As you may remember a short while ago I posted a blog all about what I was doing to raise money for the MIND mental health charity within the UK. Well on Friday the 19th of July it was time to set off for my fundraising journey at the weekend, so me and my best friend caught a train from our local station to London Kings Cross, then we took the tube to our hotel in Greenwich where we would be staying for the weekend.
Once we got there we unpacked our bags and headed out to explore the local area to see what we could find to do or see, from the outset it seems like Greenwich is a nice area within London. We found a Pizza Hut and I took full advantage of their gluten free menu, then we walked around to see what else there was and we ended up walking down by the side of the river Thames and OMG! What a view it was so nice to be able to see the river up close without the hustle and bustle of the main city area of London. Then we headed back to the hotel to freshen up and head back down to the hotel bar to organise the next days events and what order we would be able to do them in. This as you can imagine was accompanied by a large glass of wine to help the organisation process along a little.
The next day we woke up bright and early as the climb was at 10:30 am and as you can imagine I really wasn’t feeling too bright at all to be honest so I just had what I thought I could eat for breakfast then called an Uber to take us to the o2 Arena to begin the days events. Then whilst I was waiting for my climb to start so that I could begin the check in process my best friend turned around and said to me that he wouldn’t mind doing the climb as well, so we signed him up and he came along too. The climb up was hard but nothing harder than I thought it was going to be to be fair, the view at the top was absolutely amazing, then we began the climb down the arena and at some points it was almost a vertical drop really pushing us to our limits, however the climb guide that accompanied us was amazing and helped us down all of the way. Once the climb was complete we got changed back into our normal shoes and took the body warmer off and the harness, then made our way to the souvenir shop to collect the pictures from the climb. I will include these underneath this weeks blog post.
Next we headed back to the hotel in a taxi and freshened up and headed out to the London Eye and the River Cruise to check out the different sights on the Thames and London’s famous skyline. The number of people waiting to get on the London Eye was incredible, I can’t believe that it is still that busy after how long it has been there, but the views were just stunning, well worth a trip to anyone who hasn’t seen London from up above before. The the river cruise was lovely, so relaxing seeing everyone enjoy the wonderful sights that London has to offer from a boat on the river Thames. Then once we had finished that it was time to head back to the hotel for some food, so we decided to take the 45minute boat taxi back along the river Thames to North Greenwich. Then from there we took a taxi back to the hotel once again and stayed at the hotel for some food, after that we headed to the Odeon IMaxx cinema to see Disney’s new live action Lion King Movie. Let’s just say the movie certainly didn’t disappoint at all. Then once we watched the movie we headed back to the hotel back to sleep before the next day including our travels home began.
The next day we woke up bright and early, went down for some breakfast and checked out, but left our bags in the holding room at the hotel, so that then we had the last few hours to go wherever we wanted until it was time to go back to Kings Cross station to make our way home. But we decided to go and look around the many shops and restaurants that the o2 arena had to offer us for the mornings entertainment. After that it was time to head back home again.
Hopefully you can see what an eventful weekend it was and just what an incredible experience it was and to share it with one of my best friends was just the most awesome moment ever! It was definitely a weekend that I will never forget and thanks to some amazing people, I met my fundraising target on the Friday night before the climb on the Saturday morning, so thanks again to everyone that donated.
Until next time people thanks for reading!
Much love always