|A practice run for San Fermin. |
I can't figure out what this bull is chasing!!!
|My homestead in Ciriza, Spain.|
|In Ciriza rainbows appeared almost daily|
in the valley. My favorite home in my
|One of the greatest parties in the world,|
San Fermin, "The Running of the Bulls."
Naturally, we stayed out drinking and eating till all hours of the night and got back home around 3 AM, the run started at 8 AM. We awoke around 6:30 still extremely hung over and my guests were still feeling the power of some of the local liquors (the Spanish prefer liquor and local wines to beer for the most part). We got to the city around 7 AM and my wife and I left to get to our seats while my 7 undeterred guests entered the beginning of the course.
|Large animals running the streets during the festival.|
Danger Will Robison!!!!
|The streets are narrow and the bulls are miffed. A formula for|
disaster. 15 people have been killed during the running
About an hour later, we meet up with them at our prearranged rendezvous. They were dirty, still hung over, and in shock by what they had accomplished. It was 10 Am and we headed for our favorite haunt for a celebratory drink and story time!!!!
|One of my favorite pubs during my stay in Pamplona. |
Like Paris and its bridges, you must find your own.
I personally never ran with bull during my 3 years of the festival, but memories of my friends confronting their possible death will always be ingrained in my blissful memories of Pamplona and San Fermin.
On a lighter note, the bulls end up on dinner plates in the best restaurants around the city. I always ordered Rabo, braised bulls tail, my favorite dish that I make to this day during the festival. The picture that I thought I had missed during my friends' running was on the front page of the Pamplona newspaper along with the list of injuries that occurred during the days run.
|Rabo, braised bulls tail, was my favorite dish during the festival.|
They were fighting during the day and dinner at night.
Try it!!! RECIPE LINK!!!
For more information regarding Pamplona and San Fermin click on the following hyperlink to the Pamplona Tourist Board.