Enigma Quests School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Review

Essentially, the Enigma Quests School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is an Escape Room, based around the theme of Harry Potter

What is an Escape Room?

An escape room is a popular entertainment activity, where small teams of people, 3-5 roughly, are up against the time, in order to complete a mission to escape a room they are trapped in. Puzzles, challenges and clues are to be solved co-operatively to complete the mission successfully.

My Experience

I absolutely love Harry Potter (if you didn’t already know) and was absolutely thrilled to participate in this challenge with my 5 friends.

The location of Enigma Quests was highly accessible, being very close to Liverpool Street Station in Central London. As soon as we entered the site, I could feel my nerves and anticipation creep up.

The team at Enigma Quests were very welcoming and since I’m an early bird, we arrived early and chilled in the lounge – where we played multiple board games and helped ourselves to the refreshments available.

Once we entered the escape room (after our prep) we all desperately ran around attempting to find clues. At first we were all so confused but managed to figure our way around. The escape room was very challenging and required exceptional team effort. The challenge itself was absolutely thrilling and we all had an AMAZING time, especially as our first escape room experience.

I am also very proud to say our team managed to escape the room within the 60 minutes we had. We achieved an outstanding result, with 2 minutes remaining.

This escape room was well worth the £20 I paid for it. And thanks to Enigma Quests, I would happily participate in another escape room.

Hm, for my birthday in April, I’m possibly thinking about going to the ‘Snatch: A Million Pound Heist’ escape room by Enigma Quest, which is opening soon.

Suggestion for improvement

My time with Enigma Quests was brilliant and the only suggestion I can think of is an item of remembrance e.g. a certificate of achievement, to be given which would commemorate the achievement of teams. Or possibly a Hogwarts Acceptance Letter?

Enigma Quests Website: https://enigmaquests.london/about

 

Egypt adventure for 7 spectacular days…

Egypt is absolutely stunning. I spent 7 fantastical days at a resort in Sharm El-Sheikh. Although I did go out of the resort a couple of days to the market (at night), I went on a speedboat, quad/buggy biking, road a camel and went on a submarine. The experience was absolutely breath-taking.

Most of my time was spent by the pool in the resort; screaming down waterslides and the like. All in all Egypt is a wonderful place to be, however the heat may be the only reason I would state otherwise.

Pictures of the resort we stayed in and one from the top deck of the submarine (before going down):

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Bite the Ballot

Recently, I was invited to a speech delivered by Matthew Barzun, the ambassador of the US embassy in London. To say I was excited was an understatement. Politics and foreign policies were some things which I never really showed much of an interest in during school time. However, outside of school my interests ranged from the weirdest things (not that politics is weird). But I never fully understood politics. Although, that was probably due to the lack of knowledge I had of it and the lack of time to actually sit down and research about it. Of course I knew who the prime minister is but the values and beliefs he had? Not so much.

The speech itself and the issues we talked about during the time we had, intrigued me. And from then, a couple of weeks later, the group of us who were present at the speech were invited to the US embassy in London itself, amongst other guests who were older than us. We were invited to a session for the ‘Bite the Ballot’ scheme enabling and encouraging young voters.

I’ll skip to the main point here: some of the ideas and issues announced at this Q&A session had me thinking and agreeing. The CEO and social activist, Michael Sani mentioned the lack of education in politics in schools, saying that he believed that if young people were educated in this sector, they would perhaps be more involved in the politics of our country.

I completely agree with his view on this matter. If young people, like myself, were educated and informed about political systems, we would understand enough to have a voice in it. Because it is our future and our generation that will be effected by the political decisions made. I would love to have a say or even thought, on who I would like as the next election winner. But I’m too young to vote. But those that can should, because it’s the future of your country, you should have a say in it.

I understand that politics is important but I don’t know much about it. I personally don’t know enough to have a say in it. Without prior knowledge: I stand nowhere, I have no voice in this matter. That, I believe should be changed.

Insurgent Premiere

I haven’t yet written about my visit to the insurgent red carpet premiere in London so I thought it was about time.

