amaya wrote:I am from Pamplona, which is a beautiful city worth a visit on its own, regardless of the time of year. It is the capital of the province of Navarre (an ancient Hispanic Kingdom), which is -just like all other Spanish regions- rich in history, traditions, and breathtaking scenery. To go there just for the running of the bulls is (in my opinion) downright silly. Lots of foreigners come who don't know what a bull is, how it reacts, and so on. They just prevent true runners from making daring runs in front of the bulls, with their horns almost touching them. So I'm writing this to discourage you from runnning the bulls. Besides, dozens of people get hurt, even killed- the last one was a 22-year-old American, Matthew Peter Tassio, who was gored to death in 1995. On the other hand, during those days there are plenty of concerts, dancing, eating-drinking-sleeping in the streets, lots of people from around the world each one ready for uninhibited madness. When I say drinking I mean really heavy drinking. In fact, Pamplona during San Fermín is widely known as the "Ciudad sin Ley" - Lawless City. It is worth a visit, it is a true international "Fiesta". But please, forget about those bulls.
Now someone wrote that the running of the bulls ("encierro") is despicable. I don't think it is. Bullfighting may be considered murder by animal lovers, but in the "encierro", bulls are respected and go unharmed. It is an exciting event provided runners are experienced, skilled, and you don't get the whole of the world population in the streets, which is what we have got over the last few years, especially at weekends.
Finally, for information about the fiesta and stuff, just go to google. There are hundreds of good, reliable sites, chat rooms, blogs, you name it.
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