Carnivals in Europe

Ultimate getaway shortcut - start New Year going on Carnival in Venice, Italy. Smiling young woman in white sweater hiding behind Venice Mask in the front of Rialto Bridge and taking selfie

Carnivals in Europe

January 12th, the phone at Bracap rings and on the other line I hear an excited and nervous voice that speaks in English to me.

– Good afternoon, my name is Rosthman and I am calling from Malaysia. This might be a bit complicated but a group of friends and I have a crazy last minute idea. We would like to experience the different Carnivals across Europe.

– Hello, good afternoon, I think this is a great idea! We can help you to prepare everything!

February 26th, we received an email and a colleague at work and I read it with a smile on our faces and with a bit of jealousy, to be honest.

“Good morning team, we are back home in Kuala Lumpur, with a bit of jet lag but very happy with our experience! Carlo was waiting for us at the airport in Venice with a mask for each one of us.

– Ciao guys, how was your flight? I hope you are not too tired because we are off for a walk!
We are surprised as the flight was very long but his energy has rubbed off on us. We leave our luggage at the hotel and mix in with the crowd and stroll through the small streets.

Carlo insists we buy a piece of pizza that is sold at a kiosk. Delicious! He tells us that the first pizza was done in Naples and was for Queen Margarita (…that is where the name Pizza Margarita comes from, which is tomato and mozzarella)

On the following day we go to the Venetian Feast Over Water and we attend a workshop of Italian Halal food.

On the way back some of my friends were already talking of setting up an Italian restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, I suppose they were driven by the rush of the moment.

After Italy, we fly to Koln, in the North of Germany. We arrive on a Thursday morning and on our way to the hotel a woman dressed up approaches one of my friends, Razi, the only one that always wears a tie.

– Hi, good morning!- She takes out of her purse a pair of scissors, cuts off his tie, smiles and walks away.

We were dumbfounded and Frank, our guide, could not stop laughing. He then explained that it is a tradition in Koln that on the Thursday of carnival women go to work dressed up and cut off ties of the men they come across. We then all laugh together except for Razi of course, who keeps watching the piece of tie that hanging from his collar.

We spend three amazing days in the North of Germany and to end our trip we decide to go to Spain, specifically to the Canary Islands!

We were there for the celebration of the Carnaval Tradicional de los Indianos Palmeros in las Palmas of Gran Canaria. There Shalzy fell in love with our Spanish guide and told her he would like to marry for a second time! She of course turned him down. We had a good laugh. María was very sweet and took us for tapas and we were able to experience many good places in the area.

Shazly with teary eyes and the rest of us sadly said goodbye to María, and flew to Barcelona, where we were to end our European journey. We went to another of the most famous carnivals in Spain, the Sitges Carnaval. We spent there our last two days and then off to Malaysia again.

Thanks for everything! We send you some pics 

Regards,

Rosthman”

Judit Tasies

Nómada, enamorada de viajar.

Judit Tasies

Dicen que nunca es tarde y así es: Durante mi infancia nunca había viajado fuera de España.
Ahora hace diez años que me convertí en medio “Nómada”. Enamorada de viajar, de conocer gente maravillosa por el mundo y de escuchar sus historias. Cada vez que planeo un nuevo viaje no puedo evitar sonreír y sentir una felicidad enorme.
Una pasión compartida por muchos de nosotros que es contagiosa y que crea adición.

Judit