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My birthday adventure: a day at the cirus

01 Oct My birthday adventure: a day at the cirus

Once upon a time, not entirely unrecently, I had quite an adventure of an experience. It was my birthday, and nothing particularly special was planned. I was planning to head out to my parents house and spend the day, and the morning was just going to be a bit of laying about and being lazy. My fiance, however, had other plans. In the interest of surprising me, we piled into the car, and headed on down into the big city. Driving into the city is always an adventure, right? Little did I know what she had in store for me today.

After about a half hour of driving, we had made it past down town and into the industrial district of the city. I had no idea what to expect, what kind of birthday surprise could be down here, among all of the gritty business and blue collar workers? The gps navigation stops us, and I look around. A giant wooden building streams into the sky above us. We have arrived.

I step out of the car and stumble towards the building, looking for signs of what exactly I am looking at. There is no signs of identification anywhere. We turn down an alley behind the building, and thats when I see it…. a van sporting the logo of the business we have arrived at: TRAPEZE ACADEMY. I flip out. My birthday surprise has been sprung: I have been abducted and taken away out to join the circus, and today I am learning the trapeze.

We enter the building, and wander into a small and empty office. The walls are made of wood, and there is nobody behind the desks. I wander through the small room and emerge into a great hall. Sunlight spills in through the large windows and the ceiling towers very high above us. There are trapeze platforms, and a great net spans the hall. This is going to be quite a day…

We are soon introduced to the two instructors who have this whole massive place to themselves, and the 4 of us get right down to business. We are harnessed up, and taught how to properly hold onto the trapeze bar. They take my glasses, and I climb up 20, 30, 40 feet above the ground onto the small wooden platform. I am blind, and can only see my immediate surroundings. They hand me the bar, and I bend my legs….And suddenly my stomach drops, as I am swinging through the air.

Commands are shouted, I attempt some acrobatics, and within minutes they have me dismounting with a backflip. I land, bouncing into the safety net below. I crawl over the side, landing on my feet. My entire body is shaking, and I cannot wait to do it again. The trapeze is amazing, and this circus adventure was the best birthday surprise ever.

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