Swinging Pro – Junk Yard Golf Club

Ed and I have been to a surprisingly high number of crazy golf/mini golf courses since we have been together. Its one of those date night activities that’s always a little bit different and always brings out our competitive sides. I occasionally cheat, and we always have a “practice” shot if we start off badly, but it’s always great fun. So when we saw Junk Yard Golf Club LDN being advertised all over Facebook we were very keen to give it a go.

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SwingersLDN

Pop-up’s in and around London are hardly difficult to come by. All promising something different a new. So when i heard about SwingersLDN its safe to say i was pleasantly surprised. It actually is something totally new! A nine hole golf course in the heart of Shoreditch with a full bar and somewhere you can grab food…….sounds like a dream night out!

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Koh Tao

Charlie an I arrived in koh Tao after a rather stressful start trying to get our key deposit back and the woman that had it not being there in the morning, NOT HELPFUL! But we arrived safe and sound and headed straight over to saire beach and bumped straight into Rosanna strolling around very hung over! We planned to meet for brunch after charlie an I ha found a place to stay. After a quick stroll around we decided to treat ourselves for a couple of days and stay at this lovely place called simple life which even had a pool! We dropped our bags off and went to meet Rosanna. After a lovely catch up we sadly had to say goodbye as she was heading over to phi phi that evening so we let her go and get her stuff packed. That night we had a stroll round before grabbing some dinner an having a chilled night in.

The next day was spent just chilling out by the pool doing nothing. We went for dinner at a placed called the gallery which had been recommended to us by Rosanna and the food was good.

The next day we had booked a snorkelling trip around the island. We left at about 9am and headed down to the pier. We met a lovely English couple who had emigrated to Australia years ago and were here celebrating their wedding annerversery. We jumped on the boat and headed to the first stop, shark bay. This was actually rather disappointing as there were no sharks and very little coral to see, so we just swam about for a bit before we were called back to the boat. The next stop however was much more impressive. There was tones of coral and some really beautiful fish too, I even saw a giant sting ray! We jumped back on the boat and went to one more stop which wasn’t quite as good as the last one but was still pretty nice. We had half an hour here swimming around before getting back on the boat for a surprisingly unimpressive lunch, most of which ended up going to the fish! After lunch we had one last stop snorkelling before going to a lovely secluded island. We got to spend a couple of hours here just chilling out on the beach before heading back. All in all it was a lovely day until we realised how sun burnt charlie was!! We was so red it was unbelievable! We went back to the room and I passed out!! By the time I woke up it was 10pm so we just had some paad thi in the room for dinner and went back to sleep!

The next day was again spent doing nothing, chilling by the pool and sunbathing. We decided that as we had so much time to kill and we didn’t really want to spend loads of time on koh samui, that we would stay on koh Tao for a few more days, but on a different part of the island as we were told there was better snorkelling elsewhere. So the next morning we got up, checked out and jumped in a tuck tuck over to chalok ban koa where charlie found the most beautiful beach ever!! It was stunning and the best part was there were barely any people on it!! It was like our own private beach!! We got checked in and grabbed some lunch before chilling out on the beach.

The next 5days were pretty much spend doing just that, chilling out on the beach we didn’t really do any activities, charlie tried to snorkel once but the mask he hired was pretty shit so he didn’t get very far!

On our last night on this side of the island our lovely friends Ella and rosy arrived so we met up with them over in saire beach and had a lovely dinner before heading out. As we had to check out the next morning we said we weren’t going to get that drunk, but that never happens!! We ended up going to 4 different bars and having a great night!

The next morning however, charlie was suffering very badly! We had to get up fairly early to check out and he was not doing well!! We headed back over to saire beach and checked into a new place with the girls. Charlie immediately passed out to try and cure his hangover so I went and got breakfast with the girls. Once we had all eaten we decided to all go for a nap to help us recover! We woke up early afternoon and decided to all go and play mini golf! We had so much fun and the course was actually really hard!! Yet I still came a respectable second!! Once we were done we headed back to get ready for dinner. We had a lovely meal at a very posh Italian restaurant and we all got free pudding as they messed up my order! Later on we headed down to a bar for drinks, Ella left us for a while to deal with her awkward ex and charlie roast and I ended up being mesmerised by the fire dancers!! As we had eaten so much and were too busy watching the fire dancers we weren’t really drinking much so we decided to head back to the room to play drinking games! After a while Ella re-joined us so we headed back out. We ended up going to loads of different bars and some sort of half hearted pool party where no one was actually in the pool! We didn’t end up leaving until 4:30am all very drunk!!

