Basel: Carnival

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Basel is known for hosting one of the largest Carnival celebrations outside of Italy. Although we arrived in Basel several weeks after the festivities, the festive spirit remained in the air. Masks were visible in many shop windows, and even hung in private homes. Streamers decorated many shop windows and confetti filled the cracks in the cobblestones. Despite their festive nature, seeing these masks sent a sinister sensation tingling down my spine. I don’t like the feeling of being watched by inanimate objects, that my movements are tracked by faces with neither bodies nor eyes… although perhaps it’s this creepy edge that forms part of the fun.

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