Pamplona’s San Fermin through Instagram

Image of Pamplona through instagram during San Fermin

The second cannon fired, all the bulls had been released; I’d been cool, calm and collected until this point but now every inch of my being was telling me one thing and my feet were happy to comply – run!

It felt like we were there for a month but our time in Pamplona for San Fermin, that is the Running of the Bulls, was over in just four short days. During that time we collected plenty of photographs, video, and of course snaps on the humble iPhone – we even managed to bring Oneika over to the dark side… she is now an Instagram user!

Below are just a selection of my photos from the time we spent together, but don’t worry if you haven’t got enough of your Pamplona fix. More stories will come over the following weeks both on each of the girls sites and Girls Running with Bulls.

Map of Pamplona, Spain

Whilst Pamplona is a city when the fiesta is on and the party is raging it’s easy to get lost. Luckily for me the taxi driver had a handy map which I photographed with my iPhone and used for most of the trip when I got lost. You can even see where we lived on Descalzos, and the red rectangle on the other side of the river marking the bull pens.

Cardboard cutouts of the bulls on a hotel balcony in Pamplona, Spain

Whilst walking through the streets we found the hotel where the bulls were staying!

Religious Ceremony before the running of the bulls

Dressed in the traditional garb of white with red neck scarf and sash, tourists and locals vied for the best position to see the figure of San Fermin exit the church to be paraded around the streets. We later learnt that due to a minor scuffle outside the church the procession was halted and everyone returned to the church.

City walls of Pamplona, Spain during San Fermin

Pamplona's music school in Spain

Walking the streets of Pamplona you saw some of the simple yet elegant architecture of the old city and walls crossed with the modern architecture like the city’s music school.

One of the male giants at San Fermin, the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain

One of the female giants at San Fermin, the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain

Some of the ‘Giants’ which are paraded through the city.

having fresh produced delivered during San Fermin, the running of the bulls in Pamplona

Ever wonder how so much ‘fresh’ food is available during San Fermin? Well we found out they get it into the city anyway they can; including loading up the back of a van with lettuce, onions and potatoes!

Food from the Valencia stall at San Fermin, the Running of the Bulls, in Pamplona, Spain

lunch in Pamplona during San Fermin or the Running of the Bulls. Valencia style rabbit and chicken paella

Some of the best times in Pamplona featured the food. In the city centre there was even a food court which featured regional specialities. My favourite? The Valencian paella with rabbit and chicken!

Jambon in Pamplona, Spain

that's a lot of meat! in Pamplona at San Fermin, the Running of the Bulls

I did learn one thing during my trip though – the Spanish LOVE their meat!

Balconies ready to watch San Fermin, the running of the bulls, in Pamplona, Spain

The day before we ran we decided to play it safe and check out the run from a balcony on the runs route. We weren’t expecting what we saw…

People getting ready to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain during San Fermin, the Running of the Bulls

People everywhere!!! (But more about that later.)
Bell towner in Pamplona, Spain during San Fermin, Running with the Bulls
Town Hall in Pamplona, Spain during San Fermin, the Running of the Bulls
Street sign in Pamplona, Spain during San Fermin, Running of the Bulls
night street party in Pamplona during San Fermin, the running of the bulls, and a pena playing
The city was beautiful no matter what time of day you visited but one thing was always certain, there were so many people! Including one man wearing a duck hat…
A man wearing a duck hat during one of the night parties of San Fermin in Pamplona
Poster for San Fermin 2012 - I want you for... Poster
Uncle San wanted us though and so the day we had been dreading waiting for crept up on us.
Jeannie and Nicole before the run in Pamplona for San Fermin, the Running of the Bulls
As Jeannie and I put our best running clothes on we were set! …and our phones had to stay at home so no photos of what happened next.
Interview with Dave and Deb of the Planet D for Expedia's 'Find Yours' campaign in Pamplona, Spain for San Fermin (the Running of the Bulls)
But we lived to tell the tale to Dave & Deb (The Planet D) for Expedia, Radio Eusakdi – actually, we left this one to Oneika because the rest of us only knew how to ask how to “Pass the Sangria!”
Oneika being interviewed by Radio Eskali in Pamplona, Spain for the Running of the Bulls
Some of the reporters even had us pull cute poses to take photos. None cuter than Oneika and her matador outfit (yes, that is a taxidermy bull – creepy!)
Oneika dressed up as a matador during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain
Statue in Pamplona of the Running of the Bulls
Would you run with the bulls?

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  • Reply
    August 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Woah! You guys really ran? Awesome! Adrenaline rush better than getting high? Lol! Nice pics from Insta too. I for one would love to experience the Running of the Bulls. Gaah

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      August 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Anne,
      Yep! Three girls and myself ran with the bulls. It was definitely a big adrenaline rush! Can’t wait to do it again. 😉
      Hope you get to run soon!

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    August 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I never had rabbit in paella before. I must try that. Did it pop out or just blended in with the chicken?

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      August 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      I’d never eaten rabbit before so all I can really say was that it was quite boney. But it seemed to be very well balanced with the chicken and the rest of the meal.
      Hope you can try rabbit paella soon!

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    August 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Just by looking at the photos, I felt I was actually there. Thanks for sharing this.

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      August 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks Marilyn. 🙂 Hope you get to visit Pamplona soon!

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    August 8, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Wow, this sounds and looks like such an incredible experience. I can’t believe you really did it. And I’m loving Instagram photo essays, such a great way to capture the essence of a place!

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      August 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Instagram is a fantastic tool for when you can’t be bothered carrying around your proper camera.

      Perhaps you can run with me next year Monica?!

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    August 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I can’t believe you actually did this! It’s something I used to want to do but I’m not so sure now due to the treatment of the bulls etc. But I bet it will be an unforgettable experience for you!

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      August 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Definitely an unforgettable experience Andrea!
      I didn’t know much about the animal treatment going into the event but you are right to question it. On the other hand you have to remember bulls, bull fights and bull runs are such a big part of Spanish culture.
      Hope you get to run one day should you choose to. 🙂

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    Sandy Allain
    August 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I am not sure if I am ready to run with the bulls just yet. I think I’ll stick with watching it from a safe distance. You got great pictures though. Amazing and it really evokes a lot of fun and exciting times. Great job!

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      August 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks Sandy!
      Indeed running is not for everyone. We did see a lot of people ready to run and then just before the first cannon climb the barrier to where the ‘sane’ people were sitting. 🙂

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    August 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I’ve been bitten by the travel bug, actually there’s one here that’s been bugging me to go to San Sebastian because the pinchos have been missing me. lol But I’d love to visit Pamplona sometime, next year hopefully I’d be able to. Though I don’t fancy to be chased by a bull, maybe to take photos of them would be a great idea, isn’t it? My brother was chased by a bull once in Australia, though he looked like he was enjoying it, I was scared for him.. so maybe it really is fun. Great post by the way, the photos are looking amazing and the food looks yum! 😉

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      August 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Haha wow, what a crazy story about your brother being chased by a bull in Oz! His own version of San Fermin? 😛
      Hope you get to see San Sebastian again or Pamplona (strictly for photography purposes!) soon.
      Enjoy your travel bug bite!

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    August 17, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    What a fantastic experience. Definitely adding this to my travel bucket list.

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      August 18, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      It was brilliant Davey! Hope you get to take part in a run one day. 🙂

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