The next day charlie and I were due to leave to head to koh samui but as we were having so much fun we decided to stay one more day! We were all feeling very worse for ware so we grabbed some breakfast and then the girls headed down to the beach. Charlie and I had to book our boat ticket otherwise we would never leave, so we went and did that and then met them down at the beach. We spent the afternoon there before heading back to get ready for dinner. This time we decided to go for something cheap and cheerful as the night before had been a rather expensive one! As soon as we finished eating we set off to what can only be described as as the funniest night ever! We went to the most amazing placed called queens cabaret! It was a cabaret show made up of only lady boys. It was so funny, and amazing to see some of these women, you’d be surprised at just how beautiful they were! They did loads of different numbers all of which seemed to be teamed around some sort of celeb that the lady boy was dressed as and miming along to the song. It was great fun! Once it was over we headed down to the beach and had some lovely cocktails before calling it a night as charlie and I had to be up early for our boat.

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Queens town

On our way into queens town we made a stop at the aj hacket bridge Bungy where we watched a short info video about aj hacket and all the different experiences they had to offer. Once it was finished we all had to pay for our bungys or canyon swings in advance, so there was no backing out from here! Charlie paid for his Nevis and somehow I got convinced to do the free style ledge jump over the whole of queens town, so I unwillingly paid for mine too!

Once we had all paid we were able to watch the people doing the bridge jump, one of them being our friend Helen. She was terrified and got talked into it just like me, so I felt for her. But she did it, and with no hesitation! She did t enjoy it much apparently but she was glad shed done it!

When everyone had jumped we carried on into queens town and took a huge group picture before started the long process of checking everyone into nomads. It was actually really lovely, the best hostel we had stayed in so far. Once we had dropped all our stuff off we found Caroline and were pleasantly surprised to also find out our other 2 friends george and Callum had managed to change there flight and we’re also still in queens town. We also found Casey too who we hadn’t seen since Auckland so that was lovely.

We headed over to world bar where we were going to be drinking that night to get our wristbands before taking a stroll around the town and also bumping into Millsy! He took us down to the lake where we chilled out before charlie hit a duck in the face while skimming stones, so we headed to get ready for our night out.

That night we started out at altitude bar attached to the base hostel. After our free shots and a few more drinks we headed over to world bar. They had a free bar tab going of up to a $1,000 so you can imagine it was madness! They also did really great cocktails that were served in tea pots which was cool. We stayed and parties the night away until charlie decided he wanted McDonald’s and so began his routine of getting a mc attack which is two big macs every night before we want home!

The next day was a bit of a right off for me due to my terrible hang over! However charlie, dan, adam and emma all had there Nevis Bungy jump. As its so high up you can’t go and watch so I spent most of the morning in bed recovering before helen and I got up and headed down to the lake as there was a small market going on so we wanted to check it out. We got quick massages which were lovely before bumping into dustin, George and Callum. Just as we bumped into them I got the call from charlie to say he had survived and was on his way back so Hellen and I thought it would be a nice idea to get them congratulation cup cakes from this cute shop we had found!

We found them in the Nevis store uploading there videos and pictures. We presented them with there cup cakes which they were very happy with before heading down to get a world famous ferg burger. We had herd so much about them and were all very excited to finally try one! The shop was busy but not too bad so we didn’t have to wait too long. The burger was AMAZING!! But also huge, I couldn’t finish all of mine in one go! As it was still early afternoon we decided to go luging so we went back to nomads to book our tickets and then went straight up. As the luging track is so high up you have to get a gondola up. The view was unreal. You could see for miles, you could look out over all the town, see the whole of the lake and see where it met the mountains. It was so beautiful. We got to the top and grabbed helmets and went onto the track. Now the best way to describe luging is that it’s like go carting but without the engine. You have to pull the handle bars towards you a little bit to release the breaks, and pull them all the way towards you to break properly. It was great fun and you go a hell of a lot faster then you would think! We had a great time and had loads of races before heading back down!

