Night at the fair

Trip Start Jan 12, 2013
Trip End Mar 15, 2013

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Monday, January 28, 2013

There's something fun about old fairs. The lights, the colors, the rides, the games, and the food make for an enjoyable atmosphere. In the town center of Viņa, I went to the summer fair with a few friends and it was great!

I went on three different rides and they were all memorable in their own way. The first was called the "Montaņa Galaxi" or Galaxy Mountain. It was the biggest and most expensive ride there (~$3). The line for Galaxy Mountain was surprisingly short (i.e. non-existent) considering that there were only three or four cars that could hold up to four people at a time. I suppose that it was the type of ride that people only did once or twice because it could get expensive. The ride itself was excellent with two major drops and two spirals. Check out the video to re-live the first drop. Although it didn't have loops or fancy things like Cedar Point, it was still exhilarating and a charming wooden coaster. In retrospective, it was the best of three because it posed the least danger to the body. =)

The next ride that we did was called the "Tagada". It doesn't have a direct translation from Spanish, but if it did, it'd probably be the "Spinning Table of Doom". From the outside it looked relatively harmless. People find their seats on the perimeter of the giant table and try to lock their arms into the railing. Then it started to spin and tilt. The speed of the table kept us against the outside – for the most part, at least. It would suddenly stop or jolt, launching us off their seats and in the air like popcorn. After getting off, I expected to be dizzy but I wasn't. I have to admit, it was fun, however, I wouldn't do it again. The only thing that was less appreciated was how much the ride stretched my arms. Because of all the spinning and tilting, everyone was kind of hanging on for dear life. One of my friends even clenched my arm tightly and was worried that she injured me. I think a ride like this would have either not been allowed in the US or would need a waiver of some sort. It's times like this that I'm glad to be in Chile. (Kind of like my chair skating experience in Beijing.)

The third ride was called Century-something. I don't quite remember but that's fine because it was the least favorite of the three. Although it may sound bad, it was the type of ride that I expected not to enjoy. In general, rides that are based on spinning quickly and creating a sense of dizziness are the worst for me. This ride spin in two ways: it spun its large steel branches from a base and within each branch, was another spinning set of branches that held the seats. I was really glad that I didn't have too much food or liquid in my stomach or else it might have been bad news. =P It took me a few minutes to recover but there were moments during the ride when I thought... this is actually not as terrible as I expected.

All in all, I recommend visiting one of these fairs. Although they may not be unique to Chile, it was special for all the laughs and screams that I got to share with friends.
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