Tiny Travel Chick’s Carnaval AirBnB


In May of 2017 I enjoyed a wonderful excursion which I call “Tiny Travel Chick’s Carnaval AirBnB.” I stayed in a San Francisco, California AirBnB to attend the annual Carnaval parade held in the Mission District.   tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 la catrina mural Walking down the streets and alleyways you can discover the mural artwork created by local artists. The Mission District represents the vibrant Latino community within San Francisco. tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 poster tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 san francisco

Tiny Travel Chick’s Carnaval AirBnb: Dancing in the Streets

The big reason for Tiny Travel Chick’s Carnaval AirBnB excursion: I did the unexpected and signed up to dance in the parade this year! I decided to represent my Chilean background and display my inner latina….. tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb inner latina   The Catholic tradition of Carnaval originated in Italy as a celebration of the weeks leading up to the first day of Lent. Participants dressed up in costumes and basically indulged in all things that they eventually gave up for Lent. The root of the word carnevale means to”put away the meat.” As the tradition spread throughout other European countries, each region celebrated Carnaval in their own unique way. As Portugal colonized the Americas, each Latin country adopted the traditions of Carnaval and weaved them together with native cultural traditions. As the different cultures of Africans, indigenous people of the Americas, and Portuguese converged, a beautiful array of celebrations emerged in each country. Almost every country in the world celebrates Carnaval, including the the most famous one most of us are most familiar with. Mardi Gras emerged from the French and African-American cultures coming together to celebrate in the streets of New Orleans. I joined a great group of people representing a Bay Area company called WorkOut Temps. tiny travel chick carnaval airbnb work out temps on tv We practiced for weeks perfecting our choreographed routines, and then hit the parade route for the traditional Carnaval Grand Parade held on Sunday down Mission Street. Tiny Travel Chick’s Carnaval AirBnB even got a little TV exposure!

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Yes, I was on TV!

What possessed me to think that I: number one, could stay coordinated and follow a dance routine; number two, perform over a mile long parade route? It’s beyond me, but I’m proud that I did something totally new and exciting! tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 parade route

Tiny Travel Chick’s Carnaval AirBnB: So many Beautiful Cultures!

Carnaval represented so many beautiful countries and cultures that day, including the Mexican tradition of El Diablo. tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 los diablos tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 costumes These girls dressed in the traditional textiles of Guatemala added two heaps of adorable to Tiny Travel Chick’s Carnaval AirBnB trip… tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 girls guatemala This interesting character dubbed himself the Grand Marshal of the Parade. tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 costume guy His grand Cadillac was covered in murals of San Francisco. tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 funky car sf Even Asia was represented in the parade..tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 lady wing costume tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 dragon Bolivia showcased their traditional outfits and dances. tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 bolivia   tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 mission district tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 male dancers     https://youtu.be/ruONlFyd3jw     If you enjoyed the pictures and video, check out this years 40th Anniversary Carnaval Celebration May 26th-May 27th 2018!

Tiny Travel Chick’s Carnaval AirBnb: Ocean Beach

I found Blake & Sara’s Ocean Beach Pad, a remodeled apartment under their upstairs unit for my Carnaval 2017 stay.   tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb san francisco house They left the key in the lock box and we let ourselves in. tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb san francisco outside Beautiful interior, with full kitchen and bathroom. A very comfortable living area, a queen sized bedroom. tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb san francisco interior tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb san francisco bed We had access to a tranquil backyard patio.   tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb san francisco patio We never ran into the hosts and it was a very quiet stay in a downstairs unit. The apartment is within walking distance of Ocean Beach and located in The Sunset Neighborhood, near Golden Gate Park. tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 ocean beach sf tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 seal rock sf I mainly came to San Francisco to participate in the Carnaval. However, there are many attractions in the nearby neighboorhood: Cliff House Restaurant Golden Gate Park Academy of Sciences De Young Museum Japanese Tea Garden Conservatory of Flowers tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 cliff house The Outer Sunset Neighborhood offers local restaurants, shops and art venues. Taking a stroll down its streets reveals succulents of all varieties and colors. tiny travel chick's carnaval airbnb 2017 sunset walk Try out the AirBnB experience. Most of the time you never meet the host, but sometimes you do and you are pleasantly surprised that people simply want to make you feel at home in the cities they call home.

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