La Tomatina 2009
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August 26th, 2009 – by: dmedic1
Once 11 o'clock came around the trucks started rolling through the narrow crowded streets dumping piles of tomatoes every 100 yards or so and within minutes, tomatoes where flying all around. Earlier I had scoffed at the vendors who were selling swim goggles around town but now I regret not picking a pair up. The tomatoes if not properly squished can cause some pain as I found out by getting beaned directly in the face not to mention tomato juice in the eye stings. I had been standing on some steps which made me more visible to the crowed, therefore a target. The guy next to me was wearing half a hollowed out watermelon on his head as a helmet. Smart fellow. The guy on my right was shielding his girlfriend who was in tears and crying to go home.
I had placed my point-and-shoot camera in a plastic bag with a slit cut for the lens to pop out but unfortunately the moisture still got into it and quit working on me just a short while into the fight. I was really bummed because the pictures I've posted don't do the event justice. At one point I was ankle deep in water and squished tomatoes.
Over all, despite being hit in the face multiple times, I really enjoyed my time a La Tomatina. I would highly recommend it however I would warn that it is not for the weak or timid. Think mosh pit at a heavy metal concert but with tomatoes! Goggles are a must too!!
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