Saturday, July 7, 2007

No Bull!

So we got up at 4:30 am in order to get a good spot to watch the bull run, known as the encierro. When we first got to the downtown area, it looked like a waste dump – the aftermath of all-day and all-night partying. The workers began setting up fences and we squeezed ourselves into a plum spot. The route from the bull pen to the bullfighting ring is a short one, and the most popular spot to watch the spectacle is at “the turn,” which is a sharp turn where the bulls and runners alike often slip. We situated ourselves at the perfect place where you can see the bull coming down and then make the turn. A number of us stood there since shortly after 5 am and had to endure massive crowds pushing and shoving us, drunken guys falling on us and trying to steal our spot, as well as street cleaners spraying gallons of water at us with something very similar to a firehose (we were drenched from the waist down). We thought, okay, the bull run better be worth it. However, with 30 minutes to go (the bulls start running at 8 am), the police told us that we were not allowed to stand in the area that we were in, even though the guys next to us had asked the policemen when we first got there whether we could stand there and they said yes. They made all of us move to a different area, and of course by now, any visible spot has been taken. We valiantly tried to see if we could still catch a glimpse of the action, but there was no way with the crowds of people packed on the fences and all around. We didn’t even know when the bulls ran by us. Sadly, all our efforts were for nothing and my mom and my sister are genuinely mad at me now. So unfortunately, I didn’t any shots of the bulls running – you’ll find much better pics on the internet or watch live telecast on Here is a picture of the people on the balconies with the great views and away from the crowds… how I wish I was up there with them this morning!


Chi-Mei said...

So sorry to hear about this! It was an incredible experience nevertheless...

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, what a super disappointment for you!! I was so excited to see your posts and hopefully photos about the experience, but alas, all your good work and planning for naught. Oh well, sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed the partying the night before and got caught up in the infectous atmosphere. What a great opportunity.

I don't know what you trip plans are while you are in Spain, but there is one food item that I absolutely adore and it's a must have for me on my visits there. It's roast suckling pig. Unfortunately, I don't have alot of details - it's a small town outside of Madrid, and they are known for this dish. It's the richest, most delicious pork I have ever had in my life. The crispy skin outside, the juicy meat inside. I really with I could give you more details, but I'm hoping with your extensive knowledge and network, you can find it!
Keep having fun!!

Anonymous said...

I have to complain about this! I was there and I was feeling horrible! Not only did I have extreme stomach issues and my heel was bleeding, but I still went. AGAIN, I went to the Olympic Torch watch with you and NOTHING... BOOOO!

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