06 July 2009

pamplona











We stopped in Pamplona yesterday. San Fermín (running with the bulls, Hemingway) starts on Tuesday. It´s a week full of food, drinking, and bulls. This is Jorge´s fiesta. Every year he goes for a few days with a bunch of friends. I went one year with my girlfriends, and at three in the morning when I asked where we were sleeping, Jorge just started laughing. (He still loves telling that story...)... We ended up sleeping in our car and catching a bus back to our home the next day. Jorge got home three days later.... I´m going to meet him there on Thursday ... Lord help me....

1. A boarded up store on the street where the bulls run.
2. Love the bull in the window.
3. The bulls. (Look at the size of his head...)
4. Where Hemingway hung out.
5. I was hungry...

46 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Whenever I see photos of Pamplona and contemplate the history, it seems unreal. But there they are!

isabelle said...

it reminds me my husband's stories about Bayonne ...

samourai girl said...

I like travelling with you !!! Have a nice summer Jane ;)

ibb said...

I must say that I haven´t been in San Fermines.
May I try this year???

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

C'est la fête permanente sur ton blog !!! I like these pictures... Have a nice day !

Bonnie said...

oh my goodness ... is he actually running with the bulls ?

btw ... that story is hilarious. kind of like my first winter in australia when i was looking everywhere for the thermostat to turn up the heat. only one problem. australian houses don't have heating ! rory just watched me, knowing what i was looking for and laughed ....

la lune dans le ciel said...

quelle ambiante !!!j'aimerai être dans ce bar for drink a good cold beer and to eat !!!!!!
Jorge makes me laugh but men are all roughly the same !;)

B said...

Ay, esos jamones de la ultima foto!!
I'm laughing with Jorge... :)
Besos

Cabrizette said...

Muy typico !!!We can smell and hear everything.. So Spanich !

Ritva said...

taurus salutes you!

you should see the size of my head!
ps. i think He will!

epe said...

beautiful pictures, and great story. i really like "tauromaquia" and i especially love picasso's bulls!

Di said...

Wow - such great festivals in Spain! Here they just board the windows up when a local hooligan decides to break them.I hope you survive the day!!

Joyce said...

LOL... I wish I could have seen your face when there wasn't a place to sleep.

Do you run too- in the streets? I can't wait to hear the stories you come back with- please share. xoxo

nathalie et cetera said...

love the boarded window. great illustration! You are lucky. This event seems so crazy! Have fun!

laméditerraine said...

Wow,I was at Pamplona last year and I really loved it,watching Estafeta and La curva de telefónica,I wake up every morning to watch the encierros with my dad when the time comes.

About being in The UK...I wish I had,I learnt on my own (English education at Spanish schools is awful),well,last year I took conversation classes with a native teacher (who has now become my dad's English teacher).Every year I ask my parents to go there but it's very expensive and I have lots of things to do every summer!

I'd really love to talk with your daughter,I thought she was younger!I think it'd be really nice,so if you want my e-mail or anything you just need to ask for it :)

Kisses :)

laméditerraine said...

P.d.:Is Jorge your husband?

travelingmama said...

My husband was so disappointed that we never got to Pamplona, but I was a little skeptical! :0 I love your photos! Maybe one day we will make it there!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I've been to a bullfight only once. It was in Seville. I wasn't all that keen on the idea, but I have to admit it was quite an experience. I did cry at the end for the first fight though - so I was glad to have my sunglasses on.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

And I had meant to say, I've never run with the bulls but... Sorry for the non sequitur!

kim said...

oh my gosh i love hemingway so much - my favorite: a moveable feast
that last shot is amazing - well, they're all amazing, but how do you get such good people shots? i think i have to get over my shyness!
have fun with jorge, the bulls, etc, etc....

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, I bet he got a big laugh out of that! Men and their ways.....

Lisa :)

Cris Siqueira said...

hey jane
love the bull on the window too!!
what a great weekend!!!
wow...
we have parties like this too. i used to go and i used to love!!

love the shots, as always!!

beijos

C.T. said...

OMG Jane, you crack me up!!

But that last picture I really really like!! Great vibe.
XXX, Carmie.

nicola said...

the hot spot for bulls, it appears!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Ida Nielsen said...

Those bulls look fierce!! Are you going to run in the streets too?

Kathy said...

Poor bulls!
Isabelle's comment made me laugh.
Good help us all!!

caitlin said...

So cool Jane! I have always wanted to go on a vacation to see the running of the bulls. Great photos and I'm glad you're back :)

ticklishfromadistance said...

When my husband turned forty, he and a few other birthday boys decided it would be awesome to mark the milestone by running with the bulls in Pamplona. I thought, given he had a wife and small children, that he should count his blessings here, up his insurance policy a great deal and have a great time. He did all three, got on the plane and had a ball, but later said he realized in the moment it may not have been prudent as he was watching other spectators get trampled. I concluded that while he and his friends were firing each other up yelling "We are running with the bulls", that the bulls were probably chanting amongst themselves, "We are running with the jackasses!" Glad he experienced something so different, and I get it, but was also very happy to receive a phone call from him that night and not a hospital!

Victoria said...

Oh Pamplona! That is where I grew up so I am very familiar with San Fermin :-) But I feel I have had my share of fiestas, I don't really miss them anymore. As you say, its madness!

Likes Chocolate said...

This is something I have always wanted to see. Thanks for sharing your photos.

spudballoo said...

Fantastic, your photos are wonderful as they always are!

Sammi said...

I think Pamplona looks so beautiful. I am determined to get there and see the bull racing. Has Jorge ever ran with them, or does he just go for the beer? x

MODsquad said...

Oh, wow! I'd pay big bucks to be there! Can't wait for the pics and stories!!

A Captured Reflection said...

How fabulous. I have expect a bull to leap out of the first photo and chase that man who is sauntering by.

lovepics said...

great pictures....
i saw it once in malaga...

trinsch said...

wow! there's something so surreal about this whole running with the bulls thing. a part of me is totally fascinated and a part of me is like "why?"

have a great week :)

jgy said...

You do have a Hemingway flair for telling stories, I like how you do it with pictures:)
Enjoy your travels!

aimee said...

you are a brave girl! have fun...

vanessa aka Nessie Noodle said...

I went to running of the bulls while in spain. yes- sleep is really the last thing on anyone's mind isn't it? oye.
it was quite the experience.

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state of bliss said...

I am so so scared of bulls! But I wouldn't miss it or the food :)
Enjoy :)
Un bacio,
Kasia

MUS said...

i like the last one

marinik said...

great photos, sounds like fun :)

Cate said...

sounds like the perfect boy's week for your husband. how could you not have imagined you would be spending the night in your car? silly jane!

the bulls are fierce and beautiful. your pictures, as always, are stunning.

sunnymama said...

I love the last picture!

n a t s u m i said...

These photos are beautiful! Especially, the photo at the bottom is very lovely!! The restaurant's atmosphere reminds me of Japanese pub... ox

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