the bus arrived in Cádiz I was free to party with all my Discover Sevilla pals and other helpers who I already knew. Chosing a best dressed was actually quite difficult, everyone dressed up but no-one really stood out. I personally stood out like a sore thumb not really cause my costume was that fantastic, just cause I looked so damn hideous. Most of the girls on the bus were doing sexy dress up, porn pirate, that sort of thing. I personally have never seen a pirate in fishnets and hotpants, but I suppose single gals gotta shake their thang.

I don´t know why it is but everytime I dress up for something I bypass the whole sexy thing and seem to make myself look as hideous as possible. Beards & monobrows are fun I say. Check me out here. I went as a sexy doctor. Obviouly the boys were lining up for a sponge bath. Actually, most of my friends there could barely speak to me! The voice that they knew was coming from a hideous unfamiliar face and it was all quite trippy. My face is outrageously red cause I gave myself red cheeks to make myself just that little bit more sexy, even though I don´t think I needed it cause my face is already so attractivly tomato naturally. My friend Rachel (who works at Discover Sevilla) went as the same thing and we got ready together with Marcos (being a wog himself and naturally knowing about these things) helping us paint our monobrows. Aren´t we hot?
The Carnivale de Cádiz is quite famous in Spain. It is essentially a street party that goes for 1 week and apart from the drinking on the streets there are bands called Chirigotas that compete in a Best Carnival 2008 Chirigota Group competion. They are groups dressed up singing comdeic type songs in a particular style unique to the Cádiz Carnival. There are also "illegal" chirigotas, (being illegal cause they are not actually official competing) that pass through the streets singing some tunes, playing music and getting the crowds crazy.
Saturday night at Carnival is one of the big nights even though it also goes through the day. On the streets of Cádiz on Saturday night, they said there was around 500.000 people out, all dressed up, (I don´t actually recall anyone not dressed up!) So you can imagine the atmosphere was pumping.
I finish my job here on the 14th feb, they aren´t going to renew my contract, which was completey expected as there is no work to do and 5 people from my department had been retrenched in the past few months. I am happy for the change as even when there is work to do here, it is really quite boring stuff, I have been going for jobs and quite frankly I am a damn expert at spanish job interviews, I don´t even get nervous anymore. I am waiting to hear back from a job I really want, it looks like I´ve got it but they haven´t told me the pay yet so I am hoping for a miracle that they actually pay an acceptable wage. I need the euros for Vegas! Ching Ching...hit me! So cross your money fingers for me.....

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Sarita said...

Oh. my. God. You guys really WERE hideous, Rachel wasn't kidding! Glad to hear about the potench job, got my fingers and toes crossed for ya! XOXO