Carnaval is a holiday that happens right before lent (think Latin American Mardi Gras). Almost everyone gets a four-day vacation (Saturday til Tuesday) to celebrate- which usually includes attacking others with water, foam, eggs, flour, etc. and going to the beach. I went with the girls on my exchange program to Tonsupa Beach in the Esmereldas province on the coast of Ecuador. It was really hot and really humid. But the beaches were pretty, the night life was great (aka dancing! I kinda learned to dance from kind strangers), and the ceviche (cold seafood dish) was to die for! Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me at all times (fear of being robbed…), so here’s what I managed to get. And a picture is stolen from Annette. But here was my Carnaval experience:
^We rode on these “moto-taxis” around town all weekend! They were pretty cheap too, usually just $1 per person to go anywhere,
^This is ceviche. It’s like a cold seafood stew made with: 1) seafood (you pick! I had shrimp, clam, and oyster in mine), lime juice, onions, tomatoes, some ketchup and mustard (I was surprised too!), some chopped up herbs, and popcorn, toasted corn, and plantain chips on top. It was absolutely delicious. Also, the ceviche was so dark because of the natural juices that came out of the freshly shucked clams… mmm.
^Annette and I with beach braids! We got them right after we went parasailing (photos are on someone’s camera who doesn’t use Facebook… boo…)!
^Batidos or smoothies. We found a restaurant that made giant ones for $2! It was super yummy, especially the coconut shavings.
^Dana playing Carnaval with Rosita’s cousins (our Ecuadorian friend)! We all ended up playing and getting super wet. Luckily we were on our way to the beach anyway.
^One day, the tides went crazy high! Not sure what was going on, but as you can see the water was going up past the tents! The waves were crazy too! And there was a rip tide… which I learned when I was playing in the water haha
^MEAT ON A STICK!!!!!!!! Technically a kabob or “pincho,” but “meat on a stick” just sounds more elegant, doesn’t it? Haha. Yo this stuff was so good. I don’t know what they do to the meat or how they cook it so amazingly well, it’s just really tasty. And best of all, it was super cheap. The meat on a stick in this picture cost a measly 75 cents. Holla.
^We watched the sunset on our last night. Isn’t it gorgeous?! It went down really fast too…
^On our first night out, we heard the Macarena playing and BOLTED to the club to dance. So much fun!!! This is Annette’s pic!
And that’s the end of my photo recap of Carnaval! Hope you enjoyed it, especially those of you who are suffering in 20 degree weather right now hahaha. Just kidding. Sorry. It’ll be spring soon. Then summer. Yay.