Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pamplona, After The BS Is Done


Spain 007 With my bull running adventure over, I head back to The VW Executive Inn And Suites for an early morning nap.



Soon I am regretting having a room with an east view of the city. The morning sun is relentless in beating down on my windshield.


Spain 009 Without the AC running, I must concede defeat and abandon my morning nap.

It’s time for a trip to the WC located in a nearby park.






Leaving the WC refreshed, I start a self-guided day tour of Pamplona.

 Spain 328 I begin at Parroquia De San Miguel built in 1940.


Spain 333 Mass at Parroquia De San Miguel






Spain 078It is amazing to see practically an entire city in a festive mood. Even babies and infants are proudly dressed in traditional San Fermin red and white attire.


While researching this trip, I read that the city goes to sleep after being up most of the night and watching the running of the bulls.


Spain 077 I am happy to report that for the most part this is not the case in 2010.





Spain 081 I do spot a few laying around but this is the exception. The city is as alive in the day as it had been the night before. Only some of the characters have changed.


Spain 083It seems like at least one of them would prefer to sit around all day.





Spain 336 I am enjoying this 24 hours a day festive mood so much I am thinking about taking up unicycling and joining the local circus.




Spain 082 Free lessons from a local and with a great juggling act,  maybe my plan can work.






Revisiting the bull running staging area, it has taken on a new life. The barriers and massive early morning crowds are gone but the party has been moved to the streets.


Spain 087 With no fear of being trampled until 8:00am tomorrow morning, let’s drink, dance and party until the break of dawn.

All in favor, say “aye”!



Spain 088 The area is now so popular for locals and visitors, I think I even spot the NBA 2010 Championship MVP Kobe Bryant  in the crowd.



 Spain 089 Near the daily release point of the bulls, symbols clash while horns,drums and trumpets fills the already happy air with festive notes. 


Spain 091 This sends some crowd members spinning.






Spain 092 And leaves others  “udderly” smiling.




In appreciation of the entertainment, members of the audience place cold beers and drinks on the ground in front of the band.

  Spain 102 Wow, and you thought I had a big head!


Spain 096 This is my reaction as I along with others are entertained by “Bobble Heads” waiting for a parade to start.




Spain 095 One little fan is not so happy about the parade delay and she is demanding her Little Fans Of Bobble Head Parade Bill Of Rights.



Spain 106 Going down one street, I am singled out in front of a crowd by an alien creature.







A two euro donation to the Illegal Alien Foundation and I am promised not to be probed anytime soon.


Spain 109 Not trusting this illegal alien, I ask for identification and take a Headless Man as my witness.



Entering another square,  a small procession with huge dancing costumes and a five to six piece marching band is in progress.


Spain 111 This becomes common around the city and quite entertaining.


In the distance I hear a baby crying and with others I go to investigate. The sound is coming from what seems like an abandoned stroller left near the edge of a building along with a large suitcase.

Spain 113 We are concerned that some parent may have had too many drinks of  “Calimochos”.

Nervously approaching  the stroller, we are  surprised to be confronted with the baby face of a man!





Spain 114 Interestingly, a euro or two momentarily keeps this baby from crying.




Then he goes right back to fussing and sticking his tongue out at innocent passerby's.

Spain 118 What a fun loving little big brat!







Spain 119I make a brief stop at The Governor’s Residence for an unofficial visit. I express my heartfelt thanks for a wonderful time during my short time in Pamplona.


Spain 518 My diplomatic duties done, I pick up stakes and The VW Executive Inn And Suites is on the road again.




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