Friday, February 24, 2012

Presidents and Costume Parties

Hey everyone! How is it going? This has been a shorter week, since we enjoyed a 3-day weekend thanks to the President's Day on Monday. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, let's quote Wikipedia for this one:
"Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day (sometimes spelled Presidents' Day or President's Day). As Washington's Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states." More information here.

I actually did enjoy the day off a lot. I just wanted to relax, and take some time to fill up my fridge, read, watch movies, hang out and forget about the rest. Miraculously, I had managed to finish my work on time, so I did not have to procrastinate this time. It was also a very nice day. Look how beautiful the city looked from one of my favorite spots, the east riverside:

I love walking around there and have mention it several times already. Everyone needs a place like that and I'm glad I found it!

This week was full of celebrations back in my country as well. It was the carnival. I can't find an equivalent here, since it is not celebrated, but I guess the celebrations are quite similar to Halloween. It is the time when we dress up in costumes and have fun.

18 year old José and Daniel dressed up for carnival
It's a huge celebration, and even if it's still quite cold, most of it happens outdoors. There are street parades in most of the cities, with costumes, music, dancing... and costume parties everywhere. I haven't celebrated it for a few years now, since this is my third year away from home. However, I still remember when I used to dress up with my friends and go out laughing at ourselves.

If my memory is not that messed up, this picture on the left is the last time I celebrated it. And I am thinking it was about 4 years ago! No, I don't usually go out like that, I was trying to look like a gangster, but I'm afraid everyone thought I was a different thing. Oh well, between both of us, I wasn't the one that caught the attention the most (my hair wasn't green)! It seems to me it was a lifetime ago. Time has gone by really quick, but so many things have happened in these four years that it feels really far away from today. Oh if only the fake gangster in the picture knew where he would be right now!

I hope everyone enjoyed the day off and had a good week! Now time to enjoy the weekend again. Have a good one! See you soon!


  1. The picture of one of your favorite spots looks magical. Very beautiful!

  2. I came across your page, and it looks interesting. I like the green-haired nurse costume, looks so entertaining.