Bulls Before Breakfast Running With the Bulls and Celebrating Fiesta de San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/30/2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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Ever since Ernest Hemingway popularized the fiesta de San Fermín with the publication of The Sun Also Rises in 1926, the world has been enthralled with the concept of running with the bulls. For millions, running with the bulls remains on their bucket list, and for Hemingway fans it is a lifelong dream. For Peter N. Milligan, it is a way of life. Part memoir and part travel guide, Bulls Before Breakfast recounts Milligan's many adventures in Pamplona, Spain. In his dozen years of visiting the fiesta de San Fermín, Milligan has run with the bulls over 70 times and accumulated stories both thrilling and terrifying.

Bulls Before Breakfast is the definitive guide to Pamplona, its famed fiesta, and the surrounding Kingdom of Navarra. It is also a memoir of two brothers running with the bulls and exploring every corner of the city, the countryside, the mountains, the beaches, and the famed restaurants of the Basque hinterland. The book focuses on local knowledge, and the hidden mysteries of this closed, private culture and community. Milligan has slowly pried open this trove of secrets over the past twelve years, all while refining the art of getting between the horns of a massive, perfect Spanish killing machine, el toro bravo, and running for his life.

Author Biography

PETER N. MILLIGAN graduated Rutgers University School of Law - Camden with a Doctorate of Law (JD) and founded the Law Office of Peter N. Milligan, Esq. in 1996, where he has represented more than 2,000 clients. Peter has traveled much of the country and the world. Peter has run with the bulls over 70 times in Pamplona, Spain over 12 years. The annual fiesta de San Fermín is his all-consuming passion. Peter resides in a suburb of Philadelphia with his wife and two sons.

Table of Contents

Map of Encierro Course
Introduction – Brazos en Jarra (our Pamplona family)
Chapter 1 – Breakfast After Bulls (a perfect day)
Chapter 2 – The Running of the Bulls (this is what it is)
Chapter 3 – Burnin’ Daylight (getting ready for Pamplona)
Chapter 4 – Etxea (history of the San Fermín Fiesta)
Chapter 5 – Charlie Don’t Surf (philosophy of running)
Chapter 6 – (Cobblestoned) Street of Dreams (a daily plan)
Chapter 7 – The Other 23 Hours and 57 Minutes (what do we do all day)
Chapter 8 – A Side Trip into My Blue Heaven (leaving the fiesta behind sometimes)
Chapter 9 – The Feria del Toro (the bullfight)
Chapter 10 – Dining Like a King (dining in the Basque country)
Chapter 10.5 – A King’s Coffee (A separate chapter?  Yes, it’s that important)
Chapter 11 – AS-204/Apollo 1 (surviving a serious injury)
Chapter 12 – From Here On In It’s Frank Sinatra (why we return)
Let’s Agree on Some Terms

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