Ragoutsaria Carnival in Kastoria

A friend of mine asked me to join him to AEGEE event "Ragkoutsaria: The crossroad of Greek and Balkan culture" whick took place in a town in northern Greece. I had no idea what is AEGEE, Kastoria nor Ragkoutsaria but it didn't really matter so I decided to join him.

On Sunday the 5th of January we tried to get to Kastoria (On that day I learned that's the name of the town where we're going) by hitchhiking. I didn't really work out since the only one who stopped for us was a police man saying you shouldn't stand here next to the highway... After these well spent five hours we took a bus to Kastoria which was ridiculously expensive, 78e for return ticket.

We arrived to Kastoria on Sunday late evening and started to get to know people there. Slowly I started to learn what is AEGEE as well (non-profit student organisation for international young Europeans where students are organising events for other students and meeting together  somewhere.) We staid at some kind of scout shelter which was just a perfect place for this kind of thing.

We staid in Kastoria for four nights and during that time I learned more about Kastoria, Ragoutsaria (a carnival which takes place in Kastoria), the history of Greece and I met a bunch of great people. We did some sightseeing, attended the carnival and went for horse riding. I got a cold and didn't sleep enough but it was worth of it.

Ragoutsaria Carnival in Kastoria

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Eetu Ahanen

Freelancer Photograher and Digital Creative living between Helsinki and Paris. Into urban culture, communality, travelling and summer cottages.

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