I remember visiting a bull years ago at a farm owned by my first wife's cousin. It was in a stall and never moved. With no exercise it would develop that wonderful marble of fat so prized by beef eaters.
Recently, there has been some attention to what football does to the brain, but most of that is ignored by the fans.
Metaphorically, football is war.
Here is a fine Hemingway on bullfighting
THE BULL FIGHT
FIRST THE RING ITSELF
Here we are as we get ready to enter the bullring in Madrid
Dew and Mari
Paco and Mari
Here is a view of the surroundings from inside.
Before the fight we looked down at the picadors and the horses being readied for the event.
And the show begins:
Novillada con Picadores
A novillada con picadores follows the exact same structure as a corrida de toros but features bullfighters, usually younger in age, that have not yet achieved the official rank of “Matador de Toros”. The bulls in this event will be between 3-4 years old. Depending on the exact age of the bulls the size difference between these animals and the ones used in fully fledged corridas can either be gradual or very apparent. Going to a novillada can be an interesting experience as often, what the performers lack in polish and routine, they make up for in eagerness and willingness to make a name for themselves. A novillada in a big reputable ring with well-regarded and up and coming performers can be of equal or better quality to a good Corrida while on the other hand you are also more likely to see inexperienced performers struggling with controlling the animals.
Mari knows when the tickets are cheapest and she kept watch for the right time and bought them for us.
There were six bulls killed by three matadors and their teams, and most of the show was clearly below standards even for this gringo.
Los Novilleros were:
I like that.
I have come to have an increasing aversion to crowds.
Also the weather was great for me. It was overcast and rainy. Not hot sun.
There are novillados without picadors. Those would be fine with me.
Perhaps I will get their perspective on my next trip to Spain, which will be with Elizabeth to Barcelona.
Unless I give in to temptation and do another solo trip before Elizabeth and I go together.