Running with the Bulls during the Festival de San Fermin was one of the scariest, yet exhilarating, adventures we have ever done.
Fear is a funny thing.
It has paralysed me when faced with heights. Kept me awake when I was younger and too afraid to sleep in the dark. And made me lash out when worried I might lose the ones I love.
I have even seen fear on friends and strangers faces when they have faced similar situations or confronted their own stresses. But never have I seen fear etched on to so many faces at the same exact moment.
Never have I stood looking in to those faces and known that my face shows the exact same feeling. A moment when the next 2 minutes could mean life or death.
Running with the Bulls
There is no escape from it as I am walled in by apartment blocks, shop front windows and 3 metre high wooden barriers packed with photographers along the entire length. At one end lies the relative safety of the bull ring pulsating with the cheers of the crowd who have partied all night. While at the other end a dozen wild bulls paw the stony ground looking for freedom.
Unfortunately I am standing in their path. This is where the fear comes from.
Adorned in white with a slash of vivid red at our throats and waists we stand jostling for space. Elbow to elbow with thousands of other thrill seekers, tourists and locals alike, I begin to wonder what the hell possessed me to go running with the bulls as I stand on this narrow 825m stretch of cobbled street at the crack of dawn.
Only my thoughts accompany me before being obliterated as the first firework is fired signalling the release of the bulls.
Silence descends for a split second before the crowd surges as if pushed by an invisible hand. Knowing I have a few seconds before the raging bulls reach me I stand my ground. Arms flail and the ground trembles beneath the thousands of feet pounding the uneven cobbled street as people begin to panic.
Abruptly a roar from the crowd is unleashed as the bulls sprint into sight. My fear evaporates and is replaced by pure adrenaline. Blood surges through my muscles and the world seems to slow around me.
Spinning on my heels caught in the rush of the crowd I am propelled forward away from the snorting beasts. Fear has gripped many and it’s now I realise that it was right to send Adela away from me as there is no chance I could help her if she ends up in danger.
It is every person for themselves when fear takes over.
Hands grapple and claw at one another as everyone fights for space away from the middle of the road. Wrenched off my feet I stumble but catch myself from falling beneath the unrelenting feet of runners.
All too suddenly the shoulder to shoulder crowd splits like Moses parting the Red Sea. It can only be the Bulls. I can hear their hooves on the cobbles before I can see them. The sound spurs the crowd on faster again.
Glancing to my left I spot them race past within spitting distance.
It’s not over and there isn’t a chance to stop as the crowd continues to run.
Sprinting madly after the bulls we run into a moment of darkness under the stadium entrance. Light suddenly bursts across my face as the crowd roars again and again as I join the celebrating masses in the middle of the bull ring. Blood pulses in my ears and my heart threatens to crash through my ribcage.
Clay and stones grind under my feet as I scan the crowd. It’s no longer fear that creases my face but elation, celebration and relief when I spot my brother, friends and thankfully Adela emerging from the crowd.
Check out our Running with the Bulls video!
Not all people agree that the San Fermin Festival should be allowed to go ahead largely due to animal cruelty. We wrote a post about the controversy surrounding Bullfighting in Spain and the Festival de San Fermin.
If you want to join the Festival de San Fermin next year or any other wild festivals in Europe then book with our partners Busabout.
Take A Moment and Go Visit Iceland Today
We have all been quite busy this year, but have we stopped and taken a breather? We made new year’s resolutions, stuck to a couple of them, made some progress, and stayed relatively healthy.
But the fact is that we like, the fictional character Walter Mitty might be bogged down by our many day to day cares. Tunnel vision, myopic attitudes, and more significant concerns take us away from our dream of exploring fascinating places and countries such as Iceland or other Nordic countries.
We might indeed hesitate and put these trips off to another day. Yet, we know that the things that we keep out of our sight, stay out of our mind. When we push something to tomorrow, it rarely happens.
We continue to look forward to the endless tomorrows that will bring more joy than today.
Wise people reminded us of the importance of carpe diem, that notion of seizing the moment and grabbing life by the horns, thus, basking at the moment.
Don’t delay travel in style with a service such as Voyage Privé, and you will be delighted by your decision.
Remember that we only have concrete evidence of having one life, we must live it in the best manner possible.
Have Fun and Add A Little Flair To Your Year
The year is coming to a close. When was the last time that you did something fun and worthwhile? When was the last time you did something that you can be proud of and can remember for decades to come? For most of us, the answer might surprise us. The memories are distant and might be a bit far off.
Take the Nike mentality, and do it, book a flight to an exotic and delightful place like Iceland.
