Welcome to this travel blog which is inspired by the wandering clouds effortlessly gliding through distant lands. Sometimes almost still as if watching the beauty of the earth below and at times rushing to some place far away – as if on an endless travel mission. This is where I share my observations, experiences and thoughts gathered during my travels

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wonders with Bricks

When our daughter was big enough to take the adventure park rides, we decided to visit Legoland. We thought, even if she disliked the rides, she would have many other things to do at Legoland, given that she has enjoyed collecting and building with Duplo and later with Lego bricks. I remember she was fascinated when I got her a book from her library that explained how things are made at Lego factory. At that time, she had dreamt of working there when she grew up. So, a trip to Legoland was not only justified but it had become a must.

Taj made with Lego bricks
We visited the Legoland located at Carlsbad, California and decided to spend the entire day there even before the gates had opened. As soon as we stepped in, we knew that we were going to stand in front of every model that was on display and say ‘Wow, amazing how they’ve made it’. We got into a boat that took us for a ride through various models that have been constructed of the world’s different architectural wonders. We also walked through an area where they have recreated The Strip of Las Vegas, the swearing-in ceremony of President Obama, and other elaborate scenes like the opera, New York downtown, etc. There was a ride that took us through a safari where animals and birds were made with Lego bricks. Also on display were replicas of famous paintings made with small bricks.

Our daughter was anxious to experience some action. So we took her on her first roller coaster ride and then there was no looking back. She enjoyed it so much, that she wanted to experience the thrill again and again. The rides at Legoland are much easier than the ones at Six Flags or Disneyworld but they are just right for the uninitiated. While waiting for some rides, I remember her looking around and finding comfort in the fact that there were children who were a lot younger than her but were completely cool about taking the rides. That’s how our minds work, I thought. We draw comfort from looking at those who appear to be completely self-assured although we may not know if they indeed are and what makes them so. Unfortunately, our daughter could not take one ride, Knight’s Tournament, because it required her to take off her earrings which were sealed. But hubby and I took the ride in which a robotic arm stretches out over a moat and twists and turns at high speed. We had our insides completely shaken up.

The 3D movies screened were a big hit with kids, especially the one featuring Bob the Builder. There was a small exhibit displaying how the Lego bricks are actually built with total precision so that the inter-locking system is guaranteed for every single piece. It is claimed that only 18 bricks per one million do not meet their quality norms.

Outside the Imagination Zone, there was a huge model of Einstein. Inside, children were free to imagine and construct. Manufacturing these bricks is indeed a highly sophisticated process, but the process by which a child discovers the wonders that can be created using the inter-locking bricks and the process of actually creating meaningful models out of the bricks is no less sophisticated.

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