Perhaps you missed them singing and dancing? Bands playing. Being a small part of something very large.
Basically, the opening ceremony. I attach a link to a website offering rented space on a balcony. I have no interest whatsoever in the website but it gives anecdotal stories of some people who take up the opportunity.
@kirkie, who knows a lot more about Pamplona and its people than I do has already said that it is the opening ceremony of San Fermin. We international audience tend to focus on the bulls but I get the impression that that’s just one of many shows / events of San Fermin, and perhaps for many of those who celebrate not even something of great interest to them.
Love it! I had never heard about this before.Pattern Days in Ireland
And frankly, is that even worth mentioning?Met a couple of Americans on the bus to San Sebastian who ran with the bulls onThursday and then watched from a balcony today. Said she got a cancellation on an AirBnB at a good rate. Also a British man waiting for the same bus said he ran both yesterday and today (and he was not a young man!)
Certainly we would not do it, but we have traveled to Spain several times for an originally Catholic pilgrimage when we are not Catholic and people often ask us why.And frankly, is that even worth mentioning?
For the first time ever I watched a video of the encierro - and not just a particular “dramatic” very short clip. Lots of people appear to just run a few meters to the side or along the side or get out of the way of the herd as quickly as they can. I don’t want to start a discussion and know that this topic is related to the very controversial topic. But perhaps it is time to say more often: “So what“ and “It’s plain silly” instead of glorifying it as something heroic or the ultimate adrenaline kick or whatever.
i find it also silly to travel far to participate in a local tradition that isn‘t your tradition when you are a one day visitor who went there just for this occasion.
Sure, why not: The encierro or run with the bulls takes place every morning at 8 am from 7 July to 14 July, it lasts about 3 minutes from start to finish, the distance is less than 1 km, the streets where it takes places are closed off, and there are plenty of opportunities for pilgrims to walk through the other streets to the right or left should they feel the need to be in this place at this time.Regardless, as this all takes place in Pamplona and as Pamplona is in the Camino Francés, it is worth letting pilgrims know what to expect so they can join in or avoid it, as they wish.
Thanks for the link.I remembered that several years ago, a forum member posted a link to the national TV station, which televises the runs. I found it and saw that the link is still good. I think everyone knows what the video will show, so many will not want to click on the link. I also know everyone is aware of the rules and what we can’t discuss, but if you are interested in seeing the craziness from a safe vantage spot, here is the link.