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The Travel Book – TRAVEL STORIES – Cycling On A Tightrope in Lisbon, Portugal

In 2021, we want to give you some special editions of the Travel Book throughout the year. Whilst there is still so many places to write about, I think it is also really fun to write about actual experiences that I have had whilst travelling. There have been so many interesting stories so I thought what better way to celebrate them then by telling you all about them


Cycling On A Tightrope in Lisbon, Portugal

In 2011, I went on a friends holiday to Portugal and as part of that trip we spent a couple of days in Lisbon. On one of the afternoons we went to the Science Museum and this is where are travel story of today takes place.

The museum had a lot of quirky interactive exhibitions including one about sex education which had things such as a singing sperm…but that is for another time. Today’s story happens on the first or second floor of the museum. There was this exhibition piece upstairs where there was a bicycle on a tightrope which you could ride to the centre of the rope and below was about a 100ft drop (with the sex exhibition below).

I felt nervous but decided to go on it anyway, to get the bicycle moving on the tightrope you had to cycle backwards at first. When you cycled backwards it felt ok and didn’t really feel weird. The time it started to feel bizarre was when you get to the middle and then you had to force yourself to go forward.

When you are in the centre your brain does am unusual thing, you start t realise the ridiculous situation that you are in – I mean you are on a tightrope on a bicycle!

The bicycle was weighted underneath the rope so that you are safe (although you have no seat belt on and a net below you) but when you realise the craziness of the situation that you are in you sort of go to jelly, you have to physically force yourself to move the bike forward.

It was a really bizarre experience but something I won’t forget.

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