Ok, so for those of you that thought I would post before today....sorry :)
I was busy with many visitors in my house, landmarks to see, blocos, Sambodromo, dancing with a Samba school....
and today I was a good girl, went to church, got my ashes and gave up chocolate for Lent! I am a little worried about giving up chocolate, but that is what "giving up" something is for, sacrificing.
Speaking of sacrificing....
the people that put their school's theme on for
Carnaval in the Sambodromo are unbelievable. They sacrifice so many hours and labor away all for the results that were just read.
It was quite exciting to sit here and watch as they read the four judges in 10 categories (by the way, they are all different judges, too!). Our school, Portela, almost came in second place, which would be huge because they almost passed the winner of the last 5 out of 6 Carnaval's, Beija Flor. The last judge was quite harsh on our school and so therefore, Beija Flor came in second (which is a shock amongst the people here) and Portela came in third.
The winner of the 2009 Carnaval is Salguiero.
They performed on the night that we
we went, Monday, and they were beautiful.
I will start by honoring
them with the fotos that my Tia (Aunt in Spanish) took
because in the middle of Salgueiro is when we went to get dressed for our school. So, gracias Tia! Congratulations to Salgueiro and of course, there are many more posts to follow on all of Carnaval!