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(Events from 8/12/2013, written 8/15/2013.) The group woke up at scattered times. Everyone is tired. A day with few inclines and declines is greatly needed. The guide that we received at the pilgrim's office in St. Jean on the first day tells us that it will not be that easy. One steep incline of about 400 meters in elevation for about 9 kilometers and then finishing the last 11 kilometers descending approximately the same steep elevation change. Although ...
... run happening just outside. Once the first gun went off, some people legged it and as a result, were in the stadium before the bulls were even released (which led to then being belted by drinks from the crowd). The second and third guns went off (to let everyone know the first and last bulls from the first group were loose). The cheer they got when entering the stadium was near deafening. Most people then made it into the stadium around the time the fourth and fifth guns went off ...
... adjust: auto; ">Whilst it is not late yet, the last bus into town only allows us about an hour in order to catch the last bus home, so.........Nah......I think we'll leave it till tomorrow.
... so we were lucky to see them one last time.
In the afternoon, we headed off to Pamplona for the San Fermin festival. This festival is a week long, where every morning at 8am the running of the bulls take place. The actual run is only four minutes long and we had heard it was a party town. After our five hour drive we arrived at around 9 o'clock and lo and behold...EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE was wearing white shirts, ...
... it from the stands was terrifying. After the run, we chatted to various people who ran. On TV it seemed ok, but still scary so I was still pretty keen to do it. After speaking to people I had second thoughts, guys were like 'it was horrible’, ‘the scariest thing ever’, ‘people were falling all over the place getting trampled’. One guy said he was running and a lone bull came out of now where, caught the Japanese guy next to him and ...
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Great little hotel, staff very friendly and helpful. Right at the edge of the old town, great location.
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