My thoughts on La Tomatina!

La Tomatina is a festival I had dreamed of going to for years. I remember when I was in my cubicle at my old job reading about it and telling myself “one day I am going to be there.” I didn’t think much of it because we say that often, but never really make it happen. Well as I started planning my RTW trip I knew I had to include a few things; my brothers wedding in Playa del Carmen, my best friends wedding at home, gay pride in Amsterdam and La Tomatina in Spain. They were things I could not miss while I was traveling the world and well now I can say I managed to do all 4 of them.

A shot of Ali, Val & I before La Tomatina then a few minutes we got separated. Ahh we were so!

This one was a bit different thanks to Twitter a few Travel Bloggers actually got together to plan a meet up in Valencia to make sure we did La Tomatina together. This planning started months ago. In the end only 4 of us were certain we would make it and decided to rent an apartment for a week in Valencia. It was Val, Ali, Andi & I that made it (you can click on link to go to blogs) to La Tomatina.

I assume everyone should know what La Tomatina is, but incase you don’t here is a brief description. La Tomatina is the largest tomato fight in the world that occurs once a year in Bunol, Spain on the last Wednesday of August. The origin of the festival is not quite sure they believe it started around 1944-46 by a few locals for unknown reasons and every year it got bigger. Now instead of giving you a detailed play by play of what happened by writing it all I am going to list my thoughts from beginning to end on that day. Some will have times next to them, as I know what time they occurred and other won’t, but know they happened in that order.


4:45am “Ahh my alarm it’s to early and I got no sleep since I stayed up till 1:30am trying to watch Kelly Clarkson’s live stream premiere of her new single. Just a few more minutes.”

4:50am “Okay I am up… EEEEeeeee time to get dressed cab will be here at 5:30am”

5:30am “Yay we are all out the door cab is there waiting for us. Off to the train station we go”

5:50am “Oh shit a long line already at the train station.”

6:10am “Wow the line behind us is long as hell, so glad we got here when we did.”

6:45am “Yay we got seats on the 1st train and we are heading to Bunol.”

7:30am “Holy shit so many people are here already wow this is going to be crazy. Now it’s time to find where the fight is going to happen.”

Greased Ham Pole and the crazy crowd.


8:40am “Looks like we got a good spot we are right in the middle and in front of the greased ham pool”

9:05am “Fuck it is getting crazy packed.”

9:25am “EEEEEeeeee PEOPLE are CLIMBING THE POLE. Oh man this is awesome. People are crazy.”

9:40am “What the fuck… people are throwing beer and water bottles along with flip flops at the people climbing the pole. Ahh people are stupid.”

9:45am “Okay this is getting out of control it is too packed.”

“Oh look someone threw a broom at the people climbing the poles”

“Oh and now someone threw a dustpan at them”

“Oh and now someone threw a yoga mat at them… where the fuck do they get these things from?”


10:10am “It’s starting to smell and this is very uncomfortable. This is just not cool… I’m not having a good time.”


10:21am “Oh fuck they are body surfing him around the crowd. I am getting smushed.”

10:22am I tell Val & Ali “I just want to come out of this alive. This is fucking horrible.”

10:30am “Yay they are throwing water at us from above… that will help cool us down. Ahhh it feel so good.”

10:55am “Okay 5 more minutes I’m ready to get this over with and done… I am miserable right now. Why am I even doing this?”

11:00am BANG “Yay the shot was fired the fight has begun.”

11:15am “Um I have not seen a single tomato. This is the stupidest thing ever what the fuck?” (Ali leaves me and Val she needs more space).

11:20am “Oh shit the trucks are coming right down the middle of the road.”

11:22am “Yay they are throwing tomatoes at me. Woohoo I got one… I want more I want more.”

11:25am “OMG VAL where did you goooo… I can’t see you… Ugh I lost Val… damn it.”

This was taken maybe 10 minutes after the fight had ended. Here you can get an idea of how red the street was turned into because of all the tomatoes. During the fight though it was at least a foot deep of tomatoes.



“FUCK I KEEP GETTING HIT… NOW IM ANGRY…” I got wild and throw tomatoes at everyone.

Me in the middle of the La Tomatina fight while it is going on. My favorite picture of the entire 300 pictures I took.


“Okay time for a break let me get to the side… I’m tired of thinking I am about to die in here.”

“More trucks are coming… fuck they keep hitting me in the face… thank God I have my goggles.”

“Okay time to get back in the fight.” I go crazy again.


“Wow this is so disgusting…but oh well I’m loving it”

12pm BANG “Aww the fight is over.”

Yeah this is what my hair looked like after the fight... lol fucking awesome!

12:05pm “Why are people still throwing tomatoes? I’m ready to get out of here”

12:10pm “I’m gonna slow down… I see cute men everywhere. Yum….”

12:30ish “Yay I found Val again.”

12:35pm “Thank you god for letting me and my camera survive this… I loved it.”

Me at the end of La Tomatina! Oh man I fucking loved it.