Iceland offers plenty of activities, scenery, and opportunities for the wandering spirit. We’llWe’ll talk about just a few of these fantastic places that you must visit in the beautiful Nordic nation of Iceland.
Must-See Destinations in Iceland
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a natural spa. The locals dubbed it the “spa of the volcanic earth.” The natural landscape allows weary travelers to rest, disconnect from their devices, and connect with the beauty of nature.
Travelers may indulge in luxurious experiences and enjoy great dining, events that are undoubtedly much needed in our always-on, digitally connected lives.
Remember to dine at the Lava Restaurant and lounge at the Silica Hotel or the Retreat Hotel.
Bask in the breathtaking beauty of the Gullfoss. Remember that the Gullfoss Waterfall is one of the most beloved waterfalls all over the world. Additionally, the Gullfoss is open to the public and is free for all to see and immerse themselves from a safe distance. Millions of people have gone to this waterfall to have a glimpse of this wondrous beauty, and you deserve to go as well.
Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
Do not forget to visit and hike in Asbyrgi. Many tourists come here and set up camp to have a little peace of mind in the general turbulence of the world. Asbyrgi is surely idyllic and is one place you must have on your to-do list.
We have only scratched the surface on the beautiful experiences in Iceland, book your trip today, stay for a while.
Top 4 cities for bingo fans
Some people travel looking for the best parties, others travel to find the best beaches, while foodies are looking for the best restaurants and the best street foods. If you are looking for top-notch entertainment, there are plenty of cities where you can do some exciting and unusual activities. You probably know that the best karaoke parties are in Japan and Korea and Las Vegas, Macau and Monaco are the places to visit if you are looking to play casino games.
This time we’re going to talk about the best cities for bingo fans. If you’re thinking that all bingo venues are the same, think again, because bingo has changed significantly lately. One of the key contributing factors to the modernisation of bingo in general and bingo venues as such is the emergence and popularisation of online bingo. Players started switching online as it is a lot more convenient, so conventional bingo venues had to adapt and try to offer something new and exciting for a change.
London is definitely the bingo capital of the world, and there’s definitely a reason why it founds its way to the top of our list. In the old days there were more bingo halls in UK’s capital than there are now, but we have bingo venues now. You may wonder what’s the difference between a hall and a venue, and to put it simply, venues are modern and offer more exciting bingo variants.
Nowadays bingo games are organised at a lot of non-standard venues, it’s not just dedicated halls/venues.
Have you ever been to the Breakfast Club Battersea at Clapham? They’re now doing bingo nights as well, with party mashup, quiz nights, and other fun activities for all visitors. Tickets are available from £7, which is not a lot for an amusing and unusual bingo party.
Selecta Saturday Special is a bingo party that takes place at UKG Bingo at Camden from 6pm until 9:45pm. If you fancy bingo and garage music, this is the right place for you.
Finally, if you’re a fan of house, you’ll have a blast at Brixton’s Cattivo where Bubbles & Bingo events are held.
The city of light is another great city for bingo fans. You may think of the UK as a top bingo destination, but the game was played in France long before it made its way to Britain.
Bingo made it to France towards the end of the 18th century and the French elite grew quite fond of it in the next decades. Nowadays there are a lot of standard bingo halls in the French capital where you can play bingo every evening. One thing that’s typical for Paris is Bastille Day Bingo which takes place every year on the 14th of July in memory of the French Revolution and the attack on Bastille prison that took place in 1789. One thing that’s specific about Paris and Parisian bingo is that you need to yell ‘King’ when you hit bingo and not ‘bingo’.
If you look at any list of top cities, regardless of the topic, New York will surely be on it. So, it is hardly surprising that New York is also one of the best cities for bingo fans.
The Fifth Avenue bingo hall is one of the fanciest and most popular New York bingo venues. It opens every evening at 6pm and the most interesting thing about it is that there’s table service, so you can get your food and drinks without any interruptions to the game.
Le Poisson Rouge Bingo Hall is located on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village and you can enjoy a game of bingo with a cocktail in your hand. If you are a fan of the funky sound you will enjoy the standard DJ sets at this venue.
Despite the fact that London is the largest city in the UK and its capital, Glasgow has often been called UK’s bingo capital due to the popularity of the game in Scotland’s largest city.
Carlton bingo hall in Partick is one of the most famous bingo halls located in Glasgow’s West End. The place is sometimes referred to as the effs (F&F), since it used to be called that when it was just a dance hall. Then there’s Buzz bingo located on Hawthorn Street and this venue opens at 11am. There are few Mecca bingo halls for more traditional bingo fun. Finally, there’s the Hillhead Bookclub where the Lady Balls Bingo takes place.
