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  1. Kaley [Y Mucho Más]
    September 18, 2013

    Why are the tomatoes from Extremadura not fit for eating? (Just curious.)

    Thanks for the write up! I doubt I would ever do this, but it’s interesting nonetheless!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      September 19, 2013

      It was one of those, ‘well, why not?’ moments when I booked the flight! It was fun, but I probably wouldn’t do it again. Did you go to the Toro festival this year? I saw it on the news and thought of you.

  2. Trevor Huxham
    September 18, 2013

    They use tomatoes from Extremadura because they’re rotten/overripe, right?

    Anyway, this looks like a just, plain fun thing to do—thanks for sharing your experience of it! ^_^ (Hardly good, “clean” fun though heheheheh)
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      September 19, 2013

      You’re right – the tomatoes can’t be used because they are bruised or overripe, so they get thrown instead. THAT is why I stunk so much after the event!

  3. Rena
    September 18, 2013

    Ah, come on Cat, I want to go with you next year! It has always been on my bucket list, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’m going to keep this blog as it seems to have seriously good advice for when I do, thanks. See you in October, besos.

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      September 19, 2013

      Looking forward to it – I’ve got something for you! Enjoy the beach while you can.

  4. amelie88
    September 19, 2013

    I’ve always been on the fence about whether I’d actually want to do this. But it sounded like it was a lot of fun! Loving the goggles.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      September 19, 2013

      I always was, too, but when the moment is right…!

  5. Jessica of HolaYessica
    September 19, 2013

    Haha that looks so much fun! I’ve wanted to go to the Tomatina for the past 2 years but I haven’t been able to either year. Hopefully your tips will come in handy next year!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      September 20, 2013

      It was fun…you’re close, so no more excuses!

  6. wanderingeducators
    September 30, 2013

    LOVE the outfits!!!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 1, 2013

      Have to rep your hometown!

  7. Kate @30Traveler
    September 30, 2013

    lol at the goggles. I don’t think I’m fun enough for these kinds of festivals. Ive been in Thailand during Songkran but I’m not a bit fan of chaotic and messy!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 1, 2013

      It’s not a festival I want to go back to, honestly. Oktoberfest, yes. But the Tomatina was one of those things that kind of happened and I rolled with it!

  8. Michael
    October 1, 2013

    Now you got me thinking about tomato ice cream. I’ve had mushroom and lobster ice cream so I think tomato ice cream would probably be pretty good!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 2, 2013

      It wasn’t bad at all! Would be great at a stuffy restaurant as a palate cleanser.

  9. The Barefoot Nomad
    October 1, 2013

    I love that you did a Decathalon run for this. We discovered Decathalon when we were in Spain, and I’m still missing it. Sigh. Such great deals.

    I would LOVE to go to this festival. Looks like so much fun :)

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 2, 2013

      I saw loads of kids, so I would definitely take them! Who doesn’t love a food fight?!

  10. Melissa
    October 3, 2013

    Part of me thinks that looks like fun, while the other part of me thinks I’d hate it! The pinkish photos are a hoot!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 3, 2013

      Yes, I still feel that way about it. I had fun, I threw some rotten fruit, and then I went home smelling. Not keen on doing it again, though!

  11. Lillie – @WorldLillie
    October 3, 2013

    I’ve always been fascinated by this festival but have never been, so love seeing these photos and hearing your account!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 4, 2013

      It’s funny how it resonates with an American’s image of Spanish fiestas!

  12. Terry at Overnight New York
    October 4, 2013

    Wow — what an amazing experience. But will you ever want to eat spaghetti with tomato sauce again?
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 4, 2013

      I had NO problems eating more tomatoes! It’s one of my favorite foods.

  13. Marina K. Villatoro
    October 4, 2013

    How much I want to go there. Just curious do small kids participate around 4 years old?
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  14. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    October 7, 2013

    Thanks for the great insight into the the Tomatina Festival. I always wondered what it was all about. I’m relieved to learn that the tomatoes can not be eaten. I hate the thought of wasting food.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 8, 2013

      Oh, Mary, if you smelled the tomatoes, you definitely wouldn’t eat them! I reeked of rotten veggies for a while!

  15. Maria
    October 8, 2013

    Wow!!! That thing might be crazy!!! I have never been there, but it has to be an incredible experience. I’ve been told though, that people there are most from overseas visiting the country. Is that correct?? Are there Spaniards too enjoying the party??
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 8, 2013

      You’re right – most of those visiting are foreigners, but there were some Spaniards, as well! We mostly saw Japanese and Australians, and quite a few other Americans, too!

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