Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

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Meet Me at La Tomatina, The World’s Biggest Food Fight

March 10, 2011

This could be you! Or me. But hopefully you!

I always have a list of places I want to go, usually because I have a friend I’d like to visit or because I’ve heard a place is really nice. But I also have a list of travel things I want to *do*.

For example, I’d like to celebrate New Year’s in Times Square, check out a viking festival in Iceland and learn to surf in Australia.

(I did take a surf lesson in Byron Bay once. It was a disaster, but it was long enough ago now that I’ve deluded myself into thinking that if I tried it again, I would be a natural.)

La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain has been at the top of my must-do list for a while now. It’s a massive food fight held on the last Wednesday of August every year.

You may have guessed from the name that the food being flung in this fight is tomatoes – more than 100 tons of them. It’s messy, crazy and incredibly fun – at least according to the friends I’ve talked to who have been there.

This year my Aussie friends have decided to go back for more flinging, and I’m joining them! Woo hoo! Tips on how to best do La Tomatina are welcome, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you.

Sure, there are other traditional events I could enjoy in Spain, but given the choice between running with bulls who might make big holes in me or having shirtless men cover me in tomato goo, I’ll take the goo.

See you there!
Lisa

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Spain is Burning! Go and Watch

February 28, 2011

Watch this:

Now hurry up and get to Valencia, Spain so you can live it. Las Fallas (The Fires) is literally an explosive event, full of parades, music and street performances. Arrange your own trip or check out the Busabout 5-day tour (it includes a Sangria & Paella Welcome Party).

Las Fallas takes place throughout March, but the big events happen from March 15-19. The dates are the same every year, so if you can’t pull together a trip in a couple of weeks, start planning now for March 15-19, 2012.

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Student Travel Must-Do: La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain

March 22, 2010

I always have a list of places I want to go, usually because I have a friend I’d like to visit or because I’ve heard a place is really nice. But I also have a list of travel things I want to *do*.

For example, I’d like to go to Machu Picchu just for the sake of seeing it. But I’d like to hike the Inca Trail because I think it’s one of those travel experiences that you just can’t have anywhere else.

This week I’m sharing my list, and maybe you’ll want to add some of these travel experiences to your own list.

First on my must-do list: La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain. It’s a massive food fight held on the last Wednesday of August every year. You may have guessed from the name that the food being flung in this fight is tomatoes – more than 100 tons of them. It’s messy, crazy and incredibly fun – at least according to the friends I’ve talked to who have been there.

Sure, there are other traditional events you could enjoy in Spain, but given the choice between running with bulls who might make big holes in me or having shirtless men cover me in tomato goo, I’ll take the goo.

Lisa

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Gore-y Travel: Running With the Bulls

July 8, 2008

Oh, adventure travel. It sounds so exotic, so thrilling, so romantic to say you climbed high peaks in Austria or swam with sharks in the Maldives or went heli-hiking on a glacier in New Zealand. But can it go too far?

The annual Running With the Bulls is on in Pamplona, Spain right now. One man has died (although from falling off a wall, not from being attacked by a raging quadriped) and other injuries have included a collapsed lung, a ruptured spleen and broken ribs. And those injuries all happened to the same person.

I like the idea of trying something new. I like to be a little daring. But that usually translates to dancing on a table in the hostel bar, or going swimming with just an SPF 30 instead of my SPF 90. I don’t mind taking risks, like following a tour guide down a long, slippery ravine that could end with scrapes and bruises, but probably not with being hurled to my death.

Letting large, wild animals with no social skills and no sense of remorse chase after me though just sounds like the perfect way to put my travel insurance to the test. So why do so many people do it? At best, you’ll get to feel like you’ve escaped certain death. At worst, the broken bones you wind up with will completely ruin the rest of your holiday and leave you with some hideous scars.

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So if you’re going to run off to Spain for adventure, go for the safer event: The Tomatina.

Held in Bunol, Spain on August 27, 2008, the Tomatina is the world’s largest food fight. Don’t bother dressing to impress, because within a few seconds of the hour-long event you’ll be covered in tomato juice, pulp, and goop. 

Get your student Eurail Pass from Travel CUTS and plan on some messy, but not deadly, fun.