Skin-Care Rules to Always Follow When You Travel
With the holiday season nearly upon us, most of us are hit with a bout of wanderlust. Traveling will take us to different places, and these places likely have completely different climates from what we are used to. Nobody wants to have a skin breakout or any other type of skin problem during vacation. To prevent this problem, this article will give you Skin-care rules to always follow when you travel.
Every time you step on a plane, your skin is exposed to a whole different condition. You are plagued by stale, dry, circulated air that can do wonders to your skin (in a bad way, of course). And that is just your flight. Your actual vacation can be a nightmare for your skin. From weird hotel products to bad sunscreen, to stress from forgetting stuff at home or from family members and a host of other problems.
Thankfully, there are things you can do to keep your skin looking great despite the challenges of travel.
- Drink Water…a lot of water
Staying hydrated is extremely important. Being hydrated inside and outside is one of the most important skin routine tips at all times, even when you are not on vacation.
The switch from a hot to a cold climate or from a hot to cold climate can cause skin dryness and irritation among other things. Even the air on the plane is dry and can sap all the moisture from your skin. Therefore, make sure your drink a lot of water. That would keep you hydrated inside.
For your skin, you should liberally apply moisturizers to keep your skin looking radiant and beautiful.
- Use Sunscreen
Next to staying hydrated, sun protection is one of the most important routine for your skin type. While travelling, you should be extra diligent about your sunscreen.
It might sound strange, but you should apply sunscreen even while on the plane. Why? Because you are in a metal container 10,000 feet close to the sun. In fact, you are likely to get a sunburn while in a plane than on the ground. You might want to close the shades, but others might want of view. Hence take precautions and apply the sunscreen.
When you are travelling, it can be easy to forget to use sunscreen, or you might run out of sunscreen. You can go the extra mile by setting a reminder on your phone either to use sunscreen or buying a new one before the current one runs out.
- Use Minimal Makeup
During your vacation, leave out heavy foundations and other heavy makeup products. If you are traveling to a location with extreme weather, your makeup will wear off fairly easily. This not only leaves you looking silly, but the heavy makeup can clog the pores of your skin and result in breakouts.
If you choose to use makeup at all, use breathable makeup. Preferably it should be water-resistant and offer protection from hot climates.
- Take your facial cleanser and moisturizer along with you
To keep your face looking great even in extreme climates, your facial cleanser and moisturizer are very important. The daily cleanser helps to clean impurities on your face, while the moisturizer will feed your skin with the important nutrients required to keep it healthy during the duration of your trip.
- Use trusted products
Trying out new products is fun, but you should be very careful doing this while on vacation. The change in climate is enough stress on your skin. If you add new products to your skin, you might be increasing the stress on it. Invariably, this might lead to skin breakout and other issues.
Therefore, stick to what your skin is familiar with. When you go back home, you can try out new products. To make it easier to keep using your familiar products, you can buy travel-sized versions of your moisturizer, lotion, cleanser and other stuff.
- Have a medical emergency kit
This should contain smoothening calamine, aloe vera potion and other things that can be used in case of skin emergencies.
To enjoy your trip, no matter where that might be, follow these skin-care rules. Your skin will thank you for it!
Meet Cole and Adela
We have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...
New on Four Jandals
What Are You Looking For?
- Adventure Travel (218)
- Africa (25)
- Asia (28)
- Auto (1)
- Business (2)
- Canada (2)
- City Guides (24)
- Education (2)
- Europe (176)
- Events (2)
- Fashion (1)
- Fitness (1)
- Food (15)
- Health (1)
- Home (1)
- Inspiration (11)
- North America (49)
- Oceania (31)
- Other (219)
- Personal Musings (8)
- Reviews (15)
- Technology (4)
- Travel Blogging Tips (9)
- Travel Tips (195)
- Work (1)
- Europe2 months ago
Four Jandals Visits an Amsterdam Peep Show
- Travel Tips3 months ago
Things to do in Prague (that have nothing to do with beer)
- Technology3 months ago
Is framework actually the new programming language?
- Travel Tips3 months ago
Top Things To Do In Miami This Summer
- Travel Tips3 months ago
Things to Do While Visiting a New City
- Travel Tips3 months ago
3 Reasons Why Abu Dhabi Needs to Be On Your Travel Bucket List
- Health2 months ago
Sleep Deprivation: The Biggest Reason For Mental Stress
- Travel Tips2 months ago
Dogger-Lust: Finding Places to Stay for You and Your Dog