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Does anyone know they are going to attend San Fermin 2008? Myself and a friend are looking at making the trip from Paris, and were wondering if anyone had any tips for how to plan/how to get there.

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You really have to go, it’s amazing.  I went this year and had a great time.  I flew into Bilbao, and got a bus to Pamplona from there.  A note, there is no currency exchange the airport, I found out the hard way.  I stayed at the Hotel Andia, it's a couple of miles outside of town, but nice.  If you you want to run, it's difficult to do(the police do everything to discourage you or large crowds), but truly worth it.  After 4 days of trying I got to run sfter I realized you have a god shot if you start at the front. If you have any questions feel free to email me [email=ewhard01@gmail.com]ewhard01@gmail.com[/email]

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Its never too early to think about San Fermin!  Greatest thing ever!  Its expensive to stay there, but we found a really good hotel room about 10min city bus ride from the main action (which isnt a big deal at all, could have walked it and the bus came every 5 min).  I dont know what your plans are, but if i were to go again, the first night Id just shell out for a hotel room.  Its costly but not that bad really.  Then the next night after getting in, settled and oriented on the first day id just party and hang out all night and pull an all nighter and go without a place to sleep.
 
Another great plan is staying in San Sebastian. It was about a 1hr bus ride for like 5 euros and was a great drive.  You can pretty much commute between SS and Pamplona if you wanted to, but the running is so early in the morning you cant really stay in San Sebastian and make it to Pamplona in time to run.  If you have tonnes of time stay over 1 or 2 nights in Pamplona, then just chill in San Sebastian and go back over to the fiesta now and again if you feel like it.
 
As for travel I know theres at least an overnight train from Paris to San Sebastian, we met a few people who did that.

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I am not planning on running, just going for the party and to see what Hemingway was so excited about. Money is everything, so what are the cheapest ways to sleep and eat? Is everything super expenisve food-wise or is it a more open community? Is it a city-wide party or are there specific venues which charge for admittance? How high is the pickpocket density? We will be 18, does that change the situation?

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I’m in the same boat as you.  I am very excited on the festival this year and will also be coming from Paris.  Still un-decided as to where we are going to stay, and definately going to make it out for the run at least once. 

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I’ve been practicing with me neighbour’s sheep. Yee-haw watch out fo’ me linebeard now

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I am also trying to be in Pamplona for the fiesta de San fermin (running of the bulls) but had a question. I cannot stay for the entire week and was wondering if which days would be best. 2-3 seems to be my limit and I was wondering if the beginning middle or end is the best time to be there.

Please help!!!

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what are the starting and ending dates of fiesta de san fermin. and whens the best time to go
 

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It is never too early to plan a trip and if anybody is looking for a relatively cheap deal (remembering accommodation is very expensive during the fiesta) Then the Pamplona Posse have some spaces on the 13th and 14th, the last two days of the fiesta available. If you want to know more then drop an email to [email=pamplonaposse@hotmail.com]pamplonaposse@hotmail.com[/email]. The other alternative is to work for the Pamplona Posse, if you are interested in that drop then an email asap. Of if you are looking to sort out accommodation in the heart of the party and want a balcony space to watch the bullrun then get in touch with the Pamplona Posse, if you have the pennies to spend, but it is expensive. Check out the website www.pamplona.co.uk

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me and 2 friends are going from the 10th to the 14th. Wondering if it is safe to sleep in the park at night during san fermin?

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I will be in Pamplona this year, directing a indie documentary. I was also there last year, to examine how to film the fiesta.

The very cheapest way stay in Pamps it to lock up your gear in the luggage locks at the mercado. I am uncertain of how many lockers are available – and whether other locations for lockers exist. If you’re staying for several days, you can use the public showers on the historic part of town- and you can sleep nearly anywhere- except the urine-soaked, glass-ridden trial along Jaraunta.

Another very cheap way to stay is to bring a tent – and set it up along the North Wall. I saw several groups during this last year. They were neither crowded nor messy. You camp on nice grass.

NUTMEGACETONY08- You might want to look at setting up your tent there. I am not sure what park you are talking about.

