Jim Coudon, For The Baltimore Sun
October 2, 2011
My wife and I live in Bel Air, MD. Last September, we enjoyed a ten night vacation in several historical locations in Spain. We had pre-purchased tickets for a bull fight on our very last night in Madrid at the historic 25,000 seat Plaza de Toros. A typical bull fight consists of six bull fights,with three matadors fighting two bulls each. The entire bull fight or "au corrida" usually lasts between two and three hours. I was lucky enough to have my camera to my eye during the first bull fight of the evening when this particular matador¿Äôs day took a sudden turn south. After a fifteen second skirmish, which probably seemed like an hour, the bull was distracted by ring assistants long enough to allow the matador to escape without serious injury. Although badly scraped, bruised and second guessing his career choice, he was able to stagger off under his own power, but was unable to continue. While bull fighting has become increasingly controversial, it is still widely popular throughout most of Spain, and Spaniards consider it an important part of their cultural heritage.