The headline probably doesn’t make much sense. Especially if you have visions of me being locked in a bathroom.
However this week I was locked in a room and it was like a childhood dream fulfilled. Of course I wasn’t locked in a bathroom, I was locked in a room in Edinburgh with my better half, her sister and her brother-in-law.
We had travelled down for my better half’s sister’s birthday and we had booked into ‘Escape Edinburgh’.
The aim is simple, you are locked in a room and have an hour to solve puzzles and find the key.
I was (and still am) a huge fan of the Crystal Maze. I loved the idea of being on that show so something like this was right up my street. However, my request for matching jackets and a bald man to lead us around the room was denied.
When we arrived at the place we were greeted by two employees who talked us through what we were about to try and conquer. We were to be locked in the ‘Da Vinci’ room and would be checked on periodically via radio every so often for health and safety.
If you ever have the chance to go to one of these breakout /escape rooms I highly recommend it. It was filled with logical puzzles that let us crack codes. Each puzzle had a slightly different spin with blantant clues staring you in the face and sometimes a little more than needed.
I am very happy to report that our team of four cracked the room and found ourselves with the key to escape in a respectable time of 48 minutes. I say respectable because that is what the employee told us. I have no idea whether it was a world beater but I will take respectable.
I will give the employees their due, if we found ourselves completely stuck they were on hand to give us some hints. The majority of the time we found ourselves on the right track but the penny was yet to fully drop.
Before heading into the room, I thought it was going to be a recipe for disaster. I thought it was going to be the fun equivalent of trying to build some furniture with your other half.
You are never sure how people will react under pressure and with that time limit bearing down on us, I was sure we would be having an argument or two. I was over the moon to be wrong on this occasion though as we worked really well together. Would we have made it out the room if there were only two of us? Or maybe even three? I’m not so sure. By my recollection everyone had a ‘eureka’ moment which allowed us to progress further in our quest to get out of the room.
However, now I find myself tempted to try a different room and hope for the same outcome. Maybe sometime in the future - If you have done something similar then you will know all about the rush of adrenaline throughout the process. It was simply a great feeling to put a code in a lock and have it open. The best being the end puzzle where the key was revealed to us.
Being in the Da Vinci room we also had the added task of finding the Holy Grail - which again I am happy to report was also found. In fact we found it before we had the key to the door. I may have celebrated with that cup like a dafty - holding it aloft like I had won the Ashes.
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