Now I will just write what happened after the fight. Shortly after I found Val we also found Andy but Ali was no where to be found. Val & I were so damn excited that we did this and enjoyed it a lot. We were also away from the crowd and can have our lil photo shot with my camera outside of the 2 ziplock bags. Took a few photos and then went on the search for Ali. We found Ali she didn’t enjoy it as much (neither did Andy). We then were on a mission to rinse off, find food, and other things we needed before heading home.

I my self was about to pass out too, but I managed to get this shot of everyone just exhausted on the train on the way home.

On the way home you could see everyone was just exhausted and past out on the train. We finally made it back home and all showered rinsed off & for the next few days still found pieces of tomatoes around the house and our bodies…lol!!! All in all I must say La Tomatina was one of the most horrible uncomfortable moments of my life along with one of the best most amazing moments in my life. You have to know that something you have wanted to do your whole life may not be 100% amazing, but you have to role with the punches and enjoy it anyway. Now that it has been over a week since I did it I must say it was just down right amazing and glad I did it. Now I know I do wanna do it again and will be better prepared. I will also help y’all be prepared if any of you ever do it. My next post will be “My Tips for La Tomatina”. Now the comes the scary part… for my 1.5-2year RTW trip… I only had these 4 things planned and now I have done them. This means I have no more set dates for the remainder of my RTW trip. That is pretty awesome, but yet scary at the same time. So have any of you ever done La Tomatina what were your thoughts on it? Do any of you wanna do it? Would you do it? Let me know bellow.

What did they think about La Tomatina?

Val’s thoughts – “#24: Throw tomatoes at La Tomatina

Ali’s thoughts – “Tomatina – Part 1” “Tomatina Part 2

Andy’s thoughts -” Tomatina: Seeing Red in Spain

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  1. ahahahahaha… you told it like it was! hilarious! The anticipation, the waiting, the WTF are they throwing now, and finally the big tomato fight! What an awesome experience!
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  2. I WILL do this one day – and I’m sure Shaun will be trying to climb the damn pole for the ham. 😛 Looks like you guys had a BLAST!
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    • Oh yes y’all must Erica it is just awesome!!! As for Shaun doing that let him know not ot do it. It seemed like torture people climbing over each other ripping each others clothes off and fighting oh & falling on top of each other. I felt sorry for those people… I don’t want Shaun to get injured.

      • Erica, ditto on what Jaime said. We constantly saw people stepping on the person’s head below them in an effort to climb that damn pole. And re-read that part about things being thrown at the climbers. Shaun does not want to get hit by a full beer can or a broom. Interesting to watch, but looked painful to participate.
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  3. This post was epic! Awesome story telling LMAO! Loved the fact that ppl kept finding random shit to throw!
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    • Glad you enjoyed it Jodi. I thought this way would give people insight on how it really feels to be there. I know I was like how the hell are people getting these things. So strange.

  4. OMG it was so much fun! And I’m not just saying that ’cause I got lucky 😉

    And you lost me too much that day!
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  5. LMAO @ FUCK I KEEP GETTING HIT… NOW IM ANGRY…” I got wild and throw tomatoes at everyone.

    Looks like you’re having a blast!

  6. LOL at the timeline! La Tomatina looks fun yet exhausting! Here in the Philippines, we also have some festivals wherein people will just pour water at you even if you’re just an innocent citizen hehe 😀 Would love to attend to La Tomatina soon! 😀
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    • Mica it was fun yet very exhausting. You should try and attend it one day its just amazing. I had never heard about that festival in the Philippines… I’d love to know more so I can attend it one day. That would be fun & I am sure less messy then tomatoes.

  7. Ahhhh that sounds like so much fun and so much stress at the same time!! I must do this someday!
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  8. We look so hot in those goggles 😉
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  9. Cracking up reading your post!

  10. Ha ha, love the train shot! Yeah, Isn’t it weird to dream about something for years and then be there? That is me with Oktoberfest, and I loved it so much I went back twice! Glad you had fun bro!
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    • Yeah by the end of it Scott we were all like robots… just making our way home…lol!!! It is weird wanting to do something for years and then doing. Ahhh I so wanna do Oktoberfest one… I bet that is insane as well. I can only imagine all the drunks everywhere.

  11. I love the photos that you took (smart idea with the zip lock bags!!) and you have to show us all 300 one day 🙂 The photo of you, Val & Ali with the goggles is hilarious.

    As for things to plan in for the remaining time on your travels: definitely include REUNITING WITH DANI & JESS IN INDIA IN MARCH!! 🙂
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    • Thanks Dani, yeah I had to take my camera I would have been pissed if I had none. Ahhh & yes damn it that is write… for sure we are reuniting in INDIA… I can’t wait!!!

  12. Classic- Thanks for sharing the experience!
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  13. Haha, this sounds amazing. But I would defo be terrified! I’m not into getting squished in crowds. Love that pic from everyone on the train. And love the quote ‘I’m getting smushed!’
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  14. I’m doing it this year even if it’s the last thing I do. To get all gooey with juice all over my face is a dying wish of mine. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your images for a while.

    • Jaime Davila says:

      Oh you will love it & hate it all at the same time. It’s amazing… yeah it’s awesome. Glad you can live vicariously through my images… you will be living it soon! Let me know if ya need anything.

  15. Haha! This is awesome. I just finished a post on locals’ recommendations for La Tomatina, enjoy!

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