Sunday, July 5, 2009

El Txupinazo!

El Txupinazo

Just a little over 12 hours left to the Txupinazo and the official beginning to the mother of all parties, la Fiesta de San Fermín.

I'm in Pamplona, Spain and this year, because it's the fiftieth anniversary of the last time my grandfather was here for the famous "running of the bulls", I've been invited to see the opening ceremony from one of the balconies of the town's City Hall. Last year I didn't see anything of the rocket they launch, because I was standing in front of the Ayuntamiento and wedged in between a zillion other people and trying (without much luck) not to get soaked with the wine and champagne that was being sprayed in industrial quantities.

This time I'm sure that the view will be better, but not the energy and the excitement that I'll feel. That's guaranteed for everyone.


10 comments:

armand said...

Oh John ahora eres una V.I.P en Pamplona, como fue tu abuelo... No te da ganas de volver a vivir en Espana ? Seriamos mas cerca...

Penetralia said...

Oi, John.

What happened in Pamplona this year? Was especially violent?

And...I´ll like to ask you: have you ever had a dream of you meeting your grandpa?

I heard the news on TV: one of that travesties that where with Ronald, Andrea, is now dead. Why: SIDA....

John Hemingway said...

Hola Armand!

Es cierto que me gustaria tener una casa a cerca de San Sebastian! vamos a ver, el futuro es siempre una sorpresa;-)

Abrazos,
John

John Hemingway said...

Luca!

yes, I guess you could say it has been a rather tragic Fiesta, at least as far as the encierros are concerned, one dead and many more injured today. But, then again, sooner or later these things are bound to happen. Los toros son peligrosos.

Dreaming about meeting Ernest? Can't say that I remember ever having had one like that, but then most of what you dream is usually forgotten by the time you wake up, no?

Too bad about the transvestite.

abs.
John

Penetralia said...

Hi, John, thanks you for the nice answers!

In fact, eu sou Lúcio e não "Luca"; em inglês meu nome existe e vcs pronunciam "Luxius".

You must go to Brazil also, have you ever heard of Parati Literary Party?

Penetralia said...

To now more about Paraty:

http://www.flip.org.br/

John Hemingway said...

Ciao Lucio! Of course I know that you are Lucio and not Luca, but during the Fiesta everything is very confused at times;-)

abs.
John

Jonathan Knowles said...

Gora San Fermin! Gora Pena de Los Gatos! Next year back to Iruna!

Penetralia said...

De um artigo de Laerte Braga:

O presidente Hugo Chávez disse hoje em La Paz que a situação em Honduras é grave e que uma guerra civil no país pode ter alcance regional colocando em risco a segurança e a paz na região. Chávez voltou a afirmar que os militares e empresários tiveram apoio dos Estados Unidos e o presidente Barak Obama ou não está encontrando forças dentro do seu país para transformar suas declarações em fato, a condenação do golpe, ou é cúmplice e vive apenas uma farsa.



“Garoto propaganda de uma realidade que é tão somente um espetáculo”.

John Hemingway said...

Ciao Lucio!

Perhaps Chavez is right. I think that if the USA didn't want Michelletti then he wouldn't be president.

abs.
John