Insurgent is the second book of the Divergent trilogy (which were absolutely amazing reads). The last book had me bawling at 5am in the morning for hours, non-stop. They were honestly worth the read. Although, pretty similar to usual YA dystopia’s.

But back to my trip … when I heard that there was going to be an Insurgent premiere in London I jumped at the idea of being there to meet cast members I adore. At that moment I instantly checked my availability for the date and almost screamed once I knew I could go. Also, I searched up all the relevant information etc.

The next step was tackling my mother, whom I thought would never let me go. But guess what? She was totally fine with it! Phew.

On the day of the premiere I was really nervous about not getting to meet them and it was my first premiere so I was utterly lost. But twitter came to my rescue! I talked to a couple of friends who were also going and they helped me out a lot. Thank God for that.

I’m not going to give you all an entire rundown of my day, only what actually happened and if I even met anyone. Thankfully yes, yes I did. Tears of joy leaked my eyes when I managed to get my Insurgent book signed by Veronica Roth (the author). And then I got a poster signed by Shailene Woodley who plays Tris (I love her!). Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get anything signed from Theo James (plays Four/Tobias) since he was getting called from miles away all the damn time! However, I did see him and I guess that’s what really matters.

Insurgent Premiere

The funniest thing happened to me towards the end of the red carpet premiere. In comes Conor Maynard and towards my direction may I add! After frantically screaming “Connor, Connor”, the two of us posed for a picture together. Only problem: my phone doesn’t have a front camera… so I flipped it around to use the back one. And guess what? My stupid self managed to somehow cut myself out of the picture. Haha.

Nevertheless, for my first premiere I was unbelievably ecstatic and would love to go a premiere again sometimes soon. I’m thinking Mockingjay? If there is one here: in London.

Digital Revolution (out with friends)

Wow quick update lol! So yesterday I went out with my friends to the Barbican centre in the city of London where they were holding an exhibition called Digital Revolution.

So we went to the exhibition and it was really awesome! There were tons of video games which we played and we saw how different effects were used in creating many films. We saw sketches of video games and how they started off and movies like ‘how to train your dragon’. There was a wishing wall there in which you speak into a microphone making a wish and a butterfly appears on the wall spelling out your wish, then your wish spins around and turns into a butterfly and flies away joining the other butterflies on the wall. It was really cool!

There was a display in which you participate (I did): when you flap your arms and face the screen your shadow is of a massive bird flying. As you flap your arms faster the bird begins to lift up and fly away. This was one of my most favourite bits from the whole experience. It was so wonderful to participate in and looked really awesome.

Here’s a picture:

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After the exhibition where we spent 2 hours, my friends and I all decided to take a trip to the museum of London where we saw some artefacts. But then we weren’t really paying attention so we headed out to Costa. So that’s a short recount of my visit…hope you didn’t find it too boring lol.

You guys should all check it out! Byye 🙂

Short trip to Bristol

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while but I’ve just gotten back from a 4 day trip to Bristol which if you didn’t know is in South West England. I had to go to Bath for a family wedding and me and my family stayed in an apartment in Bristol which was pretty nice.

On the last day we hopped onto a ferry but guess what? It actually started pouring and my dad got mad at me (because just before the boat ride he said “what if it rains?” and I said “it doesn’t matter”) LOL and I was just laughing. So because of me apparently we were all drenched in rain water but luckily the rain stopped after a while so we grabbed some lunch and stayed outside.

After lunch, we were all still soaking but we then decided to jump onto a tour bus.  We stayed on the top deck so about 40 minutes later we were all dried off and we got off at the suspension bridge so we could walk down it.

Scenery from the bridge:

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The bridge was actually just amazing and here’s a picture I took…

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There were a lot of beautiful structures in Bristol and I saw a really nice house made of stone that I really liked which the tour guide got onto talking about. At his statement my jaw dropped in complete and utter shock; the house was worth £3-4 million pounds. WhAT tHe aCtuAl hElL?

Oh and lastly we had frozen yogurt which my mum treated us too. I got chocolate with white hundreds and thousands! Yum…

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