Business and Bulls


My name is Olivia, I’m English and in England I study Spanish and History, therefore I’ve had to spend a year in Spain studying and working. I chose to come to Valencia for 5 months of it and I’ve loved every second. In Valencia I’m studying a course in Business in Spanish in Enforex . The course has given me a lot of new information that I will be able to use in the future, and I’ve also got to meet a lot of new people from different parts of the world! The good thing about this course is that it finishes at 1.30, so I have the rest of the day to enjoy myself here and do everything that I want to do. There is definitely a lot to do, the city is full of different attractions and depending on what you like to do, there’s loads to explore and do.

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It’s always great weather in Valencia (this makes it a great place for us foreigners!). As well as my studies, trips, days on the beach and exploring the centre-which is beautiful- one of the things that has been interesting to me is the Bullfighting.

Bullfighting is a controversial topic all over the world but above all, here in Spain. When we arrived at the Bullring there were loads of protesters shouting `you’re an assassin´. I was worried but it was important that I saw a Bullfight once so that I could decide for myself how I felt on seeing a Bullfighter kill a Bull. It was interesting by any means. The outfits, customs and tradition were really interesting and I can now understand why this ´tradition´is such an integral part of Spain’s history. Furthermore, the Mataderos, Picadores and Banderilleros were really talented and their precise actions were almost beautiful.

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I was interested to see the event take place and the bull die, I thought it would happen more quickly and more humanely, however it left an impression on me. In conclusion, I’m glad that I went to see a Bullfight once. Many people say that it’s an art form, and to a certain degree I can understand why they think like this. I didn’t know before how I would feel and I wanted to see a Spanish tradition that is so important and controversial. I now understand why it’s banned in many parts of Spain. I don’t know if the protestors will succeed in banning Bullfighting. I think that the tradition is too deeply buried in the mentalities of many people.

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In my business class we´ve learnt about how a Bullfight helps the economy and also how it works as a business. One has to appreciate how the event works and also the business part that it brings with it. The day was both shocking and interesting and I think it will help me a lot with my course here in Enforex.

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