I am back with another travel mistake to avoid. This time it is to think you can do the same kids activities that 9 year olds can do.
When we were in Benitses, we spent many days looking out across the sea towards Albania. The place was idyllic, except if you were on the main beach area and you could see this inflatable assault course.
We had laughed about going on it and how fun it would be. After a couple of days of relaxation and a lovely day sightseeing in Corfu town, my boyfriend asked if we could go on it. So I agreed, thinking it would be amazing fun and really easy (BIG mistake)!
It was 10 euros for an hour, which we thought was okay seeing as it was going to be our only major expense for excursions and fun!
In hindsight, we should have asked for 1 hour between us!
We were given a wristband each, with a number on it and the lady noted down the number and our time to return to the jetty. Then we declined the floatation jackets especially as we had been snorkelling for half an hour earlier so were both comfortable swimming. (We bought snorkels last summer and they have been great on holidays!)
The inflatable assault course
We swam up to it and it was fairly busy. There were lots of kids on it, which was fine… but later made us feel a bit silly as we had an audience!
The first obstacle was a trapeze style swing. It had been set up for children who were about a foot shorter than me, so when I swung my legs went underwater and slowed me down. At least this part had steps to get back up!
We then had to walk across a narrow slippy inflatable part. There was also a trampoline in the middle and we had to cross the monkey bars to get there.
Even as a child I couldn’t do the monkey bars so I just slipped into the water and up the other side.
We went around the different obstacles to climb over and then reached the smaller climbing wall. I thought this would be easy. I was very wrong.
Since dislocating my shoulder in Tanzania, I haven’t been rock climbing so my upper body strength is poor when climbing and the handles were very difficult to grasp. I eventually pulled myself up to the point where my boyfriend could pull me over the edge!
We were at the top and you could either jump off a cliff style edge, which didn’t look high up until you were on top of it! Or go down the slide. So I opted for the slide, slid down and fell off the side back flopping into the water and swallowing lots of water. After a brief coughing session. I climbed back on and did some of the total wipeout activities.
After 30 minutes I was physically exhausted. I actually just lay on one of the middle part until the supervisor came over to check I was okay.
A lot of the kids could stand on the inflatable bits and they wouldn’t sink into the sea like it did with us. The trampoline also made a weird bouncing noise when we jumped on it.
So many of them made it look super easy that we assumed it was. Then went flying off the side and into the sea! I lost count how many times we climbed up the steps and back onto the inflatable.
We even tried to do the jumping launch bit, but I couldn’t get over the hurdle very well as my arms were so tired.
After the few cloudy days in Corfu, I put on suncream while on the inflatable. My suncream wasn’t waterproof.
It all came off and being in the middle of the sea meant I got very very burnt.
After a while my boyfriend got tired too and we swam back to the jetty. The lady told us we had been out for over an hour, but it was fine!
This was one of the best things to do in Benitses and I think it would be great with kids.
It is just not good if you think you’re a kid and try to out do them. We failed miserably and nothing was funnier than watching my boyfriend clinging to an inflatable tube trying to get his legs up onto the mountain.
It was great fun, but for 20 minutes. Afterwards I felt very old and realised I wasn’t a child anymore.
I hope you had a great laugh at my expense.
Until next time,
The Great Ambini
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