We’ve all heard the legends about Ernest Hemingway. The man who blazed across Europe, breaking women’s hearts and men’s jaws. Yes, he was a fighter, a lover, a man who chased his dreams. No one is saying he was easy to live with, but no one can doubt the genius that flowed out of his mind and onto the page. In one of his most celebrated books, The Sun Also Rises, it was both Paris and Pamplona, Spain that affected Hemingway so deeply. Reading the pages, it’s easy to see that this was a man who liked to live on the edge.
Written in the 1920’s, The Sun Also Rises draws inspiration from the heart-thumping excitement of Pamplona’s San Fermin festivals, culminating in the ‘running of the bulls’. Nearly a century on, one can still retrace the steps of Jake Barnes (the novel’s protagonist); the scenery and culture of this southerly corner of Europe continues to inspire.
We’re not suggesting you gallivant across Europe, dueling, breaking hearts, waging wars and penning masterpieces – though you could we simply suggest experiencing the essence of these places. The freedom of Paris, where fashion, style, beauty and love swirl into an intoxicating perfume; or the adrenaline inducing running of the bulls where Hemmingway satiated his thirst for adventure.
Marvel as the fiesta around the running of the bulls brings people together, sharing local wines, and partake in the atmosphere of both excitement and trepidation. It is inimitable. It is a sensation that will never leave you, as it never left Hemingway. This is life on the edge, and pushing yourself to the furthest reaches of familiarity is the purest way to learn about yourself.