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The bullring in Ronda is one of the oldest and most venerable in all of Spain. Underneath the seats (opposite the business end, where the bulls are kept) is a museum of bullfighting. A few years ago, a film was made here of Carmen, with Placido Domingo.

Ronda Bullring
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I went through a Hemmingway stage. After I read Death in the Afternoon, I felt a slightly horrid fascination with the idea of bullfighting. I saw a bullring from the outside in Portugal and got a bit of a shiver from it. So the bullring in Ronda intrigued me.

The entrada to the Ronda bullring and museum of bullfighting is a bit steep (10 euros), and Craig balked. I said, no way was I going to travel all this way and not see the Ronda bullring because of a few dollars. He came with me.

At first, I was taken with the yellow packed dirt and the circle of seats. But when I got inside and began to see the chutes and ropes, I had a somewhat sick feeling. It felt like I was taking a lighthearted tour of a death camp. Craig said it was animal cruelty pure and simple. I was glad we went, but I couldn’t help feeling the same.

The next morning, we drove to Jerez en route to Sevilla. Jerez is wine country - sherry country to be precise. But instead of visiting the bodegas, we headed for the Real Escuela del Atre Ecuestre!

Next: Jerez de la Frontera

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