Friday, February 22, 2008

no knitting at the bullfight

Bullfight at the Plaza of the Bulls in Bogotoa Colombia
but first a disclaimer: read no further if you're offended by entertainment that includes killing large mammals. I'm in Colombia, I said I'd give the Corridas a try. I’ll do most legal things once. Unless they involve tiny airplanes or eating raw tomatoes.

At the last minute I decided not to bring knitting to the bullfight arena in Bogota last Sunday. Turns out once you sit down in your little tush space on the stone steps in a crowd of 50,000 at the Plaza de Toros , you do not have enough elbow room to knit. Not even socks! Plus, it was amazingly riveting. I wouldn't have made much progress, anyway.

The crowd was worth watching too. Most brought their own beverages in your basic handy wineskin.
Bullfight at the Plaza of the Bulls in Bogotoa Colombia

Bullfight at the Plaza of the Bulls in Bogotoa Colombia
Pom-poms. It seems they are soo in with the bullfighting elite.
I'm not sure who these folks are but I was told if I clapped when they clapped we couldn’t go wrong. Plus, they had the verrry good seats.

Bullfight at the Plaza of the Bulls in Bogotoa Colombia
Bogota must be the World Capital for Shawl Wearing. And I mean stylish shawls. Many handknit. Yet, I'm told knitting is not very popular at all . Everyone seems to have one freiend who knits , but I've yet to meet her. Or him.

There was public playing of castanets, at the most dramatic point, when the orchestra struck up the final famous bullfight tunes. Ole!


pacalaga said...

I personally think bullfighting is cruel, but you gotta love a culture where the manliest of men are decked out in cow patty hats, bolero jackets, tight pants, and a ridiculous amount of gold braid.

Cookie said...

Gotta love a man in tight shiny pants.

kathy in juneau said...

I was so excited to see you had a new post and eagerly came to the blog to hear about your trip and see your photos. But I'm stuck at "or eating raw tomatoes." I knew there was a deeper reason I liked you! I don't eat raw tomatoes either!!

Sheila said...

Great pictures! I hope the trip's a blast and can't wait to hear/see more about it!

the Lady said...

I too was stuck at not eating raw tomatoes - wait, who doesn't eat raw tomatoes?!

Sunflowerfairy said...

I can't wait to hear more stories!!!!

Wow. A real bull fight.


Mia said...

I grew up with the Corridea del Toros. I miss it so. we used to go all the time when we lived in Spain. But to many do not realize that is an important part of the Latin culture and heritage.