Update 1; Asylum Experiment!

Trip Start Jul 24, 2011
Trip End Aug 25, 2012

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Friday, October 21, 2011

So as always, it's been far too long since I've posted.
But the days keep getting busier & time just slips away.
Can you believe I'm going to be 19 in a week?!

But before I let myself be overcome with nostalgia & start tripping out about the cliche of 'where on earth has the year gone' & all that nonsense, let's change topics.

So I went to a haunted house a week or two back. I was the same as I always am with things of that nature, absolutely terrified at the start, literally hiding behind my hands asking over & over 'why did I agree to do this, WHY DID YOU BRING ME HERE?' (& I must admit, this was before we'd even made it inside!). But by the end I was actually quite obnoxious with my confidence & lack of fear. Laughing in the monsters faces, complimenting their attempts to scare us & in some cases, simply screaming back at them! It was actually quite brilliant as far as haunted houses go though. After being given a safety briefing by a 'patient' with multiple-personalities & a creepy dead pet clown named Bobo, the 'first floor' was nothing but absolute blackness. & though there was actually very few people walking through trying to scare us, the suspense & anticipation of not being able to see a thing meant we terrified all the same. This is nothing in comparison to the second floor though. After a horrifying elevator ride that no claustrophobic could have ever survived, we entered the 'asylum'. There was every situation imaginable. Horrific torture scenes where patients were chained to tables while the 'surgeons' went to work pulling out their insides. A little room reminiscent of Poltergeist in that we were surrounded by stacks

of TV's all blaring static or creepy recordings of our fearful selves (& were actually forced to retreat right back into the corridor when one was pushed towards us!). Mechanics who threatened us with their vast array of welding tools (from which the heat & sparks were all too real). A cage maze with crazies climbing over, across & even through the bars trying to reach us. A 'Big Top Gift Shop' in which they had us convinced we'd reached the end, before the wall opened up & we were bombarded by the most horrifying clowns I've ever seen (with all due respect to Stephen King, IT had nothing on these guys!). Then finally, after witnessing a chilling exorcism (in which the girl could literally rotate her head almost 180° clockwise), we were

on the home stretch (which included timidly stumbling our way through a junkyard populated with some horrifying variations on the Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) and Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) theme. Looking back I'm also quite amused at our little groups antics as we were going through, what with Nina falling over countless times (though not from fear, it was 'because of the shoes' HA), her friend Dominik who seemed to mutter 'scheiße' the entire adventure, & me being like those extremely irritating people who scream at the TV screen during scary movies, pointing out potential hiding spots, shouting 'don't go in there!' & 'LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU!'.

Easily my favourite halloween activity thus far. (Though this weekend we've got a trip to the world's largest corn maze plus Fright Fest at SixFlags so I'll let you know if I change my mind!) Deliriously happy to be in a country that celebrates all of their holidays to such extremes! Due to the whole 'no camera' policy (& the fact that even if they'd been permitted, I'm sure I was shaking too hard to even consider taking photos!) I had to pull these photos off facebook. But nonetheless. Enjoy (:
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