corrida de toros.

19 Oct

This past Sunday, I had my first bullfight experience. I never really felt compelled to go before, but when a friend visiting from the states suggested it, I figured I´d check it out. I´m not exactly the biggest animal lover, and while I thought it´d be disturbing, I couldn´t rationalize being in Madrid for a solid amount of time and NOT seeing it.

It ended up being a worthwhile experience – artful and interesting, and definitely inhumane. One thing I didn´t expect was how rhythmic the bullfight itself was. I´ll spare you PETA supporters the details, but there is a set routine for each ¨fight¨ and the matadors give ¨showboating¨ a whole new meaning. Additionally, the matadors where amazingly lavish ¨trajes de luces¨ that glisten under the lights, creating a pretty distinct juxtaposition between their actions and appearance.

We spent a total of about 2.5 hours, and saw 6 bullfights. Some were more impressive than others, and all of them were intense. While I´m not going to be creating any die-hard fan groups, it is something I´m glad I witnessed, at least once.

2 Responses to “corrida de toros.”


  1. mash-up twenty-ten. « That's G - December 30, 2010

    […] In October, I started my job at Colegio Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, spent a day in Segovia, went to a bullfight and showed my friend Brian around the city, was a ladybug for Halloween, and planned some trips. Oh, […]

  2. my 7 links. « That's G - July 5, 2011

    […] my most controversial post: corrida de toros. The controversial nature of this post makes sense – last October, I went to a bullfight at […]

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