Seville - Day 2 - After moral dilemma all day, went to a bullfight
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Well I went back and forth on this all day, but I ended up deciding that I would go along and watch the bullfight that was on that night. It's not something that I was going to go out of my way to see but sure enough on my last night in Spain posters were up everywhere advertising a 6 matador line up for the evening so I guess I took the chance while I could. I'm not even really sure now that I can justify it, since I was aware of what I was going to see, and having now seen it, it's not pleasant. I guess it's just one more perspective of life that I've seen now.
I'll spare you some of the more graphic details since it really isn't all that nice, but what's most fascinating is the reaction of the locals. There are little 3 month old kids taken along, little 3 year olds cheering along with their dad. A standing ovation and hankies waved for the matador that succeeds with the quick kill, apparently this also gives him the right to ponce around the ring for a lap of honour, being sure to thrust the hips forward as if to prove he has a twig and two berries ;) Needless to say we weren't the only ones appalled when when a kill wasn't quick.
Well it's been in Spain's history for several hundred years now, and is considered more of an artform than a sport but quite simply....I don't get it