I awoke at 7 am to see if the weather would grace us with a nice day. The idea was that we might be able to get onto a kayaking tour that morning if we were lucky, but the weather had other ideas ;)
Instead, thanks to Zoe (who got us moving fair play) we ended up traveling to the tiger temple just outside of town. We had a hammer at the temple and then we saw it. A sign indicating that something was at the top of 1237 steps. Of course, that did it ;) we had to go up to the top ;)
The way forward began really enough, but by steps 300 odd, myself and Zoe were beginning to feel it. Matt had gone on like a gazelle bounding his way to the top easily - don’t worry, we hated him too ;) we got to just under 500 steps (they were happily labeled for you to use while struggling up), when we met a woman who had told her husband previously that she couldn’t go on, that she’s stay here. We tried to convince her to come up but to no avail, just as well, as we met her husband in the way down at about 900 or so ;) just so no one thinks we’re exaggerating about the difficulty, the steps were actually as high as my knee at times and there was a section that was so steep it was cordoned off and another set of steps had been built around it for people to use!
We eventually made it up the steps (and found Matt again) to see stunning views and cloud doing mad things in the mountains in front of us. Unfortunately, what goes up must come down…
Now, I do have to preface this by saying that done of the things you learn as a child really are the best way of doing things. The example I shall use here is climbing down the stairs backwards, you remember, just when you’re beginning to learn and you’re not confident enough/allowed by parents to walk downstairs in the normal way. Well, for this set of stairs, that piece of learning was definitely one of the better things to know! I ended up climbing down half of it that way as it was so steep and nearly all barefoot as my sandals were too wet from the rain. (Side note: I don’t think I could have done this climb in the sun!)
Matt, being a gazelle and incredibly hungry it seemed, again left us, but that was probably to spare himself the embarrassment of being seen with these two eejits laughing away to themselves on the side of a mountain ;) you can imagine mine and Zoe’s incredible sadness when, at step approx 300, we saw a monkey using a wrote as a zipline. While we wouldn’t have been able to use it ourselves, we cried with laughter at the thought of how easy it would be compared to what we’d just done! That said, it was nothing to the fear we felt at about step 1100 on the way down when Zoe thought she’d left her camera up there! (thankfully she hadn’t!)
We descended the last few steps arm in arm - what else could you do at that stage? Bonded for life we were! It could also have been that we’d gone a little crazy, neither one of us could stand without our legs shaking, so caffeine and sugar before the trip back to the hostel it was!
The three of us plus two guys from Matts form went for a good feed that evening and then back to the bar containing the pool table that had so mocked me the previous night. I always worry when the bar staff remember you, especially when you were only there once before and only for one (literal, not fabled!) drink. That said, all seemed to be well, until it became apparent that the pool table wasn’t done with embarrassing me yet. I was kindly told by one of the female bartenders that she is exactly the same as me and knew the solution to my problem : I just needed to have more alcohol! It always helped her! That said, Richie (one of Matts roommates) was kind enough to give me a few pointers so I actually managed to pot things - go me!
One of the most fun bits of the night was getting to see the video of the new dance craze - gangham style. I’d seen this posted all over Facebook by different groups of friends but hadn’t heard or seen anything of it. One watch was all it took, I was totally hooked! Fantastic! :D