24 Festive Tasks: Door 8 – International Children’s Day, Task 4:
As a kid, did you enjoy visiting amusement parks and carnivals? Which were your favorite rides or shows? Do you still have any photos, or is there a memorable event you’re happy to share? – Alternatively, if you’re a parent now: Do you visit amusement parks / carnivals with your kids?
I’m extremely prone to suffering from motion sickness — as a kid, I couldn’t travel (by car, bus, train, plane, or whatever else) without throwing up within 15 or at most 30 minutes from taking off. So, when I was little, anything other than a very slow moving merry-go-round was a complete no-go … however much I may have enjoyed riding supermarket toy horses.
Obviously in my teen years, rollercoasters and similar rides became a challenge — to most others, merely of courage; to me, also physically. But at age 13 and 14, limits are meant to be overcome …
(With a high school friend — we’re behind the green neon light pilon, to the left of the guy with his back to the camera)
Rides like the one pictured above — where you’re basically spun around in an ever crazier fashion — were never my favorites, they always remained a matter of challenge (and I learned where to draw the line and which ones never even to go near), but I came to actually enjoy “real” roller coasters … and, of course, ferris wheels.
There’s an amusement park called Phantasialand near Bonn, and there’s also a huge annual carnival in Bonn every September — the modern-day version of what started as a trade fair in the Middle Ages –, not far from where I live and literally in walking distance from my former high school. I really like Phantasialand, not least because it’s got a lot more to offer than carnival rides and food stalls, and I also used to enjoy going to the big September carnival almost every year when I was younger, but I’m finding these days it’s just too busy for me. That said, I still enjoy walking down to the little carnival on the banks of the Rhine that we get every Easter and fall (for German Thanksgiving).