Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Koh Phi Phi: Rock Climbing & Tight rope walking

I laid in bed till 1:15pm very hungover before getting toasties from 7/11 and heading to my rock climbing session. It was £24 for half a day including lunch and water. Nobody else had booked on the lesson so it was a one to one session in the end. The guy who took me, Book, was so lovely and spoke perfect English! He was so friendly and welcoming, he also was encouraging and helpful during my climb when I was knackered.

Walking to the site of the climb was a mission in itself. Up a load of rocks to get to the big rock to actually climb... It was scary and probably more dangerous if I had fallen there than when climbing. He taught me how to co troll the ropes so I could support him whilst he went up and set up the climb. 

It was a great experience. I wouldn't be in a rush to do it again any time soon as it tired me out so much I was in agony. After my first successful climb, my arms were physically shaking I'd been using them so much to pull myself up! I had to take a rest after, then eventually tried another one... I got stuck half way up, and tried for ages to get beyond this one point, but I couldn't find a place to put my hand so was getting very frustrated. After about 30 minutes I was aching so much I had to come down. I decided to call it a day because I knew my body would hate me for doing more, and I didn't want to be in pain for the next few days. My energy was just gone.

Instead of saying 'ok, let's end the lesson, cya', he offered to take me to meet his friends to learn how to tightrope walk at a bar he does fireshows at on the beach. I had such an amazing time with all of the locals failing miserably at walking! It was so difficult that even holding someone's hand I could only get a quarter of the way across. Finally, on my last try, holding guys hand I managed to make it all the way across. It really helps when the rope is wobbling to bend down slightly. Also, to keep focus on ahead instead of your feet as this puts you off balance! 

On the way back to the hotel I was in such a good mood skipping and singing along thinking about what an amazing day I had. When I got back, I went out for a pizza by myself then went to bed for a little bit before waking at 10pm and heading down to see Book and his friends performing their fire show on the beach. Book was absolutely amazing, his friends were in the semi finals of thailands got talent with their fire dancing. It's amazing how fearless they are. Book taught himself.

The young boy I had been tight rope walking with earlier got me up on the stage and spun fire around me. It was totally petrifying and I wanted to run away. The heat was so strong and scary! 

The thing I've noticed and loved about Thailand is that because all the kids can't afford technology, they all actually play outside. They were tight rope walking with us, and hey spin fire too. They have so much fun on the beach doing all sorts of things.

Anyway, today gets a 5 out of 5. Best day I've had in what feels like forever! Nothing went wrong. 

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