Monday, July 12, 2010
We were lucky enough to spend a day in Pamplona taking in the festivities of the week long Fiesta de San Fermin. We had an early start in order to get to there in time for the 8 AM Running of the Bulls (El Encierro). Though the lines along the narrow streets were already 10-15 people deep when we got there, we managed to get a glimpse of some runners and the backside of a bull. It's only a half mile long route so you really only see 10 seconds of the race if you can get a spot along the wooden rails the guide the bulls to the Plaza de Toros.
Though the view was limited that morning the energy wasn't. Hundreds of people were up celebrating and drinking- actually they probably never stopped from the night before. I expected to be overwhelmed but we had a very good experience. Surprisingly, there were lots of families out enjoying the marching bands and dancing in the town plaza.