European Vacation Hidden Meanings

By John Farnam

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Ft Collins, CO -( In their vanity, men focus on what they wish to hear and miss the hidden meaning, the lurking threat. ~ David Hewson1

International travel:

On 31 May 16 2016, our Department of State updated its Travel Alert for Europe.2

It warns US citizens traveling to, and within, Europe of the high potential of terrorist attacks. Of course, they don t actually say Islamic terrorist attacks, but we all know that is what they mean! Major events, tourist sites, tourist hotels, restaurants frequented by tourists, commercial centers, and mass transportation hubs are all mentioned at danger points. Specifically enumerated are:

  • European Soccer Championship in France
  • Tour de France
  • Catholic Church s World Youth Day in Poland

Naturally, the State Dept does not warn against travel to these areas, but instead encourages US citizens to exercise vigilance, It also advises that travelers can expect additional security screening and occasional disruptions to travel.


Let s translate the foregoing into plain English:

Islamics are aggressively taking over all of Europe, and they re doing it via well-planned and executed terrorist attacks on non-Moslems, particularly American tourists. They know much of Europe depends heavily on tourism, and scaring tourists away, particularly Americans, is a good way to impoverish, and thus weaken, the entire continent. Europeans also know it, all too well! But, their cynical, elected leftist leaders are far more interested to garnering Islamic votes than they have ever been in protecting their own citizens (much like the BHO Administration).

Reading our State Dept s warning between the lines, it is obvious what they re really trying to say: International travel, particularly to Europe, is extremely dangerous right now, and thus not recommended.

Stay out of there!


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions. It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor.

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Carnaval | A Rabbit in Argentina

Carnaval | A Rabbit In Argentina

We finally made it to Carnaval! Somehow, we had missed going to this South American rite of passage our first year here, and budget cuts in town meant last year s Carnaval was cancelled. However, they were back in action this year so we figured we d brave the incredibly hot and muggy weather and see what makes this so special. We just went to Ituzaingo s small-town Carnaval but it was still pretty impressive. I think some day we d like to see a big-city Carnaval, but we just didn t have the energy or time to devote to getting to any of the cities nearby. But being able to walk four blocks from the house and see a whole Carnaval parade is pretty special unto itself!

Carnaval in Argentina was officially two days (February 8th and 9th), but in addition to these federal holidays, Ituzaingo added three more weekends in January to the mix to maximize their tourists. The town could very obviously use the tourism major flooding over the Christmas Discount Holidays © holiday wiped out almost all of the town s beaches, so the tourists aren t coming in droves from Brazil as in years past.

Carnaval | A Rabbit In Argentina

From a logistics standpoint, Carnaval shuts down about a mile stretch of the main road into town. The elaborate floats end up being parked in an open-air garage that s only about two blocks from our house so we had the interesting opportunity to check out the floats in daylight before we saw them in action at Carnaval. Carnaval starts LATE. The first round doesn t start until about 11pm. We chose to do general entry, which was 30 pesos (or somewhere around $2USD) and allowed us standing room only.

We figured this would give us the best option to walk from one end to the other and get the best vantage points for photos. They had the option of sitting on the bleachers (60 pesos) or in the fancy seats otherwise known as lawn chairs on the dais (100 pesos). One of the best-sellers of Carnaval was cans of spray foam a cross between silly string and shaving cream. They were about 20 pesos each, and herds of kids spent the time in between groups dousing each other in foam. This must be a yearly tradition, since the moms we stood next to came prepared with hand towels to wipe away any that ended up in eyes and noses. If you go to Argentinian Carnaval, be sure to wear something that is okay to be covered in foam! (I hear the Paraguayan Carnaval version is about the same.)

Carnaval | A Rabbit In Argentina

We knew that Carnaval would be full of barely-clothed women decked out in sequins, but I didn t anticipate how inclusive it would be. People of every age, from toddlers to older folks, participated in the parade.

It really was a community effort. As estadounidenses, we were a little uncomfortable with the preteen girls in g-strings but it wasn t particularly surprising, considering that s pretty much what the bathing suits are down here as well. The costumes were incredibly ornate, and everyone was sprayed with copious amounts of glitter spray. Considering how difficult it can be to get so many basic craft goods in rural Argentina, I can t imagine how much effort had to be put not just into making the costumes, but just in getting the raw materials!

Carnaval | A Rabbit In Argentina

Each group started with a fanfare and flag bearers to clear the way. That s followed by various groups, each with their own costuming theme. It seemed like some of the songs had a specific dance the whole troupe would do and others allowed each group to create their own choreography. The costumes would get wilder the closer to the end, and was often closed out with an elaborate float carrying that company s Carnaval Queen(s), followed by the Argentinian version of a marching band.

Carnaval | A Rabbit In Argentina

We ultimately only stayed until 2am (about three crews ) but we were told the party went on until after 7am. After further consultation with our Argentinian friends, it seems like the traditional schedule is to go out to eat at 9 or 10pm, drink a little bit at the bar, and then go to Carnaval for a bit, and finish the night (morning?) by dancing at the club. Overall, I m glad we got to experience Carnaval! The best way I ve found to describe how the various groups work is that it s very much like the Mummers in Philadelphia. The groups are familial or neighborhood based, and they spend a whole year coming up with a theme, costuming, choreography, and music.

Each crew has their own distinct flavor, but they are all impressive in their own right.

It was a great night to see the whole community to come together and dance, sing, and (of course) spray foam.

Carnaval | A Rabbit In Argentina

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