Carnival 2019 Torrevieja Spain
Our first year in Torrevieja and our first year in Spain. The original plan was come here in 2018, buy a flat to make our winter home and return to Portland Oregon during the summer to work on our media business. We received the keys to our new Flat on October 22, 2018 and our plane ticket back was for December 8th. We changed our plane ticket to May 8th, the furthest out we were allowed. Obviously we are still here over two years later.
We fell in love with the lifestyle. Spain celebrates life everyday. Each year in February is carnival. In Spain, Carnival is a time of feasting and celebration before the Lent period of fasting. This is a holiday long celebrated throughout history, and the concept is common throughout the world—that of indulgence and fun before the fasting begins.
This is the year of 2021. Since March of 2020 the world has been altered beyond anyone’s belief. The global pandemic of Covid 19 has changed the way we live, all of us across the entire planet. Eleven months later we still have a long way to go as we continue to have shut downs, curfews and travel restrictions across the globe. Industries have been shattered, especially within the entertainment and hospitality and tourism sector.
Today, which would normally be the first day of Carnival here in Spain I am looking back and writing this blog of our first experience of Carnival. It was February 2019, just six months of living in Spain and experiencing the culture we would not choose to leave, at least not now. Here are a few photos and a short video. Unfortunately the batteries on my phone died and we did not get all the big night time floats and fire.
Bisque Kitt goes everywhere and, as we have learned here on more then one occasion that is not always a good thing. Festivals in Spain are loud and usually with explosives. We made the mistake a few times (we are always together) but now we leave him at home. Better experience for us and he does not think the world is ending.
And this was our first Carnival in Spain. At this time, maybe we did know this would be our new home for awhile.