Zaragoza - Pamplona

Trip Start Jun 02, 2007
Trip End Sep 14, 2007

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

So finally got to Pamps without any vans breaking down. The camping ground is full of tour groups and pissed antipodeans and stayed that way for a whole week some guys I never saw sober, it was basically carnage.  So many kiwis and aussies it was unbelievable!!

Got to catch up with heaps of guys hadn't seen in ages....Hillsey, Spider, Piezy, Simon Wallace, Jody Irving, Querps and Annalise.  So awesome to catch up with everyone.

The first day there is the pre running of the bulls party in the streets of Pamps champagne and sangreia everywhere its so cheap everyone is throwing it at each other and spraying champagne and water and eggs and flour and confetti amazing sight, hard to explain, I have never seen anything like it before in my life!!

People (mainly drunken kiwis and aussies) jumping off this statue onto the crowd who try to catch them (plenty got very badly hurt one may have died not too sure thou rumours eh). We left the party early and headed back to camping ground to chill out for the night and prepare for the big run in the morning.

The morning of the running and we catch our bus into town but the driver is pissed and can hardly stay awake so a hairy ride didn't help the pre run nerves. Finally get to town and a bit late the boys raced ahead to find a spot on the route the bulls run and all the girls walked to the bull ring to get tickets to see them all come in at the end and take photos.

This is an extract from boys who ran with the bulls.....

'We had to push our way in and were lucky to make it in as lots were denighed or kicked out. THEN THE REAL NERVES KICK IN crammed together with 50 mins till bulls are released and trying not to imagine the carnage if a bull plowed thru the tight mass of runners. Eventually the gun goes to announce the release of the bulls some 800 metres behind us and its pandemonium you cant see a thing except terrified white dressed people with red sashes running for their lives and because its so packed you are swept along and have to fight to hold ya footing. We soon realize there is no bulls just there so fight our way to the side of street and allow the panickers to sweep by (a quarter at least ran so early they didn't see a bull till they were in the bull ring). Didn't have to wait long before another wave of really scared people came crashing down the street closely follow by the bulls then we ran - man they were big bulls- and fast.  Then another couple of bulls came and we ran ahead of them into the bullring where the real carnage started.

The girls were waiting nervously, wondeirng if all our boys had made it safely to the bullring, we were scanning the bullring to find them, really hard when everyone is wearing white and red, found them finally, they were sitting on the outside of the wall and unhurt.  They released smaller more feisty bulls into the ring and they run amuck flipping people into the air and ramming them into the walls. After it all finished we went to where the boys where on the side of the ring and then went back to campsite to drink to our success. Cool experience but the boys said they wouldn't do it again!!

We had one more day in Pamps just relaxing and sorting all our washing out and then said our goodbye to Querps, Hillsey, Spider and Pies and headed back to Barcelona to see zeke but he still wasn't fixed was still waiting for parts. More dramas while driving back, Cy snapped a fan belt and had to rig up a temporary one to get to zeke.  He made it to Zeke alright and we camped on the street by the mechanic to get a new one in the morning.
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