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Sue Burke
First day: Running of the bulls in Pamplona 
7th-Jul-2009 01:40 pm
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Bulls from the Alcurrucén Ranch ran through Pamplona this morning, and they were fast: only 2 minutes 30 seconds from corral to bull ring. No one was gored, though about three or four runners were treated for minor injuries.

The bulls knocked down quite a few runners, however, as you can see in this photo by EFE. You can also watch this video of the entire encierro, with commentary by Javier Solano. He has of 21 years of experience covering the run, and before that, he ran in the encierro. (Commentary in Spanish, como Dios manda):
http://www.rtve.es/mediateca/videos/20090707/encierro-limpio-alcurrucen/539214.shtml

I saw two well-known, highly experienced runners get knocked down, which teaches us that although you may know what you're doing, if what you're doing is crazy, your wisdom may not get you very far.

Radio Television Española has a very nice area in its website devoted to Fiestas de San Fermín:
http://www.rtve.es/noticias/sanfermines/2009/
The part No seas 'guiri' could be translated as "Don't be a stupid foreigner." It includes the suggestion that drinking until you pass out in the street is not a great idea.

— Sue Burke

Comments 
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7th-Jul-2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Hemingway was also in Madrid. I have drunk at some of the same bars. ¡Salud, Papa Hemingway!
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7th-Jul-2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
The bull never stands a chance, intentionally. Also, bullfighters only fight 3- and 4-year-old bulls, which are not fully grown. A man armed with only a sword could never kill a full-grown bull, regardless of the picadors.

In fact, bullfighters practice with 2-year-old cows, and even they can and have killed matadors. The breed is smart.
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