That evening as we were all so shattered from our day of activities we decided to have a night in, we were going to go to the cinema, but there wasn’t a film that we all wanted to see and nomads had a cinema room so we decided to save some money and stay in instead.

The next day the boys had decided to watch the lord of the rings trilogy so we had a very chilled day. It was also the day that the rest of our group that we left behind arrived! So mid afternoon we were all reunited again! And in true kiwi bus style we started planning our night out! As it was Helen’s birthday soon some of us decided we should go to ice bar to start the night off. As we booked the tickets on bookme.co.nz there were only a couple of spaces, so it ended up being me, charlie, Casey, dan and helen.

We started off drinking in the hostel with everyone until 9pm when we were told we had to stop. In usual youth style, when told not to do something we did the opposite, so we all headed to matt’s room to carry on drinking. Casey an I ducked out to go to the bathroom and the next thing we knew it was all kicking off! Turns out one of the receptionist had caught everyone drinking and was screaming at Matt. One thing lead to another and before we knew it Matt was being thrown out and told he was no longer aloud to stay at nomads. It was all very crazy and not something that could be sorted with everyone fairly drunk. So we all left and tried to forget what had happened!

Everyone else headed over to world bar while charlie and the rest of us web to the ice bar. God knows why but that night I had decided to go out in shorts…to an ice bar! I was bloody freezing, but the bar was awesome! Your only really able to stay for an hour as its so cold and I think in the end we stayed for less but we had a great time! Charlie found a penguin costume while we were putting our coats on so he obviously put it on and wore it for most of the evening! Inside they had an ice hockey table, an ice chandelier and an ice photo booth! It was great! Very quickly though I got super cold so thought it would be a great idea to put on a coat as trouser! I looked insane, but it worked!

Once we were done at the ice bar we went over to meet everyone else at world bar and again partied hard! I don’t know what time we left all I know is as usual charlie polished off two big macs and a cheese burger this time!

Again the next day was a bit of a write off as everyone was so hung over! Neither charlie or I can remember what we got up which shows it can’t have been that eventful! That night as we were no longer aloud to drink in the hostel everyone went down to the river instead. It was really cold in the evenings as it was starting to get into autumn in new Zealand so we didn’t stay long and decided to attempt an early night especially as I had my canyon swing the next day!

The next morning we weren’t up too early as my continent swing was at about midday. Emma and I were doing it together so we grabbed our stuff and made our way down to their shop in town. When we arrived we checked in and were weighed, there were 3 other girls also doing it with us so once everyone was done we hopped in the car to do the short drive to the site. On the way we watched a video showing all the different ways you are able to do the swing. I had already made my mind up that I wanted to do the slide. When we got there we all got harnessed up and took it in turns. Emma went first and god know why but she decided to lie flat in the air and drop like that! I screamed for her while watching it! Next it was my go so they set up the slide. I was sat on the edge and they were chatting away with me which was freaking me out as you never know if they are just going to push you off! After a min or so they said it was time to go and I was pretty much frozen to the spot so they had to pretty much push me! But once I was of it was amazing! You free fall for what feels like forever, and falling over the canyon means you drop so much further! All in all it was amazing! And I was very tempted to do it again but decided against due to money. So we all headed back after buying our pictures and charlie came to meet me to watch my video!

While we were there charlie found out that milsey had been able to get us a really good discount for the shot over jet as his friend worked there and they had 2 spaces left if we went right now. So we ran straight over and jumped in the car that takes you down to the canyon, which was actually where I’d just done my canyon swing over, only this time we were getting in a boat! We got there and put on the really attractive water proof jackets provided before jumping in the boat. The boat is equips with 2 special water jets that makes the boat go so fast. We started off down the river and soon enough we were doing 360degree turns and getting super close to the surrounding rock walls. We were in the boat for about 20mins and was good fun. We were super lucky that we had got the discount though as if we had paid full price I wouldn’t have been that impressed!

