What Is As Bad As Fear of Heights ?
March 2, 2017 11:40am CST
When visiting Mexico, tourists must visit the Pyramids of Teotihuacán. They’re about 45 km away from Mexico-City. Many years ago we were touring the country with a group but we went to these sights alone. In contrast to Egypt some of the ones in Mexico can be climbed. I seem to remember that it is the Sun Pyramid tourists climb up (there are several). A wide staircase runs up in the middle of the sides. A chain is fastened in the middle of the staircase from top to bottom which people may grab. I did get up. The stairs are so steep that people don't walk but climb on all fours either supporting themselves by grabbing the chain or by holding onto the stones. The climbers are bent over, their heads near the steps. Hardly anybody looks down on the way up but concentrates on the effort. High up near the top is a ledge on which climbers rest and enjoy the view. I could look at the overall view. The ledge conveyed a relatively safe feeling. But I couldn't look down and I knew I'd never get down again! The angle of the staircase is 45°. So, if you look down, you don't see single steps protruding one below the other, only a more or less even, steep slope. I was stiff with anxiety. Good God, I must have been mad to go up! I felt horrible. How could I make this clear to my husband? I asked him what the most horrible thing was for him so that he could feel with me. He had done his military service in the air force and parachuted twice. But what did he answer? . . . . . . . . . . . . You'll never guess! . . . . . . . . . . . . He said, "Eating yeast dumplings with blueberries." This had been my favourite dish during my childhood. When I was 11 years old, my mother and I moved away from my grandmother and her delicious yeast dumplings and I only rarely ate them later. Whenever I visited my grandmother, she prepared the dish (it's a main dish, not a dessert). Once my husband accompanied me on a family visit and was offered it, too. Little did my relatives know that on the Italian island of Sardinia where he's from people eat meat, meat and then meat. If you think, "How unhealthy!", think again. Sardinians, together with the inhabitants of a Greek island, are the longest living people in Europe. Anyways, now you know that fear of heights and yeast dumplings are on the same level on the horror scale! I'm writing this from the German town where I live now. So you know that I did get down in the end. Backwards and on all fours. My husband has never had to eat yeast dumplings again. --- photo: José Miguel Hernández Hernández (flickr)
26 people like this
• United Kingdom
4 Mar 17
And hopefully you won't have to climb it again! I too would be like you I am literally petrified of heights so much so I actually shake with fear! The daft thing is though I would have to do it if I were there otherwise I would regret not doing it!
• Austin, Texas
3 Mar 17
LOL. That's got to be a true story. You can't make that up! The things we do for love. I can picture you standing high up, full blown panic attack, wondering “Am I nuts?!! Why did I do this?” and your husband eating those dumplings and thinking “I can do this. I love my wife.”
• United States
2 Mar 17
When I was younger I would have been able to climb without a problem - I would stand at the edge of large drop-offs to get a picture and once clung to rocks running up the side of a waterfall. Now, I am not so sure I could do it. That may now be my greatest fear.