Saturday, November 05, 2011

Guy Fawkes Day and Bonfire Night

Last year I had been under the impression that Guy Fawkes Day was seen as a national day similar to Independence or Bastille Day. Apparently that is not the case which makes more sense since the musical theme this year was all scary songs. (Last year was all superhero theme songs.) This is defiantly the first time I have seen fireworks choreographed to "Devil went down to Georgia" and "Thriller".
The big part that I found surprising is how polite the culture is here. The student village was partially subsidizing the cost of people attending. Normally everyone gives me their money, I buy the tickets, then pass them out. This was a little different because everyone just gets in huge lines and pays at the turnstile. There was no way to buy the tickets in advance so when I got to the front I explained it the whole predicament to the guy collecting money. Without even skipping a beat he let me collect money as he handed people tickets to 43 people. After everyone was through I added needed extra money and even got a written receipt. All without complaining or saying it couldn't be done.

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