When we got back we were both super hungry a we hadn’t really eaten much that day, so we went to a great sushi restaurant in town and grabbed some dinner. While we were eating we bumped into some of the girls and made some plans for later. We all got ready an layered up this time as we were pre drinking by the lake again. We all went down and started playing drinking games when all pod a sudden some crazy guy started shinning these lights on one of our friends pippa. Apparently it was light healing, something to do with different coloured lights doing different things. He wasn’t charging anyone so we all had a go! I don’t think it did much but we humoured him and sat there for a while before heading back to the hostel to drop our extra layers off and heading out! I planned on not getting too drunk as I had my Bungy jump the next day, but unfortunately it didn’t quite work out as planned. Ended up getting very drunk and didn’t get home till super late.

The next morning I had to get up to do my Bungy and it’s safe to say I could think of nothing worse!! I was so hung over and just didn’t want to go. We had decided that as it was up where the living was and we were going to have to buy a gondola ticket anyway we may as well go luging again. We had to pretty much run all the way down with the girls as we were now running late which very much didn’t help my hangover! We got to the top and I started freaking out. I just saw how high it was and felt sick. It’s strange because when I did the canyon swing it was higher, much higher, and I was fine. I guess this was because I had to actually jump, there was no one there to push me. The lovely lady at reception tried to give me a sympathetic pep talk while she weighed me but it didnt help. I did the walk down to the platform and just felt worse and worse. I really didn’t think I could do it. I got harnessed up and just started feeling worse and worse. Soon enough it was time to jump and I just froze. I physically couldn’t move. The guy on the platform clearly saw stuff like this all the time so didn’t have a huge amount of sympathy and just said if you don’t want to do it I’ll take off your harness and let the guys behind go, otherwise you need to go now. I don’t know what changed but I started to run, then paused, then carried on and ran off the edge! It was horrible, I cried and hated it!! But soon enough it was over. I was nearly sick when I got back up, not sure if that was from the hang over or the nerves. We went into the cafe at the top to get something to eat and try and settle me before going luging again. Luging was great fun again. I fell out my cart this time because I was going too quick!

On our way down from luging we bumped into the others all playing mini golf in the sun and decided to join them. Charlie kicked my arse even with me cheating, so that tells just how terrible I am! Half way though our game we heard some one shout Charlie’s name, and low and behold it was milsey and his girlfriend who’s name is also brooke, very strange! So they joined in too and offered to have charlie an I over for dinner at there place later. So we made arraignments and finished our games. Once everyone was done we headed into town with mobs, Karen and tweedy to hire a car for the weekend so we could head down to Dunedin and Milford sound. After traipsing round different companies we found one and got it booked. Then we grabbed another furg burger and went down to the lake to sit in the sun and organise stuff for our weekend trip!

We chilled for a bit longer before making our way over to milsey and Brooke’s place. It was just outside of queens town so we jumped on the bus to get there. It’s amazing how much nicer/helpful bus drivers are in NZ! We got to there place fairly quickly and dinner was pretty much ready when we arrived. It was so nice to have home cooked food again as we had been living pretty much on pasta since we had got to NZ! We had a lovely chilled evening catching up and when we were done milsey dropped us back. It was also our lovely friend Caseys last night 😦 so rather than heading straight home we came out for a couple of drinks to say goodbye.

Thursday was pretty much everyone’s last day together as people were either heading further north or further south like us. It was also a really beautiful day so most of us put on our swimming costumes and headed down to the lake to sunbath. Again it was a nice chilled day and we didn’t really get up to a great deal. That night a it was everyone’s last night Ella had booked a table at a nice restaurant and we all went and had our last supper! It was a lovely evening and a really nice way to say goodbye. Afterwards everyone headed down to the lake to pre drink before going out. As Friday was the start of the Easter weekend, for some bizarre reason all the pubs and clubs shut at midnight. I wasn’t feeling too great so called it a night early but charlie stayed out and had a good time.

The next morning we all had to say our sad fair wells as there were only 9 of us heading down to Dunedin for the weekend, Ella, rosy and Sophie had it included in there bus ticket so they left before us, and Pete had decided to hire his own car. So we picked up the cars, stuffed everything we owned into them said our goodbyes and set off.

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