La Tomatina

Trip Start May 10, 2012
Trip End Dec 03, 2012

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Flag of Spain  , Valencian Country,
Monday, August 27, 2012

Day 110:  Today we spent the whole day on the ferry as this was a day ferry and not an over night which sucked.  So we left at 9.30am and arrived in Valencia at around 8pm, we caught the Topdeck group that we booked with for the La Tomatina before they headed out and got all of our gear and booked the bike tour for the next day.  Emma didn't feel up to going out tonight so we decided to stay in instead and be fresh for the next day.

Day 111:  We went on the walking tour with the group today which wasn't too bad but we could have done it just as good, but we did learn a few things that we didn't know.  We made a few friends (Mat, Mel and Sam) and we decided afterwards to walk around the city a bit and to see what there was to do, we went to the Valencia Cathedral where I went up the bell tower and we also saw where, supposedly, the Holy Grail is located that was used by Jesus in the Last Supper.  It was difficult to see as it was pretty small and far away behind glass and there were quite a few people in there.

After walking around for a bit longer we then went to the bike tour which was really fun and will probably do it again in the future when we go to a different city.  We saw much more of the city then what we normally would and also learnt a fair bit more about the city in general. 

That night we went out to dinner with Mat and Mel and had some tapas and some paella and some drinks at this really fancy looking bar, but went to bed kind of early as we had to be up early for La Tomatina.

Day 112:  La Tomatina!  Today was a day both myself and Emma have been looking forward to since we left for our holiday, we left at about 7.30am and arrived just before 8.30am and there were already thousands of people there, mostly people aged 18 to 30, there were a few older people with children but I think they were just there to watch.  We teamed up with Mat, Mel, Sam and Kate and ventured into the street which was about 8m wide crammed with approx 40,000 people and then they had to get a 4m wide truck through.

It was pretty much like being in a mosh pit at a heavy metal concert, everybody was pushing and falling over and trying to get the best spot before the trucks got there, we didn't end up getting to see the pole with the ham on top but we got close

At 11am the gun went off to signal the start of the fight and everybody started pushing even more, and since we were close to the middle of the street it was especially crazy.  The first truck came passed throwing tomatoes out and the fight began.  Tomatoes were going everywhere and it was huge fun, even though it was a little crazy, you are supposed to crush the tomatoes before throwing but some people didn't, and the ones that weren't, hurt.  In all, 5 trucks went through and by the end there was a layer of tomatoes on the ground and there were tomatoes all up the wall and through everyone's clothes and hair.  

Getting out of the street was just as hard as getting in with everybody pushing, but on the way back all the locals were helping wash off all the tomatoes off us and when we got back to the bus we changed clothes and left the tomato stained ones in the street to get thrown out.

I would definitely do it again if I am ever back again.

That night we went out with the rest of the tour group for one last drink and party and to tell all of our stories.   
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