End of the Journey (for Bulls)


Sunday, June 5, 2016
Day 5

This red door marks the end of the journey for the bulls who run through the streets of Pamplona during the Festival of San Fermin. Behind the red door is Pamplona’s bullring, and by the end of the afternoon the six bulls who thundered through the streets in the  morning, bowling over the runners, will themselves all be dead. To the left of this view, outside of the frame of this photo, there is a bust of Hemingway. Supposedly at the end of his life Hemingway regretted having made Pamplona, San Fermin, and the Running of the Bulls famous, since it “ruined” everything by attracting too many tourists. In Pamplona, however, the townspeople seem to love Hemingway and what he has done for their city, since Hemingway’s image is everywhere.

After our late Saturday night out, first at Pablo Carbonell’s show and then our midnight visit with Hemingway at his bar, we slept in and had an easy Sunday. In the afternoon we took a walking tour around Pamplona as recommended by Rick Steeves in his guidebook.

Steps Today: 7,825

Author: Camino for Boomers

I am the owner and editor of Bayou City Press in Houston, Texas. As a Foreign Service Officer, I lived and traveled all over the world for 33 years. My new book is "Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It's the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike."

One thought on “End of the Journey (for Bulls)”

  1. Hi Julie and James,
    So happy to hear that you have discovered the “perfect stride” (bus and walk) for your admirable adventure.
    It also appears that your pilgrimage is good for your relationship.
    I love participating in your pilgrimage and wish you safe travels and good times.


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