Bulls, Festival & Food in Spain’s Pamplona

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Pamplona by iñaki de luis on FlickrThe attraction of Pamplona for many travellers can be summed up in two words: San Fermin.

The walled medieval town in the Navarra region of the Basque country holds the world’s most famous bull festival every year, from the 6th to the 14th of July.

On the first day of the festival, anyone with a fairly loose attachment to their own life is free to dash in front of the beasts as they stampede through the cordoned-off streets, finishing in the bullring, Plaza del Toro.

Pamplona is well worth a visit, bull runs or not.

Guest post by Rakhi Sharma

Francis Tapon
Francis Tapon is half Chilean and half French and he was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He's been to over 80 countries, but he keeps coming back to this magical city because he loves earthquakes.

He spoke Spanish at home, French at school, and English everywhere else. He can get by in Portuguese and Italian, barely survive in Russian and Slovenian, and speak a few other languages.

Francis has an MBA from Harvard Business School and co-founded a successful Silicon Valley company that did robotic vision. He left his technology life to walk across America four times. He has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, and in 2007, became the first to do a round-trip on the Continental Divide Trail. In 2009, he was one of the finalists for the California Outdoors Hall of Fame, which "features nominees who are world-renowned for their skills and who have helped inspire thousands of others to take part in the great outdoors."

Francis has written a couple of travel books including The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us and Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America. He also produced a 77-minute video about his CDT Yo-Yo.

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