Friday, 19 September 2008

The Efteling: Theme-Park

I always thought that it would be fun to go to an amusement park with friends [after all it's supposed to be 'amusing']. All the times I went before were with family. There just so happened to be one very close by to Tilburg [Kaatsheuvel], and one of the largest and most popular themed-parks in The Netherlands; one of the leading theme parks in Europe; and one of the oldest theme parks in the world! It is called The Efteling and it appeals to both young and old with its cultural, romantic, nostalgic and fairy-tale themes and its variety of amusement rides. [No, it really is themed; you hear this fairy-tale music everywhere!]. So a group of us from IMMIT got together and decided to visit the park. The weather was lovely, the entertainment was end-less, and the day was in all enjoyable, worthy and awesome to the max!

There were a rides ranging from simple and romantic rides, the fairy-tale garden/forest where we saw most of our favourites like sleeping beauty and snow white; to brutally scary rollercoaster rides. I have to admit that I was pretty scared at the beginning, with my fear of heights and all, but at the end of the day, I felt like I had overcome my greatest fears. The thing is with roller-coasters, is that they look scary and big, but most of that fear comes from not knowing what is coming; as long as you take it once, the second time becomes a trill, and you keep on wanting more and more, like a drug-user, except you become a trill-seeker. Also you come to realise that it's only for about 30-40 seconds.

So at the end of the day, I was a rollercoaster-expert, waiting for the next freefall event, we even took the Python rollercoaster [with three 360 degree loops and 1 full twist] 4 times! The Flying Dutchman was good too, a mix of a rollercoaster ride and a water-ride, ending with a huge splash into water! It was a tiring but also relaxing day, spending time with people you know, just strolling through the park, and we did end up covering most of it [although it's huge].

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