Its a once in a life time experience. Unless you have a lot of money. The bull running is pretty mundane, but the week long piss-up is legendary. 5 years ago
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I am NOT giving up on this! I will do this by age 30!! I met a friend who has been there (didn’t participate) and informed me that women are forbidden to run so to run, women have to bribe the guards and tie their hair back! crazy but so worth it!! 5 years ago
any time soon. The euro is going up and the $$ is going down 6 years ago
A co-worker and I went in 2003. What a blast! Bring a white shirt, buy your sash there, and you’re ready to go. Don’t run as soon as you hear the first firework signifying the start or you’ll end up in the bullring (finish) before all the bulls even get out of the corrals—ask my co-worker! Oh, and try not get trampled by all the people. 6 years ago
wow.. extreme rush before, during and after its over.. plus pamplona is in 24 hr party mode the week of San Fermin!! its one thing you have to do in your lifetime!! 6 years ago
The running of the bulls in only a small part of the fiesta, but an important one, something I have been doing for a number of years. Running in the encierro isn’t for everyone. For the locals it’s part of their culture and tradition. For many of the foreigners who return every year, it is part of the spirit that fills their lives and the camaraderie they feel with the people of Pamplona.
The encierro is inherently dangerous and a number of runners have been seriously injured over the years, and 15 have died, but thousands have participated in the event and came away without a scratch, although some were extremely lucky when you review the TVE1 footage.
The encierro has its dissenters, but the vast majority in this group knows nothing at all about the running or the care the animals, worth $15,000 to $20,000 each, receive. If it were not for bullfights in Spain, Portugal, France and even the USA, this unique breed of Bovine would soon disappear for they have no place on a farm and are naturally too lean and too mean to use as food stock. In the beginning farmers and ranchers kept them around as breeding stock, as they still do today, but they are naturally aggressive and extremely dangerous for anyone to be around unless you’re on horseback and the horse responds quickly to the threat.
For more than three hundred years these majestic animals would be driven into the villages throughout Spain, Portugal and southern France at the end of the season to be butchered, the meat given to the poor. From this developed the encierro, the running of the bulls and the modern day bullfight. The bullring in Pamplona is unique in that it is operated by a charity, Meca, which supports the elderly pensioners and the poor. All of the profits from the yearly Feria del Toro, the encierro and the bullfights, go to toward supporting the elderly residents of the city. 7 years ago