by | Apr 7, 2016 | challenges


I hate crowds. I need to see space around me ,and if not, a clear way to go out. This is why I usually don’t go to the Chupinazo that marks the beginning of San Fermin in Pamplona. But I miss it. I would like to be there to in the city hall square every July 6th at noon when they launch the rocket and everybody shouts Viva San Fermin!
Till that moment, everybody, clothed in white, wait holding up the red bandanas they will wear around their necks as soon as the pyrotechnic rocket explodes as a sign that they are taking part of the fiesta. All the square is white and red. Is really something worth to see.
I used to go with my friends when I was young until one year I felt my breath was failing me because of the crowd squeezed me. So I retreated to the street of Mercaderes and went to the Castillo’s square.
But now is an event for very young people. There is too much people and there is no way to enter the square. Besides now the youngsters have fun throwing each other wine and even flour and eggs, so the place is a mess, and the traditional white clothes with red bandanas finish awfully dirty, all pink from the wine and yellow from the eggs. You can always watch the spectacle comfortably from a balcony, if you’re lucky. Or from home thru TV.
I don’t like that. I prefer the memory of my young days when there was fewer people and it was possible to participate. I made a sketch of that previous moment when everybody is holding their bandana up waiting for the chupinazo chanting: San Fermin! San Fermin!


  1. angloswiss

    Sounds great but am with you all the way. Today I avoid such gatherings, too many people, too litttle air to breathe. Much more comfortable watching it on the TV if possible.

    • Olga Brajnović

      I live very close to the city hall square so it’s difficult to avoid the crowd. Last year I ventured out with my walker to take some pictures. It was fun.

  2. Maggie

    Sounds like an interesting day. What is it that they are celebrating?

    • Olga Brajnović

      The fiesta of San Fermin . The one Ernest Hemingway described in his novel Fiesta


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