The Basilica Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador is one of the many stunning buildings you will see when wandering the streets of the old town. However, the Basilica uniquely offers an opportunity for a view with a difference… Here’s how spending a mere $2 challenged my fear of heights for good.
I’ve been scared of heights for as long as I can remember. A nervous moth begins to flutter in my stomach as I start to climb unfamiliar stairs, it’s wings flapping more and more viciously against my guts with each step. As I am nearing the top, I begin to suspect that some rare jelly making disease has over taken my legs as they struggle to hold my body weight. I want to hug the railing. Or sit down and cry.
Nothing had changed about this fear-filled state of mind before I set off on my round the world adventure. But 2014 was all about challenges for me, and so… Yes! I thought it would be a great idea, (despite all warnings in popular travel guides) to climb to the top of the Basilica. I wouldn’t let a pesky moth tummy hold me back (I should note that I also have a phobia of moths!)
This is my photo tale of how a very pretty Basilica in Ecuador changed my scaredy mind forever…
It was one of the most tremble-inducing experiences I’ve ever had, and if I’m honest it’s easier to remember it fondly now that it’s over… but… I am no longer scared of heights. I recently climbed a tower and didn’t once get even the tiniest flutter of my moth friend even though all others in the group were nervously hugging the walls.
Facing fears can sometimes be one of the greatest parts of travelling and can make a lasting difference.
The view is stunning, but would you have the stomach to climb to the top?