Active + Adventure

Aggro-Tourism: Stress-Busting Vacations

by Jason Harper

STREET FIGHTS IN NEW YORK, GREECE, AND ITALY

Street fights are usually something we try to avoid while on vacation, but they are a surefire way to get out a little aggression. For the benign and bloodless version, check out flash mob events (set up through Facebook and elsewhere on the Net) like the Pillow Fight Club, where like-minded individuals meet up and whack at each other with weapons of fluffy destruction. There's even an International Pillow Fight Day, which takes place in April in cities across the world—thousands have attended New York City's event, leaving behind only feathers. Yet Europe seems to have dibs on the messiest events: During Clean Monday, a holiday each March in the coastal Greek village of Galaxidi, residents shower everybody and everything with thousands of pounds of sticky, colored flour. And there's no equivalent to the red drama in Buñol, Spain, on the last Wednesday in August, when the entire town becomes the arena for a full-scale food fight. Tomatoes are the name of this messy game (and of the event itself, La Tomatina), and the specimens are big and overripe. The splattering lasts about an hour, but in that time, truckloads of the squishy stuff are unleashed.


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