Alright, in actuality I don’t hate Carnaval per se. Who can hate thousands of people drinking and partying in the streets? Oh wait, the people who live in said city.
Carnaval is a blast! It really should be on every person’s bucket list. I have had quite a few awesome Carnavals and I still enjoy a good bloco here and there.
The thing is, I live here. Do you know how annoying it is to have to check a bloco (street party) schedule to see when you can leave your home? I have been blocked from my apartment before, back when I didn’t know better. If the street party congregates in front of your apartment, you have three options: 1. join 2. stay in or 3. leave for the entire day.
It is a pain in the ass! Not to mention, it smells. The entire city smells of beer, piss and sweat.
And I’m not Brazilian, which Carnaval blatantly points out. I can’t hang like Cariocas!
Blocos are full, sweaty, dirty, smelly, and (if you are with children) somewhat stressful. I have never figured out how Cariocas are not afraid of losing their children in the bloco crowds! It must have something to do with being raised going to them. That or there is some Carioca secret. Maybe they all have hidden GPS systems in their kids’ costumes.
I am going to try this year though. Mr Rant is out of town for Carnaval and the kiddos are heading out to the in-laws. I will be hitting up the blocos with friends this year! I keep telling myself that I won’t flake out and be boring. Fingers crossed people! To be honest, my fear should actually be that I will party too hard the first day and be out for the rest of them. I must remember that I am out of practice.
Have you been to Carnaval? Did you like it? If you haven’t been, do you want to go?