Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Review of Sanfermines 2014

The crowd gathering in the town hall square for the opening ceremony, el chupinazo at noon on the 6th.

Running With The Bulls

The Pastores walking the route of the encierro the morning of the 7th.

The Torrestrella bulls, in their 13th appearance, had the first goring on the first day, 7 July in an encierro that lasted only 2 min 25 sec.  There were 5 other injuries.
The bulls from the Dolores Aguirre ranch, in their 15th running of the bulls, ran the route in 2 min. 20 sec.,  the 21st fastest encierro.  Although they have a history of serious injuries and the 5th most gorings, there were none this morning, but there were 3 serious injuries.
Running with the Victoriano del Río bulls on 9 July. Time: 3 min. 23 sec.   This was the 5th appearance of the Victoriano bulls for Sanfermines.  There were 2 goring, including the writer Bill Hillmann, who had just published his latest co-authored work "How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona", and 3 serious injuries that morning.
July 10, waiting for the encierro to begin.  The Garcigrande bulls from Salamanca, in their first appearance for Sanfermines, ran the course in fast 2 min. 30 sec., leaving two runners on Santo Domingo gored in their wake, along with 6 serious injuries.  It proved a very dangerous run, with at least 80 minor injuries along the way.
The Garcigrande bulls racing down Mercaderes.
The Miura bulls, in their 34th appearance in Pamplona for Sanfermines, caused major panic on the last run of the festival at the corner of Mercaderes and Estafeta, La Curva, when one bull fell and came away with 3 goings and 4 serious injuries as a result.

The Last Day

Finishing the fiesta with our street lunch on the 14th...
and the Pobre de mi, the closing ceremony at midnight.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bulls Before Breakfast by Peter Milligan

Our friend, Peter Milligan, has a new book coming out shortly, Bulls Before Breakfast, with a forward by John Hemingway.  It's available on Amazon as a pre-sale.  I've already read the original draft and it's quite interesting.

You can visit his blog at: and his Facebook page:

Friday, January 23, 2015

New elevator for the Plaza de Toros de Pamplona

MECA is proposing a new elevator for the Plaza de Toros de Pamplona.

La Casa de Misericordia ha solicitado autorización para instalar un ascensor en la plaza de Toros de Pamplona, unespacio con apacidad pare 19.720 espectadores.

El proyecto precisa de un Plan Especial proque el elevadorse situaría en el exterior del coso, sn suelo público. Sería el tercero, pero el primero con parada en andanada.

Plaza de Toros de Pamplona

Peñas celebrating the fiesta in the Andanada Sol section

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Bulls Of Sanfermines 2015 Have Been Announced!

La Casa de Misericordia de Pamplona has announced their selection of the ganaderías, bull raising ranches, that will be participating in the Feira de Toro, the festival of the bull during the Fiesta de San Fermín 2015.

Running down Mercaderes on day 1 of the encierro

Two new ranches will be represented in 2015, José Escolar Gil (Toledo), and Tajo y la Reina (Áliva), while the fighting bulls from Miura (Sevilla), Victoriano de Río (Madrid), Jandilla (Badajoz), Conde de la Maza (Sevilla), Garcigrande y Domingo Hernández (Salamanca), Fuente Ymbro (Cádiz) will all be returning for another fiesta.

The bulls of El Capea will be in the rejones on the 6th of July, and the bulls of El Parralejo will fight in the novillada on the 5th.

Join us in Pamplona for the Running of the bulls!