Carnevale di Bambini a Bologna

If you’re an adult and love celebrating Carnival with big parties and colorful street celebrations full of elaborately masked adults, steer clear of Bologna and head North-East to Venice. And if you’re lucky enough to still be under 10 years of age, the Sunday before Fat Tuesday is commemorated in Bologna with Carnevale di Bambini, or Kid’s Carnival, in the Piazza Maggiore, and it’s sure to put a smile on your face.

There’s nothing better, in my opinion, than watching costumed kids running around throwing colorful confetti on one another. Maybe I’m just a big kid myself, but I wish I could throw confetti around every day and add a bit more color to world. [This will be my future campaign.] Today, though, I got as far as buying a bag for myself, but for some reason I didn’t have the gusto to join in the festivities (next time I need to rent a kid for the day; it might make it easier).

I think these pictures really speak for themselves. I hope they inspire you as they’ve inspired me. We all need to add more color and fun in our lives, n’est-ce pas?

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Bubbles in Bologna

There’s a very good chance that I was more mesmerized by these gargantuan bubbles than the crowd of excited Italian bambini pressed up against me one bustling Sunday in Bologna. These are the kind of bubbles that float in the dreams of clowns-in-training and overly ambition kids that one day end up at MIT. Remarkably, these bubbles are even capable of distracting me from creamy Italian gelato, if only for a good five minutes.

I was curious what ingredients went into such heavy-duty bubbles, and after a bit of online research, I stumbled upon the website of a man named Sam L Richards who shares his obsession for ‘Big Bubbles’ and even offers up a hefty, street-performer-ready recipe. One of these days, I’ll test this recipe and fill you in on the results, but in the meantime, I encourage you to find an empty street corner, set out your tip bucket and start inspiring those around you with your soaring orbs of brilliance and color.

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