AC Hotel Ciudad de Pamplona by Marriott
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Last night, I slept soundly. It could have been because I was exhausted. Or perhaps because my three roomates barely made a sound (in fact I was wondering if I should check to see if they were still breathing). Or, most likely, it was the red wine I shared with the Irishmen in the hostel kitchen. They entertained me with their stories. We discussed everything from the carbon tax on biofuels (is ...
... the boys. It all played out pretty much the same as the previous day. This time a lot more locals were running, not as many tourists but still a good couple of thousand! It's a privlidgeto have your bull chosen to run in the final race. These bulls are the most fearsome, angry bulls! This time it wasn't such a smooth run. There were a few goring's. One of which was really rather gruesome...it was an Aussie who got hit when a separated bull tuned back and just went for him. Anyone ...
... mistake is going to the run tired and hungover. We all said we'd head back by midnight. That was a lie.
Again, I don't know how any of this happened, but before I knew it we were finishing liters of sangria again. When 11 PM got close, we remembered the fireworks! But this time, we were determined to catch the whole show. So again, we ran.
We got to the same spot as the night before and caught the beginning, drunk and happy. Again I was taken back ...
... everyone who had completed the run and had made it safely into the the arena cheered and hugged. A few moments went by and the real fun began. They release a steer (a smaller castrated bull) into the ring with all the people. The horns on these guys are massive. They have the tips of them rounded though, with a squash ball sized rubber cap fixed on the end of each one. It's not going to save your life but it should stop the horn from piercing your skin. This happens a total of 6 ...
... is also a man who has his backpack but is also pulling/pushing a trolley with more goods on it. Very tricky when the pathway becomes very narrow, which it does in parts. Pilgrims come in all presentations but the commonality of course is the walk in the ancient footsteps of pilgrims who have made this walk to Santiago for over 1,000 years. The bad news for me for today is that my crucifix has come off the chain ...