This has been an interesting summer. Interesting because i got to celebrate it with my extended family and friends. Last year wasn’t so much fun because i was preggos and mostly uncomfortable throughout. It was either too hot so not so exciting to move around and try out life threatening adventures like we did this time, or I was just exhausted cos of sleepless or insomnia filled nights. I always ran out of sleep at exactly 4 am and could not go back to bed till morning.Argh that was annoying. I was lucky if i could sleep in the day but that hardly ever happened. Anyways, back to this summer.
We had planned to have our church wedding since early Jan. (As most of you know, i used the family reunion visa to relocate, after having done the civil/AG wedding back in Kenya). So we started sending out invites early enough so those able to come can start saving/plan their off days and vacations to fit in our day…hence family and friends around. We are glad all went well. The planning was exciting. It wasn’t a biiiiig wedding like the normal ones we have back home with about 200 guests. I think at the most we had 30 people( on the extreme higher side). At the church about 20 and a couple more who came to party with us at home. The wedding was lovely. We had lots of fun. The deco was also very great. My schwiegermutter has the eye for deco… so she did an amazeballs job. I could just get a couple ideas from Pininterest and she knew exactly how to incorporate. It worked well.
So with our guests, after the wedding, we had planned a couple of activities for a week , where we could take them around. we were also looking for some stuff that i hadn’t done and then we stumbled upon Phantasialand. MY GOSH, i dunno where to start. It is an adventure park..for adults! Ofcourse it has alot of activities for kids too but most of the stuff i would say is for adults…and only those with steel hearts.
The park is located at a place called Brühl, lucky for us it isn’t so far from Duisburg. We had to get there early in the morning, at 9:00 we were there cos its a tourist destination with people from as far as Belgium and Netherlands, so one has to rise pretty early to beat the long queues. The gates already open but to get to the rollercoasters, one has to wait untill 10:00, when they officially let revellers in after conducting the various test drives. We got there in good time so all was ok. The entrance fee is 47 euros and that entitles you to everything in the park. That’s why it’s also good to go there very early so you can try out as many activities as one possibly can.
We went straight to the new roller coaster at the time(July) called the Taron and I think I have mixed reactions towards it. While waiting to hop in, my pal Mary kept asking me why i wasn’t scared about it and i was all confident asking her what’s there to be scared about. She had gone to the rollercoasters in Dubai and she knew exactly what she was talking about. It was my first, so ofcourse i was like, aaah, it’s no biggie yo.. or so I thought. Wueeeeh. Those speed things are a death sentence. One can easily get a heart attack. 100% not for the faint-hearted. While up there all i wanted was for it to end man. whoever came up with the speed of lightning definition had that in mind. I almost lost my glasses. I’m just lucky they fell on my hands. That thing was fucking fast. Then you kinda feel like you would be thrown off. The rails are way up there in the air, it’s like you are in heaven man. Then they include some crazy ass sound and light effects, the whole program. Twas terrifying i must say. People with height phobias would die when they got there for real. I remember i was completely trembling after disembarking, i had to sit for a couple of minutes to come back to earth.. and i kid you not.
Anyways, besides this ride, there were ofcourse others, there were also some water roller coasters, which were less terrifying. unfortunately after queueing that long for one of the rides and even after getting into, our ride had a technica hitch after like 3 minutes in it, and we had to be ‘rescued’ in the middle of it, lols.Thank God we hadn’t gotten into the wet bit. Although we were already ready to get completely submerged, lols. They have full body dryers, heaters but they aren’t really effective. good thing about the summer, walking around drys the clothes. Next time we know to carry the water-proof covers for bags/fones etc, although there are lockers around the park but then when will you take the pics you know… Vanity will kill us 😉
Then there was this one that i just had no balls to go to. Then thing would flip guys up in a 360 degree turn, then there was fire and water being spit up from below, so you would be suddenly dropped and then just before you hit the ground fire spits off those monster effigies. My gosh what was that, hahahha, not sure about this kinda fun. I found this abit extreme but then again, it’s actually fun…for other people, hahaha. Wish i was i could share videos here, cos i’m not sure i can explain it perfectly. I literally dreamt about the whole experience. Not sure if it was a nightmare or just a normal dream. Hmmm
There was alot less scary activities and fun too. Twas a great experience nonetheless.
On another day we went to Cologne, and saw the Kölner Dome, the gothic Catehdral. Pretty breathtaking.
Our itinerary included the Rhine and also the Lindt chocolate factory at the back but unfortunately it started raining heavily we couldn’t make it to the other side. We had to run across cologne pushing our tods on prams, lols, it was quite funny. It wasn’t really cold but yea..rain. Kids were actually playing and swimming in the small fountains, lols. Think i would’ve jumped in too if i did not have young man with 🙂
Then ofcourse we went to Netherlands. We don’t live so far, about an hours drive or less to Venlo. Shopping is alil cheaper there, of course for some things, not all. Then would’ve enjoyed more if we were weed smokers but yea…
Then the historical Xanten town was also a highlight of the holiday
For a week i think we tried. We defo also had to hang out with family then add in a couple days we had to nurse hangovers, lols. Twas great.
This is to us Mary.May we celebrate many many more holidays to come and ofcourse may we drink to many many more sun-downers. ❤
Ps, some pics above were taken by Mary.
Think it would be an abomination not to attend our football games. Our local team, MSV-Duisburg rose to the second Bundesliga, which is very exciting. People really love their football around this side and that love is extremely contagious. It’s always thrilling in the stadium though, a little addictive too. The choreography, singing and dancing around…EPIC!