So I have told y’all what my thoughts were on La Tomatina. Now I would like to give you some tips on things that I kept wondering that hopefully will make it easier for you if you go!
To goggle it or not goggle it?
One of our biggest concerns was getting tomatoes in our eyes. My question was though should I waste money on goggles or just wing it. Well here is the honest truth. They were both helpful yet useless. The only time they helped me at all was when the big trucks would pass by and throw/chunk tomatoes at you from above. When they come by you are being squished by 1000s of people and are using your hands to stay up and alive so you cannot use them to protect yourself. When the trucks would come by I would put on my goggles and use them to protect my eyes/face from being hit directly with tomatoes. Once they pass people spread out and you are back at throwing tomatoes after a while though you will have tomatoes on them and in them. You will not be able to see a damn thing from them so they are useless. In the end I’m glad I took them because they also helped me protect my glasses. Don’t bring them in advance you can buy some like the ones I have above for 4euros at the beach.
To shoe it or not shoe it?
In case you are coming directly to La Tomatina from home and not backpacking around the world you will probably be smart enough to bring a pair of shoes you will want to just throw away at the end. If you are like most backpackers coming from some time on the road you may not have that option. What I would recommend doing is going down to the beach and for 4Euros you can get a pair of these shoes. They worked PERFECTLY… not once did they fall off and the entire time you get a real feel of how deep you are in tomato gunk since it is open and everything will just flow in. After it is over rinse them off to use them to get home and then at home you throw them away.
To early it or not early it?
One of the questions we kept wondering was how early we needed to arrive to the train station to make it on time to get a great spot in the fight. I think we figured that out. We left out Apartment at 5:30am and arrived at the train station before 6am. When we got there a small crowd was already there. However a few minutes later tons and tons of people arrived and as you can see from the picture above the line to get on the train got LONG. Depending on where you are staying I would recommend getting up early enough to get to the train station before 6am. Also be sure to find what station you need to leave from. In our case the Main Station was line was being worked on and not in use so we had to meet at St. Isidre Station.
To middle it or not middle it?
If you leave on the 1st train out to La Tomatina you will most definitely be able to get a great spot for all the action. The most action is going to happen in the middle of the long street the fight occurs on. How do you know where the middle is? You will see the greased ham pole. If you are lucky enough to be within eyesight of this you are going to witness humanity like you have never witnessed them before. I warn you though… that the wait before the fight is also going to be one of the most uncomfortable waits of your life. You are in the middle as 1000s of people around you are trying to get to the middle as well and are all pushing each other to see everyone climb the pole. In the end it is 100% worth putting up with misery for an hour or two or three to see it all happen. Then when the fight starts you will see the trucks arrive about 20minutes after it starts and you will be in the middle of the largest food fight in the world. Fucking awesome experience.
To camera it or not camera it?
My biggest dilemma more than any of the above was do I bring my digital camera or not? I had already broke 2 cameras (1 got water in it and the other Volcano Boarding in Leon, Nicaragua) did I really wanna break a 3rd one? I weighed the pros and cons and in the end made the decision that I would be more angry if I didn’t bring it and didn’t take picture then if I did nothing happened and I got pictures. The only precautions I took for my camera was wrapping it in 2 ziplock bags. I bit the corner of the bags off so I could put my camera string through it to make sure it was around my wrist the entire time. I will warn you will be able to take pictures before and after easily. During the fight you will have to move to a wall and man your post as you try and capture antyhing. The shots wont be amazing but well worth it. I’m so glad I took it. In the end nothing happened to it & I got over 300 pictures of La Tomatina.
To white it or not white it?
This is easy… YES YOU WANNA WEAR WHITE!!! When you arrive you will see it’s like a big WHITE PARTY. I loved it… at the end everyone painted red and looks like a hot mess! If you don’t wear white wear a light color shirt like mine (light green) that you can trash afterwards. If not go to H&M they have 5euro shirts. Yeah I was going to buy a white shirt there, but instead bought a purple one that I could use in the future and thought I would use a shirt I wanna get rid of. So yeah one shirt in one shirt out…lol!!!
In the end I ended up throwing away my shoes, my shirt and my goggles. I didn’t mind at all cus they were cheap and helped me out during the fight. These are just some of the major things I was wondering about before Wednesday night and attending the biggest food fight in the world. These are just some of the tips I thought I should share with y’all. Don’t hesitate to contact me or email me or comment any questions you may have. I will always be more than happy to help anyone out. Oh & before I got let me give you the most important tip of them all.
MOST IMPORTANT TIP OF THEM ALL: They do have luggage/bag storage for you there at the fight, but I would recommend to not bring anything. It’s much less hassle. I only brought my camera and 40Euros. That is all you really need. So no need to stress about what to take or not to take.