10 Things I thought I would love (until I tried them)

1 Sledding
Coming from the southern hemisphere, I have a vastly romanticised idea of many snow/Christmas related activities. So I was completely crushed last year when I discovered that sledding (or tobogganing) sucks. My friends and I took a ski lift up a large hill in Austria and proceeded to ‘sled’ downwards without any steering or stopping instructions. The bruises were horrendous. The next day I felt like I had been hit by a truck. Never again.

2 Watching Masterchef
I’ve written about Masterchef before. I feel like I gave Masterchef a good chance to wow me. But I find it both boring and stressful, which I didn’t realise was possible.

3 Watching Dirty Dancing (the movie)
I think maybe this movie falls into the ‘before my time’ category (after all it was made in 1987) and by the time I was old enough to watch it I had already seen To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar in which Patrick Swazye plays a drag queen. Nothing ruins a teen heart throb like ill-matching foundation with a five o’clock shadow.

4 Playing Pool
I always assumed I would be good at playing pool, but as it turns out I’m really not. Unfortunately, no one ever believes me and makes me join them in a game which is both long and humiliating.

5 Gambling
Ahead of a trip to Las Vegas last year I had visions of sitting chicly at a black jack table with a martini. I don’t know how to play black jack. Sitting at a slot machine isn’t very chic. And I’d much rather spend my money on food, or clothes.

6 Top Shop
Poorly made, overpriced and largely ugly, we’re not missing out at all.

7 Eating Boozey desserts
I like alcohol. I like desserts. But together they taste like mushy alcoholic old man breath.

8 Bikram Yoga
I’m not sure why I thought doing yoga in a heated room would tickle my fancy. It’s sweaty and uncomfortable and the reason people claim “You feel so great afterwards!” is because you get to stop.

9 Eat, Pray, Love
The part set in Italy is alright, who doesn’t like reading about consistent eating? The rest of it is self-indulgent garbage.

10 Twilight
I’ve tried twice to watch the first movie. Snoozeville. The same goes for any vampire-related television series.

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6 Responses to 10 Things I thought I would love (until I tried them)

  1. Raluca says:

    Dear Bec,

    I never told you this but I follow your blog regularly. I never left a comment though because being a lawyer makes me a terrible writer, but this time I just had to tell you that I am so happy to hear that there actually is someone else in this world (whom I know) who doesn’t like Twilight, Dirty Dancing or playing pool! I tried watching the first and the second of the Twilight movies, epic fail. Watched Dirty Dancing entirely but was very very disappointed, kept waiting and waiting for it to become more romantic or whatever it was suppose to be, but it didn’t. And playing pool is so boring I actually left mid-game once and left an ex to play against himself haha.
    But I also have to disagree about sledding, you can become better at it and make it worthwhile as well as regarding Top Shop – if you live in Europe it’s one of the coolest places to shop in my opinion!

    Hope you are well down there in the Southern Hemisphere. Here we’re struggling to make it through the winter.

    Xx Raluca

    • Rebecca says:

      Raluca! I can now officially say I have a readership in Romania! So glad to hear you don’t like some of the things I also don’t like. Can’t believe this time last year we were partying in Vienna, so sad. Can’t say I miss the cold though xx

      • Raluca says:

        Oh I’ve been reading your blog ever since you’ve started it! Keep up the good work šŸ˜‰

        I actually had a Gluehwein today in a place called Bistro Vienna. They do Schnitzel, Apfelstrudel, some sausages and Gluehwein/Punch! And the cups look like the ones at Rathaus last year! Made me think about this time last year when I was going out at least 3 times a week and drinking Punch every single day!

  2. Vala says:

    Hey, same with me. I always read your blog and enjoy it very much šŸ™‚

    But I have to agree about the AUSTRIAN crazy sledding! This is not the sledding I’m used to.. it’s actually really fun. In Iceland we use mostly use these ones: http://www.leikfangaland.is/upload/catalog/original/Stiga_sledi_Supergt.jpg
    That way we can actually steer where we’re going and not be freaking frightened the whole journey. Which was the case in Semmering..

    • Raluca says:

      Oh my God, that thing looks really professional, I’d love to try it! Good enough reason to come to Iceland someday!!!

      I actually talked to a friend today about the bruises I had after Semmering…!

  3. Lauren says:

    I can’t believe you don’t like Dirty Dancing? How did I not know this about you until now? I feel a little betrayed…

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