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Riaza Festival

We stopped for lunch in Riaza, Castilla, north of Madrid.

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The town bunting was up and the town’s people were in a holiday mood. As it turned out when we asked over our lunch of delicious fried squid and patatas the bullfighting festival was on with a big fight coming up next week.

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The town itself was built and grew up around the bullfighting ring by the looks of an old black and white aerial shot in the bar.

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Despite the history and depth of bullfighting in Spanish culture I, surprising myself, wouldn’t want to go. A younger, more naive, me would have. The perspective of a different nationality perhaps, but I just can’t link the glorification of death with a spectator sport.

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And then it was back on the road

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