I am in my third week in Pamplona, and I am loving it. This city is amazing: full of life, history, and surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
Upon my arrival in Madrid, I was warmly welcomed by some family members. I spent that weekend in Madrid and then took off for Pamplona on Sunday afternoon. When I arrived in Pamplona, the day was cloudy and it was raining; big difference from the scorching heat in Madrid, but not for long. Still jet-lagged, the next day in Pamplona, I awoke to a bright and sunny sky. The temperature….the same as Madrid, and so much nicer than back home. That Monday we started with a tour of the beautiful campus of la Universidad de Navarra and went over what was to come in the next four weeks.
Here I am in the third week, and I can say that so far I have had the opportunity to explore and do some shopping in “el casco antiguo” (the old city), sun bathe in the beaches of San Sebastian, walk through the remains of two castles, have a crepe in Biarritz, France, and even run with the bulls of San Fermin (through a simulation).
I am absolutely in love with this city. Here are some pictures; the pictures do not suffice the beauty of being in the physical presence of these sites.
l-r: Royal Palace of Olite (a town in the outskirts of Pamplona); one of my two “runs” with the bulls; el Ayuntamiento de Pamplona (city hall); me in the Plaza de Castillos (downtown)