Welcome to the 15th edition of my series “A Party to Remember!”
In this interview-based web series, you’ll learn about the best parties and nightlife all over the world from other travelers and travel bloggers.
In this week’s episode, I am excited to have Jennifer share her experience at one of Brazil’s wildest festivals!
If you want to be the next person featured in this series, then please contact me with your party idea and I will send you the guidelines. My aim is to cover nightlife all over the globe, so please try to contribute a party that hasn’t already been covered.
Ok, now I’ll let Jennifer take over!
Jennifer Schlueter quit her job in April to travel the world full-time. Her journey, tips, food, and stories about expats and inspirational people are shared on her blog Discovering Legacies, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat (@discoveringleg).
She lives and breathes her motto “Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.” Her goal is to create a better mutual understanding among cultures and inspire others to travel and live the life of their dreams.
Question 1: What was the party/event and where was it?
Last year, I attended Carnival in the Afro-Brazilian capital of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. It’s five days long and attracts millions of people.
Question 2: How did you hear about this party/event? Did you stumble upon it, or plan to go?
I’ve always wanted to go to carnival in Rio de Janeiro because I had seen it on TV. I was fascinated by Samba, the music, crazy costumes, and beautiful people. Then, my friend, who had been to Salvador as an exchange student, recommended to go there. According to her, it was better than Rio; thus, we booked two days of carnival in Rio and the other three in Salvador.
Question 3: Did anything funny or ‘out of the ordinary’ happen that night? Please share the story.
Everything during carnival is out of the ordinary. The parties are not only at night, but last all day from about 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Random guys try to make out with you literally without even saying hello. Due to our obvious European looks, my friend and I often stuck out in the crowd and got smacked, sprayed on with “holy water” and otherwise “harassed.” If you join a bloco with an abada (a T-Shirt you buy with which you are allowed to walk inside ropes next to a music truck), you will find that they have guys carrying a porter potty during the whole parade. If you want to, you can pee while people are carrying you and others are knocking on the walls.
Question 4: What were the top 3 highlights from that night?
- As soon as the music on a truck starts, people fall into a trance and EVERYONE is super happy, dancing, and smiling, and you just can’t help it to be in the same state of mind as well.
- Seeing all the costumes and learning their meaning.
- Spending the money on an abada to experience what it’s like to walk inside the parade rather than just watching from the sidewalk.
Question 5: What advice can you give for anyone else that wants to attend this event and party like you did?
- Book in advance. By that I mean at least 6 months in advance because accommodations and flights fill up super quickly.
- Research bands and their music and THEN buy an abada. Buy it from a hotel employee you can trust – there are too many scammers out there unfortunately.
- Experience both carnival in Rio and Salvador.
Question 6: Which city do you think has the best nightlife?
For me, it’d be Atlanta because the dancefloors pack super early and people actually dance until they get kicked out. After that, it’s Lapa in Rio de Janeiro – the whole area parties inside and outside of establishments – it’s hot & humid, guys walk around topless, the music just makes you want to dance, and all kinds of cultures come together.
Thanks for sharing, Jennifer! Have YOU ever been to Carnival?read more