The barricade

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vallado 19-6-2015

Today is the last day of school for the kids in my city. They begin their long summer vacations till September. That’s what I miss from school the long summer vacations to live carefree playing around and doing whatever I wanted.

Over here, we are already getting ready for our annual festival of San Fermin. You know, the “Fiesta” described by Hemingway in one of his novels. The festival of the famous Running of the Bulls, where thousands of men (and some women) run a race with six bulls through the streets of Pamplona from the bull pen in Santo Domingo to the Arena . Today I saw that the city labourers had begun to install the barricades on the streets that are in the race path to protect the buildings and avoid the fled of the bulls. A man couldn’t resist the temptation and tried the barricade.

I’m not a fan of the bulls I’m afraid of them I don’t like the bloody spectacle and I had a hard time as a journalist reporting about the wounded in the run.

But these previous weeks to the fiesta are great, because the city is not crowded yet, and there are a lot of things going on in the streets, getting ready for the great moment. In the Castle Square there was today an artisan fair. A man gave me to taste a delicious cheese made in his farm in the mountains. Another man was making decorated ecological papers in a sort of shop.

The festival begins the July 7th. “Ya falta menos…” It’s about to happen.

Fifteen Credits.

7 thoughts on “The barricade

  1. angloswiss says:

    Rather you than me, but I suppose it is all in the name of tradition. I feel sorry for the bulls.

    1. Olga Brajnović says:

      Me too. The whole thing is so scary!

    1. Olga Brajnović says:

      Maybe. But my friends who are crazy about the fiesta wouldn’t change the moment for nothing in this world.

      1. rogershipp says:

        I think I would love the fiesta….but I wouldn’t mind seeing the running of the bulls one time either.

        1. Olga Brajnović says:

          It’s really something unique. Worth it to watch if you like strong excitements. The race is breathtaking. The atmosphere indescriptible. All the danger is for the people running. It scares me a lot. I’m a reporter, and I have been reporting for a long time about the wounded by goring on the race. the wounds are serious. It’s extremely dangerous. I know too well the danger of the situation.


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