Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Bloggers Unite in San Fermin!

Well, it's over and we survived. We didn't fall off the city wall, have our fingers bitten off by someone trying to steal our lunch, or propose marriage from the bullring. All those things did really happen, but thankfully not to us. What did we do? We had fun. You can read all about my San Fermin experiences in the blog section over at Fiestas de San Fermin.com (the web page set up by the Diario de Navarra).

Except for one thing.

This story I saved for my own blog, because it's the most interesting thing that's happened to me during the fiestas. I finally got to meet a fellow blogger, which turned out not to be as weird as I thought it would be. The whole idea of meeting people that you really only know through a blog is kind of strange, but not really any stranger than meeting people at a party or a bar, I guess. We probably know each other better than a lot of people who see each other at work every day.

Erik's blog is one of the ones I read regularly, ever since he left a comment on one of my posts over a year ago, and curiosity led me to check him out. He turned out to be an American in Spain, just like me (except for the obvious sex difference, of course). Over the past year I've watched as he prepared his wedding, went on his honeymoon, and shared lots of other tidbits about his life in Colindres (I'm really jealous of that beach he has just near where he lives). Hey, I've even watched his cactus flower online. But, until last Sunday, I hadn't met him in person. He and his wife, Marga, decided to come over and spend a few hours in Pamplona to enjoy the fiesta, and we managed to hook up and have a drink together.

Paqui and Primi, the first friends we ever made in Pamplona, came along and we had a nice relaxing drink at the Caballo Blanco. It turned out that our friends are from the same town (tiny, tiny, tiny town, according to Erik) that Marga's grandfather is from. Life is full of funny coincidences like that. Anyway, we had really great time and the afternoon was over before we knew it. Just before Erik and Marga left, we took some pictures to commemorate the event, and yes, to blog about it later (if we didn't we wouldn't really be bloggers, now would we). Stupid me, I forgot to bring the camera, so the only photo I have is on my cell phone. And I lost the driver for my bluetooth dongle (for some reason this always makes me think of Long Duck Dong from Sixteen Candles...weird, I know) when our computer got screwed up. So, no pictures today. But Erik has proof that we really did meet, and I don't know what he did, but you can hardly see my braces, so I'm doubly pleased. He also has some other brilliant San Fermin pictures up that give a nice flavor of what it's all about.

Anyway, Erik and Marga, we had fun and I hope we won't have to wait for the next San Fermines to do it again.

16 comments:

  1. Hi Theresa, I have really enjoyed all your articles on San Fermin. While reading them I had great memories from when I was there during San Fermin. I especially liked the last night with the candles then and you wrote so nice about it now.Great that you met Erik and Marga,what a small world! I went to Erik's blog and enjoyed all his nice pictures. How wonderful to see you and the girls on that blog too.

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  2. So this is where my traffic spike is coming from today! :-)

    Ditto right back at ya, of course.

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  3. I met up with a fellow blogger recently, but strangely, I never got around to posting about it. Hmm. Nice blog Eric.

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  4. I met up with a fellow blogger recently, but strangely, I never got around to posting about it. Hmm. Nice blog Eric.

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  5. i've had the fun of meeting 7 other bloggers and each experience has been a real delight. so glad you had the chance to find out how nice it can be too. also glad your fingers are intact and we didn't have to call all the king's men and all the king's horses.

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  6. "no more yankee my wanky...the donger needs food..." I use that Sixteen Candles Line all the time when I'm hungry. I drives people nuts! ha ha

    See, not all bloggers are weird like me!

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  7. I'd love to meet some bloggers in real life but I never had the chance...

    Looks like you had fun!

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  8. Hey Theresa - I just thought I'd leave a note for you to let you know I enjoyed reading your blog entries about San Fermin over at the Fiestas de San Fermin page.... I've never actually had the opportunity to be in Spain for San Fermin so it was nice to live vicariously through your experiences. Talk to you later! -Chris

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  9. We're going to have to put out a milk carton for you, huh? You should drop by this week, I've got something special cooked up...

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  10. You wouldn't want to meet me in real life. I'm 12 feet tall and made out of cheese.

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  11. do you think all bloggers are weird?
    or just abnormal?
    it's an interesting group,
    bloggers,
    for the most part they are
    extraordinary individuals.

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  12. HI THIS IS DANIEL A SPANIARD WHICH LIVES IN PAMPLONA AS YOU DO TOO.

    I JUST SAW YOU & SINCE I HAVE FAM IN SPANISH FORK , UTAH & SAN DIEGO CALI I WANTED TO MEET YOU SINCE THERE AREN'T MANY AMERICANS IN PAMPLONA.

    TAKE CARE! SEE YOU AROUND!

    THIS IS MY E-MAIL: danieulate@yahoo.es

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  13. Sounds like it was an awesome time! I did see the picture at Erik's website and you and your family look lovely!

    I've never met a fellow blogger. Must be a cool experience...

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  14. I, too, have that feeling that it would be weird but thrilling to meet a fellow blogger. Every meeting I've read of, though, is tremendous and wonderful (or at least painted that way for all readers!).

    I've missed you, luvie.

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  15. Still no post? You're slower than the U.S. Mail!! But warning to you: You are starring in my meme movie. Look for the post this Thu (8/7). I'm so, so sorry for you...

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  16. Hello, sorry I haven't visited in forever! So cool you met a fellow blogger.

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