Carnaval de Barranquilla, the second largest Carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro, is a force to be reckoned with. Barranquilla’s Carnival is also Colombia’s most important folkloric celebration. The carnival has traditions that date back to the 19th century. During the carnival, Barranquilla‘s normal activities are paralyzed because the city gets busy with street dances, music, and masquerade parades. Since I’m living in Colombia this year during the long weekend festivities, I am going to venture into the celebration! Here is my ultimate style guide to Carnival:
Month 2 of Remote Year has me living and working in Colombia’s sprawling capital, Bogotá. The city itself is surrounded by Andean peaks and filled with urban sophistication and colonial wonder. It is the third-highest capital in South America at about 8,660 ft above sea level. Because of the altitude, the first few days here had me gasping for air even simply walking up the stairs or to the office. I have been trying to drink 2 liters of water to keep me from getting altitude sickness because several others from our cohort are feeling a bit off. Aside from living in the clouds, I’m grateful to be experiencing Colombia’s rich history, legends, and colorful cultures this month.