• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

The Flying Bull

August 10, 2007

The Granada bull run is a very emotional event. The crowd, which one second can be relaxed and festive, drinking beers and talking to neighbors and friends, quickly becomes manic when the word spreads that the bulls are coming.

Realizing how volatile the crowd atmosphere is, many young pranksters send false alarms by screaming that the bulls are coming and running down the street, sending a wave of panic and fear through the crowd as everyone scrambles to get out of the way of the invisible stampede. When people realize it was a false alarm, the screaming turns to nervous laughter, as the crowd goes back to drinks and light chatter until the next false alarm.

This can go on for hours before the bulls are actually charged through the streets.

As if the day weren’t intense enough, last year’s bull run was spiced with an extra element of danger, when one of the massive bulls made an unexpected turn off of the main street of Real Xalteva and into XaltevaPark, where dozens of people were watching the bull run from what they thought was a safe distance.

The bull’s presence in the park – almost literary like a bull in a china shop – sent people running and screaming in every direction, not sure where the bull was or where it would turn next.

Several astute cowboys charged on horseback into the park after the bull, and managed to drive it through the parting masses and toward the eastern side of the park, where it proceeded to jump off a six-foot high flight of stone stairs, flying completely airborne toward a group of spectators scrambling to get out of its way (you haven’t experienced panic until you see, out of the corner of your eye, a two-ton bull flying through the air toward where you are standing).

The bull cleared the sidewalk and landed on the street in a full belly-flop, with spectators running in every direction, hysterical by the fact that charging bulls were now in front of them, behind them and – for a brief terrifying second – in the air above them.

Miraculously, no person – or bull – was hurt.

You may be interested

Panama to receive reduced first batch of Pfizer vaccines
Latin America
1850 views
Latin America
1850 views

Panama to receive reduced first batch of Pfizer vaccines

AFP - January 20, 2021

Panama on Wednesday will receive its first 12,840 doses of Pfizer's vaccine against Covid-19, a much smaller shipment than expected,…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Tuesday, January 19
Costa Rica
16126 views
Costa Rica
16126 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Tuesday, January 19

The Tico Times - January 19, 2021

Costa Rica registered 958 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, January 16; 508 on Sunday, January 17; 363 on Monday,…

Costa Rica honors U.S. Ambassador as term ends
Costa Rica
3417 views
Costa Rica
3417 views

Costa Rica honors U.S. Ambassador as term ends

The Tico Times - January 19, 2021

The Foreign Ministry of Costa Rica this week awarded United States Ambassador Sharon Day at the conclusion of her diplomatic…