Moving to Holland is not easy, but it's worth the effort. This blog tells the story of shifting from American life in Pittsburgh to Expat life in the Netherlands,
and all of our European adventures that follow.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Carnival, Breda - February 21, 2009

In the south of the Netherlands (where there used to be predominately Catholics), they celebrate Carnival the weekend before Lent starts. It's a similar celebration to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. They have parties all weekend, and on Monday or Tuesday cities will have a parade with big floats. One of my co-workers, Tyer, lives in Breda, which is a city about 45 minutes south of Rotterdam. A group of us, including Anna, Simo, & Marianna, met up at Tyler's house to get dressed up in our costumes. Unfortunatley, Chad was sick, and not feeling well, so he couldn't come.

We made our way to downtown Breda, and it was a mad house. It was really crowded outside and inside. It took a while to get everyone a drink, because the lines were very long. The lines were also long to get into the bars, because they were all completely full. There was a stage in the market plaza with bands playing all sorts of horrible Dutch music. Haha. It was funny to see all of the costumes. It is basically like their Halloween. I'm not sure what the reasoning is behind wearing a costume for Carnival, but people got pretty creative with them. Eventually Anna and I met up with Rene and his friends, and we found a Pub where we could chill. All in all it was a fun night, but I don't know if I'd go again, at least to the same spot, because the crowd got sort of annoying towards the end. We'll see what happens next year. ;)


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