In my last blog text I talk about cultural differences and how my internship started here in Seville. In this blog text I tell you about my trip to Carnival of Cádiz what is one of the best-known carnivals in Spain and about my trip to Madrid to see El Clásico football match.
Carnival of Cádiz
Cádiz is small city in southwestern Spain. It is actually one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in all southwestern Europe. I decided to go visit in this famous carnival, because I heard a lot about it and it is something we don’t have at Finland. The carnival last more than two weeks in each year and during that there is a lot of visitors from all around Spain, so whole city is having fiesta in this time.
When I arrived to Cádiz I noticed big welcome sign at gates of city and a lot of people. There was actually so much people that it was hard to even turn around in mass of people. There was a lot of different kind of costumes. It tells something how popular this event is, when I had to wait over 30 minutes in line at costume shop to get my costume in Seville. My choose of costume was a Arabic Sheik costume.
I don’t know was this costume success or not, because nobody get the idea of my costume. Instead that people called me Druid, Monk, Priest and even Jesus (maybe because my hair). The Carnival itself was a great experience; something different I’m used to. I really enjoyed it.
Carnival of Cadiz
Trip to Madrid
Weekend was coming and I didn’t had any plans. I noticed that there was Real Madrid against Barcelona football match in Madrid at weekend. I’m not biggest football fan since in Finland ice hockey is the thing, but chance to see maybe two best teams in whole world playing against; I knew I could not miss it. I was lucky enough to get tickets so I started to find way to get in Madrid. Seville is very south part of Spain when Madrid is middle, so the distance is about 600km. Trains are very expensive in Spain so I decided to go with bus because it was only 40€.
I was already making my booking for hostel when my Greek friend send message in Facebook and offered place to sleep. I met this guy during my DIMA intensive course in Poland, so it was also nice to meet old friends.
Trip to Madrid last 6 hours and after that my friend kept short city tour. We visited many amazing bar/restaurants in Madrid and prices were low. My friend lived at Getafe what is about 20km from Madrid, but in Madrid they have maybe best public transportation network so it was not problem to get there even at night.
Saturday I finally went to watch football and I can say it was an amazing experience. There was about 80 000 people in stadium and noise was insane. Real Madrid fans were singing mockery songs about Lionel Messi and they went crazy when their Cristiano Ronaldo came to play at second half of game. Real Madrid won match 2-1 with last minute goal. Even I’m more Barcelona fan; I still enjoyed match and atmosphere at stadium.
City center of Madrid
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Real Madrid - Barcelona
In my next blog post I will tell about my trip to beautiful Granada.