By: Blonde Two
Blonde One has a most excellent saying about all things big and scary, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” It has helped me through all sorts of situations, some really scary, some just a bit silly.It has certainly been going through my head on the now numerous cable car rides that I have been on in the last couple of weeks here in Austria. We are in Ischgl now which apparently is a hangin’, bangin’ and go-get-’em town during the ski season. Thank goodness it isn’t the ski season now because I have never really liked going-and-getting-em’. The great thing about Ischgl is that, during the summer, as soon as you arrive, they give you a ticket which allows you to use all of the cable cars and chair lifts completely free. In order to be able to take part in this bounteous provision, I have developed a “how not to be scared on cable cars” Blonde system. It goes like this;
1. Close your eyes at key points if you need to. These may for example be that scary moment when you’re gondola is launched into space above a rocky ravine. Try to avoid closing your eyes as you go past the tower/wheel contraptions, the noise will make you jump.
2. Look for something on the ground, for some reason, this stops you looking at the (blimey that is big) space between you and the ground. For example, your husband (although this probably won’t work if you haven’t met him yet) or maybe some flora or fauna. I have done a lot of “looking for Edelweiss” this week. 3. Go on a cable car everyday. I was dubious but, it is true, you can get used to swinging precariously from a wire, clipped on with goodness knows what over a hundred metre drop (regarding to number 3 – don’t research the height of your cable car before you travel).
4. Develop your own emergency procedures (as all good Blondes know, planning is everything). This works with any scary activity. Think of the worst thing that can happen (e.g. the thingies come unclipped from the swinging wire and you plunge to the ground to certain death) and decide what you are going to do if that does happen. This is good to do because, a) it will give you something to do other than scream which really isn’t ladylike, b) it might just save you. My emergency procedure consisted of throwing myself to the floor and covering my head. Much like during the earthquake last year in New Zealand only a bit more dangly! 4. Think of something equally bad that couldn’t possibly happen. If you concentrate on the thing that couldn’t happen then you have a fair chance of forgetting about the thing that could happen (e.g. the thingies coming unclipped from the swinging wire and you plunging to the ground to certain death). I chose to imagine an avalanche hitting me as I walked up the valley. A perfect “couldn’t possibly happen” thing because there wasn’t any snow.
5. Save the research into cable car accidents and the watching of scary movies involving cable car accidents until after you return from your holiday and have your feet firmly back on terra firma. If you are anything like me, neither the statistics nor the films will be anything like as bad as your own imaginings!