CARNIVAL STORIES

BY MAYWA – PHOTOS BY Juan Pablo Verdesoto

Carnival is coming, time to play and flirt.

WATER

The first encounter is at any quitenian neighborhood. The game is from balcony to balcony, from house to house, throwing colorful water balloons and water into the bucket.  Who takes away one bucket from the opponent wins the victory to his neighborhood. 

CONQUEST OF THE QUITEÑA BONITA

Strategy #1

The Shell: Round wrap made of wax, filled with Eau de cologne, is unfailing weapon in the courtship.  You have to find the pretty lady and throw her very carefully the sell to conquest her heart.

Strategy # 2

At the Loma Grande neighborhood, you have to buy water balloons, complete them until fill the bucket, then find a good friend to give her this bucket with the following message:

“Efrain says the he will be waiting for you at the corner in order to play”.

The game starts, the party and the flirtation. They play until 17:00, then they drink a hot cinnamon tea with some liquor, between laughter, anecdotes, songs and dances, one more time they are dry again.

Carnival is that: water everywhere, carnival foam, confetti, colorful powder, parades, customs, choreographies, dances, trips, family and friends…a great party to enjoy!

HISTORIAS DE CARNAVAL

Se viene el Carnaval y con él, el juego y el coqueteo.

AGUA

El encuentro inicial es en algún barrio quiteño, de balcón a balcón, de casa a casa, lanzando bombas y baldes de agua. El que logra quitar el balde al contrincante da el triunfo a su barrio.

CONQUISTA A LA QUITEÑA BONITA

Estrategia 1

El cascarón: Envoltura redonda hecha con cera rellena de agua de colonia, arma infaltable en el cortejo. Hay que encontrar a la quiteña bonita para lanzarle educadamente un cascarón y conquistar su corazón.

Estrategia 2

Ir a la Loma Grande, comprar las bombas, inflarlas una a una con agua, llenar una tina completa, encontrar algún amigo que le lleve esta tina a la quiteña bonita con un mensaje que diga:

“Manda a decir Efraín que le espera en la esquina para jugar”.

Empieza el juego, la fiesta y el coqueteo. Se mojan hasta las 17:00, luego se toma la canelita caliente y entre risas, anécdotas, cantos y baile una vez más todos secos están. Así es carnaval: Agua por todo lado, espuma de carnaval, picadillo, polvos de colores, desfiles alegóricos, disfraces, coreografías, bailes, viajes, familia y amigos. ¡Toda una fiesta para disfrutar! 

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