When I came to Madeira the completely different natural beauty here overwhelmed me a bit, but the island never gave me a huge culture shock. Of course many things are different than in the Netherlands (like time management, yoghurt consumption and annual rainfall) and I definitely needed some time to settle in, but only this weekend when the Carnival started did I really feel like I was in a completely different world.
The crazy transvestite night, spectacular dancing yesterday and unique celebratory atmosphere in the city were something completely new for me. Because I had never celebrated Carnival before but to be honest, even if I had, it probably would not have compared to this!
I had a really good time with the people around me and I can only say that it’s absolutely wonderful to be a part of these festivities and to experience the atmosphere on Madeira during these days.