Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky? I was blessed this year to meet an amazing Italian girl, Alice, in Barcelona. I met her in October, while she was living in Barcelona doing her practia but sadly in December she went back to Venice to finish studying. When we met we clicked right away and she quickly became one of my closest friends. Lucky for me, she invited me and some other fellow Americans to Venice for Carnaval--let me tell you, it was one of the best experiences. First of all, being able to go to Venice alone in itself is incredible, the small city set on canals makes you feel like you are in a romantic dream, then throw in the Italians who show you around and cook for you, and add Carnaval to the mix, the traditional masked event that lights up the city...and Venice quickly becomes one of my favorite destinations.
Alice was such a good host--as well as her roommates--she showed us such a great time and made Venice have an even bigger place in my heart. This was my third year celebrating Carnaval but my first time outside of Spain. I really liked Carnaval in Venice, it was traditional, women wore the long elegant dresses and many wore the carefully crafted masks (I even bought one!). In Spain people just dress up as whatever they feel like. I loved walking around day and night and seeing everyone's mask and elegant attire, it made it feel ancient and different from the typical Halloween dress-up (don't get me wrong we definitely did dress up without masks too (WALDOS)! I am so happy I went and met such an incredible Italian friend I know I will always have :) Ti voglio bene Alice!!