It’s virtually impossible to put my experience today into words. So, I’ll do my best to show you via video.
Let’s start with the obvious. I’m in Bunol, Spain for the La Tomatina Festival. I’ve always wanted to do it and it just so happened my vacation coordinated with the timing of this event.
All i knew going in was it was a tomato fight. People forgot to mention the 4 hour waiting in the sun on crowded streets.
If you are claustraphobic, this event is not for you. I have now seen multiple people hyperventilating CLOSE UP and i was freaked out just watching them. If you don’t like crowds and tight spaces, do not go.
Now that we got the disclaimer out of the way…
It all starts around 9am with a bunch of idiots trying to climb up a greased pole to get a ham. Yep, you heard that right.
There is not enough alcohol in the world to get me up that pole or anywhere near those boys fighting each other and the greasy pole. And for those of us incentive based, want to know what the lucky guy who get’s up the pole wins? the freaking Ham hanging off the top & of course the notariety!
Once the ham has been had, you head over to get in line for the tomatoes. Let the fight begin! Or at least that’s what we thought. But then, this happened.
that’s right, you pretty much just stand there while people in that truck throw tomatoes at you.
Let me say this, after waking up at 6am, waiting around in crowded streets for 4 hours (Tip: get there by 9am or they won’t let you in the city) and then being in a stampede only to see this truck throwing tomatoes at us, we were all very disappointed and had pretty much decided the whole thing was a bust.
But then a great thing happened. A street fight broke out. Think water balloon fight with tomatoes. It was kind of awesome really. It all eventually ended up looking like this:
Thousands of people getting pelted with tomatoes. It was insane. And for me, totally worth it.
Here’s what I learned:
1. If you have a IPhone people will purposely throw tomatoes at you while you are trying to film. Basically, b/c they are jealous that you are awesome and bought a waterproof case so you can document this event, you are now a moving target and will get hammered.
2. A tomato thrown hard to the back of your head hurts.
3. Tomato juice in your eye’s burn.
4. It is possible to get tomato bits down your actual ear lobe and find them after you shower.
All that being said, it was awesome.
To quote my friend “this is like Gasparilla confined to a 4 block radius”. Those in Tampa will know what that means.
Definitely not for everyone but I’m glad i did it.