jueves, 10 de noviembre de 2011

With Hemingway

In this picture you can see me with Ernest Hemingway. We are in a cafe in Pamplona, the capital of Navarra.

The picture was taken last summer, when I spent my holidays in the lands of Navarra. Last year I went to La Rioja and this year I travelled a little further.

Hemingway was an important American writer. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature and he belongs to the “Lost Generation”. He loved visiting Spain. Every year he participated in the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona. He wrote the book “Death in the Afternoon”, where he paints the festive atmosphere of the bull runings and the city. His testimony has made Pamplona famous in America and throughout the world. Thanks to his stories many tourists from all around the world come to the sanfermines.

When I visited Pamplona this summer, I went to have coffee in the same café that Hemingway frequented, the Café Iruña, which is next to the Hotel La Perla, where the writer used to stay. Café Iruña is in Castle Square, which is the most central place in Pamplona. Castle Square is next to Estafeta Street, which is the main street of the bull route during the enclosures.

While on holiday I strolled along the Estafeta Street and the rest of the bull route but wher are no bulls behind me.

Pamplona is a bustling town during the Festival of San Fermin, but for the rest of the year it is a quiet town. Its climate is pleasant. It has many public parks; they are large and always green.

The look of its people as they walk on the streets suggests that the living standard is high. There are developed industries and a service economy. It is also a city of culture; we can see it because there are two universities.

This cultural city attracted the attention of Hemingway and the writer remained here forever, converted into a bronze sculpture.


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