Soo, this weekend I went to London! And London took me ‘Up at the o2’! Up at the o2 is basically .. walking across the o2 which I bought boyfriend for Christmas. We tend to buy each other experiences for birthdays/christmases/anniversaries etc. I feel so happy right now, in terms of life and I have everything I could possibly need or want, so experiences are a perfect present. By this I mean beautiful food, gigs, climbing over historic landmarks .. you get the idea. So here’s how it went ..!
So we arrived at the o2, ready to head the heck up it, have a gorgeous dinner and see the one and only ‘Skyfall’ (which is AMAZING by the way). It looked terrifying from the bottom. For me, someone who is mildly nervous of heights, I was pretty freaked out. Next we signed into ‘Base Camp’ where a mental video greeted us with lots of interesting facts and what we could expect. We headed into a changing room to get dressed, in our totally fetching boiler suits! I also grabbed the walking boots they had on offer, which I would definitely recommend .. so much better grip!
Next was heading up. I was totally freaked out by the Carabina thing, and couldn’t even really work it .. sometimes boyfriend had to do it but I managed, and before I knew it .. we were up! The actual walk way is suspended above the tent canvas and is kind of like a massive bouncy mat .. with no sides! I thought that bit would be scary but I loved it. Walking across it, knowing you were safe, but not completely feeling safe (sort of like a roller coaster) was really exhilarating.
At the top, gosh it was just beautiful. I purposely timed our walk when the sun was setting (I googled it and everything, romantic huh?!) We had a gorgeous view of Canary Wharf (which I had funnily visited the day before on a Geography field trip, so it was really interesting) and of the Emirates air line, but I must admit I was a teeny tiny bit disappointed with the lack of the view of the City. Being a geography student, I probably should have realised that the way the Thames bends, we wouldn’t have but ah well, it was still beaut. Complete with a cheeky plank too, of course ;)
The way down was doubly scary as the way up, the gradients just kept going up and up and up, so the way down was getting steeper and steeper and steeper, I couldn’t handle it! I will admit I took a minute or two to have a tiny cry and compose myself, the guide was brilliant though, professional but such a lad too. And after a wonderful hour, I touched the ground again! It really was incredible, and only £22 on a week day. I really would recommend doing it, so so special.
So do it guys, get out there, fall in love with life (haven’t said that in a while!) and get up the o2!