This week I’m participating in another great Arkansas Women Bloggers challenge, “ThanksBlogging“. This week is all related to the things we are thankful for in preparation for my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. Today I am thankful for the opportunity to experience things like Pamplona, Spain during its annual fiesta.

Today the challenge was to take a picture of something we’re thankful for and then use the free online photo editing tool PicMonkey to edit it (PicMonkey rocks, by the way!).

I veered a bit from the task by choosing four photos I took in 2005 along the Camino de Santiago. It was pure luck that I managed to be in Pamplona, Spain on the first day of the encierro (the annual ritual we call The Running of the Bulls during the Festival of San Fermin that lasts each year from July 8 to July 14). A new friend I had made from the Netherlands and I had walked about 5km into the city that morning and got a spot right up at the fence close to the finish line, which is essentially the entrance to the bullring, made famous in Death in the Afternoon and The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway. In his honor there is a statue of him and the street outside the bullring is named after him.

The encierro was over in a few short seconds, but that day in Pamplona is one of the most incredible days of my life. The singing, the chocolate and churros, the parades, the whole town in red and white . . .

I am so very thankful for the many, many wonderful experiences I’ve had in my life, and the Running of the Bulls ranks right at the top.

Encierro in Pamplona

The view from behind the fence in Pamplona

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