There is also a campground about 10 minutes out of town. The ‘running of the nudes’ group always stays there. If you’re around on the 5th, you can watch naked people stroll along the run route- to protest animal cruelty. http://runingofthenu…

Food and drink (from the restaurants and bars) is very expensive. Buy a bota (wine skin)- and fill it w/ sangria or vino that you buy from the market- or at the small beverage shop near the corner of Mercaderes and Estafeta. You can buy food from the town market, which is near the intersection of Curia/Mercaderes/Estafeta.

ON DATES: I believe that if you can only do 2-3 days, you should go 6th-7th or 6th-8th. The sixth and seventh is typical the most crowd (and rowdy- and festive). The opening ceremony (Txupinazo) and the hours of mayhem that follow are SIMPLY UNRIVALED. For the madness, 6th is the best day. Then, on the 7th, you get to see all the religious processions – the encierro and the bullfight. Pobre de Mi is a very nice event on the 14th, but it is (by definition) anti-climatic. If you can not attend on 6th or 7th, I guess 13th or 14th is a good alternative. Also, it is best to view a bull run (spectator) the day before you attempt to run. If you do not know what you are doing, you will likely make things more difficult for veteran runners. You will be a hazard to others.

The dates of Sanfermines is 6th (at noon) until the end of the 14th of July. The bull run (encierro) takes places every morning, starting on the 7th- at 8am. The run typically lasts 2-3 minutes, and covers 800 meters.

If you need additional help, please feel free to contact me. I offer free advice – and if you like, I also offer balcony spots (for a fee). As I mentioned, I am a documentary filmmaker – and I have a fairly good grasp of the town. I can offer advice on directions, events, history, bull run techniques, et cetera. Feel free to hit me up at: bull@balconyspot.com – and (if you like) feel free to check out my website, http://www.balconysp… .

I have an apartment reserved for Sanfermines 2008, right along the run route- where I will be setting up a small studio for my documentary. I am looking forward to another great year. I hope my advice helps someone.

Also, check out: http://www.sanfermin… – for the official source of basic information.

Take care. Dennis

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Thanks for the advice it helps a ton. If i stay at the campsite out of town that you said was 10 mins away would it get old traveling back and forth and would i walk the distance or have to take a bus there.

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I’ve just bought my tickets and the current plan is to be in Pamplona on the 6th, that night, and then the 7th most of the day. My friend and I will be taking the train in from Barcelona. What route should I take (i.e. via which cities), when should I try to be in Pamplona on the 6th, how do I get out of there on the evening of the 7th, and is it crazy to refrain from booking a hostel in the assumption that we can either stay out all night or just crash in the park? (we’re both 18, one guy, one girl) Finally, what precautions should we take with our stuff? We’re each going to be carrying one backpack.

Thanks for all the help you’ve given so far.

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If anybody out there is looking for the Ultimate way to do the fiesta for virtually nothing, then one solution is to sign up as ground crew for one of the tour operators. There is no pay, but you get free accommodation, lots of booze, bullrunning with the experts and balcony views of the bullrunning, plus there are wicked parties most nights. If you want more information about these positions then send an email entitled “Ground Crew” to [email=groundcrew@pamplona.powernet.co.uk]groundcrew@pamplona.powernet.co.uk[/email]
 
There are only a few positions so get your act together asap

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If you guys are still looking at that campground, it is a bit far. Some large groups organize private buses to go back and forth. You can book private transport through www.limutaxisl.com (site is up and down, so be patient) or talk to some of the other housing and balcony vendors in town to see what they can arrange. We’re doing a fund-raising project for charities in Latin America this year, so we’re bringing large groups and are working with a new company called NavarVIP. Let me know if you want me to get you a quote.. they are very responsive and (I hope) reliable. We’re seeing some good deals for hotels at the running of the bulls now, so try the link and see if we can help you. Totally depends on how far out you plan. If you get desperate, we also have some floor space and cots we offer to people who are really nice to us. Wink Our fundraiser is called “Run with a Purpose” and 100% of proceeds go to economic development in Latin America. If you’re in the market, we’d appreciate your business. Here are some of the product categories that we offer: balcony in Pamplona, Running of the Bulls Opening Ceremony, Pamplona Bullfight Tickets Since San Fermin is more popular than ever, the homeowners are quite proud of their places, which makes it expensive for all of us. If the stuff we’re offering through the fundraiser is too expensive, shoot me an email at info@pamplonahousing.com or a comment and I’ll see if I can direct you to some less commercial options that can still solve basic needs like eat, drink, sleep!

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