AC Hotel Ciudad de Pamplona by Marriott
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... phone call to your room you are left behind, he's already done it once to one guy who wasn't ready for one of our excursions. Message to self, do not be late.
We made our lunch stop at Biarritz on the French South coast in the Bay of Biscay. Biarritz is your typical seaside town but so European with its cobblestoned streets, wide promenades and seaside cafés. It was also very hilly if I don't come back with toned ...
So a few days before when we realised that Running of the Bulls was on we sent an email to an British travel company owned by an Aussie called Bomber (lives in Port Melbourne and follows Essendon) that offered a tent to camp in and a guided tour of Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls Festival locally called San Fermin. This festival has such as rich and dynamic history dating back to the 14 century when they would run next to the bulls to speed them up to market. Over the years ...
Today started off with a bit of a giggle for me. There was a Korean family doing the camino and there were some giggles last night and one of them plucked up the courage to say that i looked like Hugh Jackman. This morning, it was photo time with the whole family. Must be an Aussie thing - we all look the same. There is a running of the bulls each morning at 8am during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona and this morning, as i was taking things easy with ...
... afternoon having a few drinks before heading into the old town to check things out.
The following day was the opening ceremony which was just an amazing experience, we packed into the town square and along with thousands of others, all dressed in the white and red, went a little bit silly. In the space of ten minutes we were all purple covered in Sangria and god knows what else, as it seemed a custom to waste more than you drank. We met up with all the boys ...
... hole?". Seconds later the crack of the 1st rocket rang clear. The 1st pack of bulls were out. The crowd froze for a moment before turning hysterical. Within seconds our spacious doorway was packed with frantic runners, to the point the outer group had no protection from the arch at all. I yelled from the back "Don't puss out, as soon as the first pack goes past we all have to start running". After all, there was no point in running if you let all the bulls pass you by. Also if you ...