Yo Ho Yo Ho, a Pirate’s Life for Me

This last weekend, T and I made our way to his hometown for the first weekend of Carnival (know around these German parts as Fasching).  Also, yes I said first weekend because next weekend will be part 2.

In the meantime, I am sure the American readers out there are somewhat familiar with the idea of Carnival: It’s very much a European/Central/South American tradition. It’s the festive season before Lent. Mardi Gras is the closest thing we have in to Carnival in the States but this German version doesn’t have Mardi Gras beads that you earn by taking off your shirt.

But there are costumes!!!!

I love costumes.  As a kid, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays because every year my mom would make my costume and I could pretend to be someone else for the night…even if I had to wear that stupid turtle neck under my Pocahontas costume so I wouldn’t get sick.

As I got older my outfits ranged from the cutesy:

IMG_2515

My roommate Sarah and I in Sevilla, Spain getting ready for Carnival in 2008 (I was a Flamenco dancer.....sort of)
My roommate Sarah and I in Sevilla, Spain getting ready for Carnival in 2008 (I was a Flamenco dancer…..sort of)

To the contemporary:

Little known fact: Lady Gaga was originally a brunette!
Little known fact: Lady Gaga was originally a brunette! Me as Brunette Lady Gaga in LA in 2010

To the traditional:

Dressed in traditional Peruvian dress back in senior year of college
Dressed in traditional Peruvian dress back in senior year of college

Repeating some favorites:

Repeat of Gaga in Chicago 2012
Repeat of Gaga in Chicago 2012

To downright nerdy:

Me as the 11th Doctor at a party where there was another 11th Doctor in Chicago 2011
Me as the 11th Doctor at a party where there was another 11th Doctor in Chicago 2011

So even though I don’t get my Halloween as much as back in the States….at least I get my costume fix through Fasching.

So the question is….what did we dress up as for this Faschin?

The answer is in the title: Pirates!

IMG_0467 IMG_0470 IMG_0417

By the way, I told everyone that I was the Captain and T was my First Mate who did all the manual labor while I took home the booty 🙂

The whole event was organized through T’s sport club.  It looked amazing!

IMG_0419 IMG_0420

This was the main hall. But if you walked around, you would find several other bars each with different themes:

Ski Lodge
Ski Lodge
Western Saloon
Western Saloon

IMG_0430

Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black

IMG_0434 IMG_0435

There was also a couple of live bands (notice that they were in traditional Bavarian clothes:

IMG_0464 IMG_0462 IMG_0455 IMG_0441

If you were wondering who you were, the main band was AlmRocker.  They were a blast!!! I highly suggest going to see them play if you have a chance! Check out their Facebook page.

There were over 1000 people there….it was quite epic!!!! The next week will be a little more low-key (~300).  I am very proud of these folks for bringing together such a cool and epic event. Can’t wait to return for more fun next week 🙂

Bis Freitag!!!

Advertisements

Let Me Know Your Thoughts....

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s