Friday, November 11, 2011

My Fear of Falling from These Spots for #FriFotos

Fall is this week’s FriFotos theme.  Instead of doing a series of fall foliage, or me being a total klutz and falling all over the world, I decided to do a series of photos of places that I have a fear of falling from since I’m not a huge fan of heights.  There are plenty of high places that I’ve sucked it up and checked out like the dome of St. Peter’s or Uetliberg Tower in Zurich.  But in general, I will decline on suspension bridges or buildings tall enough to sway.  I actually trust a medieval church over a modern building because the church has stood the test of time compared to a newish bridge or skyscraper, in my mind.

You cannot pay me enough!

The St. Louis Arch-tall and narrow. Not my idea of a good time.  If you freak, you can’t turn around since there are people behind you, and the flow is one way.  I’ll happily take photos from the ground, thank you.



The CN Tower in Toronto actually sways in the wind. Yeah, no thank you.  I blame my first visit to Toronto as a child for my fear of falling. Being right on the edge of the viewing rail of Niagara Falls as a kid can be traumatizing when you can figure out that you would die if you fell.  So a tower way up in the air? I’ll pass.


I've been on it three times. My eyes were always shut.

This one is one of the few that I’ve actually been on, but I will never drive over the Golden Gate or Bay Bridges myself.  I will be a passenger with my eyes tightly shut and hoping to God that I’d make it across unscathed.  If you crashed off the bridge, either the impact of hitting the water would take you out or the sharks in the cold water would. Yikes! Therefore, I maintain this is a totally legitimate and rational fear.

Bosphorus Bridge connecting Europe and Asia.

Here’s another suspension bridge that I will decline on crossing, the Bosphorus Bridge.  If it is tall enough for cruise ships to fit under, it is way too damn tall.  If I lived in Istanbul, I would stick with the 2 lira ferry that takes less time to cross than driving around the long way.  Just like I would probably pass on an underwater metro. That’s a whole other fear.


La Sagrada Familia's towers were closed due to weather.

La Sagrada Familia’s towers are the only things on this list that I would willingly go up on my on volition.  But they were closed due to weather when I was there which was probably for the best. Slippery stone that high up would have probably induced a panic attack.

Are you afraid of heights or falling?  Have any spots to add?


What’s #FriFotos? It’s a weekly Twitter event, with a different theme each week, founded by @EpsteinTravels where people from all over the world share their favorite pics. Search #FriFotos on Twitter to see everyone’s submissions.

This post is also part of BootsnAll’s 30 Days of Indie Travel Project.

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4 Responses to “My Fear of Falling from These Spots for #FriFotos”

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    Amanda @amandaelsewhere — November 11, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    Oh my gosh, I know what you mean about the strong winds at Niagara.

    Maybe it’s just me, but whenever I’m at the ledge a little teeny voice creeps in and says “what if you just went a little bit further.” There is something so extremely powerful about being inches (or less) away from catastrophe, the only thing holding you back a railing…

    I guess it’s safe to say you’ve never been ziplining then? 😉

    • ehalvey replied: — November 11th, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

      The teeny voice I hear is “you’re going to fall and die, abort mission!”. I’ve never been ziplining. But if it wasn’t super tall, I might consider it. Usually, I need to know that I would survive the fall, haha.

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    Akila — November 28, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    Ha! I love your take on these — so hilarious. We actually did go up the Sagrada Familia towers recently and they are SCARY. The steps are incredibly narrow and tightly wind (think tighter than a slinky) and the stone is relatively worn down. Neither my brother nor I are terribly afraid of heights but this one was pretty bad.

    • ehalvey replied: — November 28th, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

      Yikes! Then I’m super glad that the towers were closed. I bit it going back down from the dome at St. Peter’s. Narrow, windy, AND slippery stairs would just be asking to fall and bite it.

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