Saturday, February 14th 2015
Sunday, February 15th 2015
After the parade we roamed the streets. It was amazing how these groups prepared for Carnival. Each of the floats were parked outside of a bar or cafe and clearly ready to party, they were well stocked. You would run into bands and groups who were partying everywhere. Bands walked down the street while playing music and some samba groups performed just outside of a bar. We were fortunate enough to run into a samba group grooving on the street. They were a lot of fun to listen to and clearly have a great time.
I got the grand tour of Maastrict while fighting the crowds. At the end of the night we made it back to Juliana and David’s house to eat a traditional Dutch meal. This involved heating Raclette on pans underneath while cooking meat and vegetables on top. You then scraped the Raclette onto your plate and ate it with the meat, vegetables and bread. It was superfun! I even tried a sour beer and really enjoyed it. I had a great day and a half with David and Juliana and am so thankful for their hospitality and friendship.
Monday, February 16th 2015
We then went to Paus, which is the bar in the dorm that Joachim lives in. We met Joachim and Thibau (also Belgian students who studied at Olin last semester) at Paus for an evening out. It was completely empty when we got there and incredibly crowded by the time we left. I tried the other common regular beer Jupiler. Also, they were making what they called strawberry DNA by making a mixed shot of strawberry puree and alcohol and then lighting it. It was pretty cool! Overall a very fun night out.
Tuesday, February 17th 2015
Wednesday, February 18th 2015
Also, per my mother's request, a picture of my main mode of transportation: