we purchased our costumes today. im wearing some black outfit with this lovely black and gold feathered hat?! and i have a sword!? i dont know pictures will be posted immediately following carnaval. a week off school to drink and dance in the streets...for 5 days!!! this will be nuts and quite an experience. scared is an understatement to explain me and my fellow americans. i think we might head to cologne, germany for the second half of festival as well... this is going to be crazy!