Like driving an F1 Car over a Freshly Ploughed Field at Full Speed – My Powerboat Experience at Wyboston Lakes

The headline is a quote of three-time Formula One racing car world champion Niki Lauda after driving an F1 powerboat. Powerboats are vicious.. and also enormous fun!! Ms B and I decided that it was time for a weekend of speed. We hired a 460hp 5l V8 Ford Mustang GT from Hertz at St Pancras yesterday morning and drove up to RideLeisure at Wyboston Lakes near Cambridge for a powerboat experience we had booked with Gordon Cook.    Driving an American muscle car is something I had always wanted to do and boy was it fun. I never got to put my foot down, never came near, not even for a split second during take-off or something, just too much raw power. You’d immediately lose grip and crash the beauty. But driving fairly carefully was huge fun too. I would have preferred manual drive, but even the ten-gear automatic gives […]

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Jumping out of a plane with North London Skydiving: Best. Thing. Ever.

During Ms B’s and my recent weekend trip to Cambridge (45mins by train from London), North London Skydiving very kindly invited me to check out their services. Those of you who regularly stop by here will know that nothing scares me more than heights. Ms B, in contrast, who is normally the chicken in our relationship, is fearless when it comes to heights. During our trip to the Atlas mountains two years ago Ms B did the second half of a climbing tour we had booked on her own, because I chickened out and walked back to the valley. When we did some canyoning in Porto last year, the only reason why I finished the tour, is, because there was no other way of getting back to the starting point. Why go skydiving then, you might ask. Good question. I always wanted to do it, despite my fear of heights. […]

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Off-Roading on a Segway around Leeds Castle, Kent

During our recent visit to Leeds Castle, Kent, Southern Segway very kindly invited us to check out their Twilight Castle Tour (GBP 59 per person, including admission to the castle grounds). Ms B and I had done a Segway tour once before, in Paris, and thought we knew it all, but it turned out to be so much more fun going off-roading on those amazing vehicles.       For those of you who have never tried riding a Segway: be assured it’s very easy to learn. It will literally take you a few minutes to get the hang of it. The technology is mind-blowing. I’m roughly 100kg, but I felt perfectly comfortable going full speed on my set of wheels and never felt scared of falling off. The Segway will keep you from falling over forward or backwards by subtly counteracting your move so as to always keep the balance. […]

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Going through Heaven & Hell at Cambridge Escape Rooms

On our recent visit to Cambridge, Cambridge Escape Rooms, very kindly invited us to check out their new Heaven and Hell (intermediate) experience. They are ranking #11 out of 187 things to do in Cambridge on Tripadvisor, just below University of Cambridge (#10) and River Cam (#9) and above King’s College (#15) and The Backs (the famous backyards of the colleges, next to the River Cam, #16). Needless to say that they hold a Certificate of Excellence. Ms B and I were joined by two friends from London, one of whom had done two dozen rooms and – despite the fact that she’s not giving away compliments easily – told us afterwards, that this was by far the best room she had ever done.     The premises are a 10-minute cab ride from the city centre. We were greeted immediately by Sam, one of the friendly staff, who explained the […]

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Doing some Punting with Scudamore’s in Cambridge

During our recent visit to Cambridge, Scudamore’s, the city’s oldest and largest punting operator very kindly invited us to three hours of self-punting (£90). Punts are little gondolas steered and propelled with a stick (a so-called punting pole). Initially they were used to transport goods like food from A to B on the river Cam. Nowadays it’s one of the best outdoor activities in Cambridge and hugely popular with visitors to this small university town (125,000 residents). I had been doing some punting in Oxford 7 years ago and felt relatively confident I could pull it off again. Little did I know how busy it was going to be on the tiny stream.    We were joined by two friends from London on our six-seater (the self-hire punts are half the size of the twelve-seater chauffeured ones). While I had already taken my position as chauffeur and the rest of […]

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