Living on the Edge

cn tower3The first city we visited on our trip to Canada and the States this summer, was Toronto. Somehow, we were not feeling jet-lagged, and after waking up at 6am on the Monday morning, we decided to head into the city, and see some sights. I visited Toronto nearly 20 years ago, when I was visiting my best friend. She lived in the city for three years when we were teenagers. So I had been up the CN Tower, but I loved it, especially the glass floor! So Mum and I headed there, and went up the tower. There was a new feature, whereby you could actually be harnessed up and hang off the edge of the outside of the tower. cn tower4Of course, that did not appeal to either of us in the slightest! Instead, we enjoyed lunch overlooking the city, and took a zillion photos, and lay down on the glass floor.

 

Afterwards, we left the tower and took a zillion more photos from underneath it. I was playing around with my big lens, and realised something. I could see a tiny person hanging off the edge of the tower.

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My first thought was – what a nutter! Why on earth would you hang off the edge of the CN Tower? Why would you pay a lot of money to hang off the edge of the CN Tower? Then I realised that actually, when I was 13 years old, and I was jumping up and down on the glass floor, over a thousand feet in the air, I felt amazing. Like I could do anything. And if I felt like that standing safely inside on the glass floor, how amazing must it be to hang off the very edge, with no net, just a strap holding you onto the building.

I imagine that after that, things seem easy. I had the same invincible feeling after doing a firewalk in 2013. I was utterly terrified, but I felt so amazing afterwards. Like I could tackle anything.

More people joined the person on the edge, each putting their arms out wide, like they were flying. I took this photo of the five of them, and indeed, if this picture is of you, I have lots more pictures, so get in touch and I’ll send them to you! (It was May 16th, at 1:50pm)

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What about you? Is there something you have done that has made you feel like you could handle anything from that point onwards? Is there something that terrifies you that you wish you could do? Maybe you have done the CN Tower thing, if so, let me know what it was like!

All Aboard the Hogwarts Express!

Greetings Muggle!

I had planned to do a blog series about my recent trip to the US and Canada this summer, and then a friend and I challenged each other to doing the 30 day blog challenge again (I did it in January 2015, and it was fun!) so it seemed like a good idea to do the series throughout September. I had also planned to do the series in chronological order, but because I am a bit (ahem) of a Harry Potter fan, and it’s the 1st September, it only seemed right to blog about our trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in LA.

I visited the theme park in Florida in 2012, so I had an idea of what to expect, but it was still so very magical! There were new features in the LA park, which were a lot of fun! Despite her reluctance to go, Mum had a great time too!

This will mostly be a photo post, but I also want to share some of the things that happened. If you have yet to visit and you plan to soon, feel free to skip this post, I don’t want to give too much away!

20160616_112211The conductor of the Hogwarts Express was really quite chatty, and when I mentioned I wrote books he suggested I check out books by Newt Scamander… I really love how everyone who works at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is in character! I also love the soundtrack music being piped out throughout, it really does make you feel like you’re strolling through Hogsmeade on a day trip from Hogwarts. Speaking of Hogsmeade, I love Honeydukes, the Owl Post and the wonky chimneys!

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We went on the Hogwarts ride, and Mum didn’t like it at all! I loved it, and found that if you don’t mind skipping the stuff inside the castle, and you’re riding alone with no stuff, you can skip the queue and basically go straight on the ride! While Mum watched the Durmstrang and Beauxbatons perform, I went on the ride another three times in quick succession!

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We of course had to have Butterbeer in the Hog’s Head. The frozen version is still so much better than the drink version! (Take note, Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour!)

There’s so much more to share from our magical day, and soooo many more photos, so I will do another part to this post in the next few days!

Happy September 1st!