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How to Have an Adventure Without Leaving the Greater Boston Area

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How to Have an Adventure Without Leaving the Greater Boston Area

I will admit it, I am pretty much obsessed with Indiana Jones. I am not ashamed: I freakin’ love it! I have watched the movies countless times and I find them funnier and more enjoyable every time.  The adventure and clear plot lines of good versus evil endlessly delight my inner child and my penchant for history, though I hope no one believes Indiana Jones depicts legitimate historical facts or represents archaeology.  So, when I first heard of TOMB (presented by 5W!TS), and the advertisement informed me that my “bone-chilling adventure awaits”, I knew I had to give it a try. This was my chance to be Indy minus being shot at by Nazis or having my heart pulled out by a worshiper of Kali Ma (please note that this is a horrible misrepresentation of the actual Hindu Goddess).  7:00- It is a devastatingly rainy and dismal night out as I head for TOMB with my friends Cecilie and Brendan in tow. We are all brimming with nerdy excitement as we arrived. The lobby is full of supposed Ancient Egyptian sarcophagi and statues and the gift store consists of safari vests and pitch helmets. Even the ATM is nestled into an obelisk.  7:15- Our guide Sarah has just told us our mission: A Professor has become trapped within the tomb and we must find him. Yes, if you were wondering, the Ancient Egyptians did reach as far as Boston, it’s just not highly publicized. As we are trained archaeologists, Sarah informs us that we will not die at the hands of some wrathful 2,000 year old Pharaoh. After a heated discussion on why mummies are always depicted as angry evil people seeking revenge when they could easily be friendly and down-to-earth, we head to the entrance of the Tomb. I am afraid, my dear readers, that I must leave you now. I do not want to divulge any secrets of what lies within the tomb or give you hints for the trials you must face. Plus I am going to be busy try to stay alive so I will need all my wits about me.  8:00-Well we did it. We have freed the Pharaoh’s Spirit to once again walk the afterlife in peace. The three of us are feeling pretty smug, despite the fact that we all over thought every single challenge to the utter confusion of our guide Sarah, who was also the best part of the whole experience. I have never seen someone put so much effort and enthusiasm into a performance they have to repeat probably ten times a day. She just had so much heart and steadfastly stayed in character. Not even when greeted by the quizzical stares of three bratty college students did she back down. Fearlessly she led us through the trials and tribulations of the pesky ancient curse. Yes, TOMB may be directed at a younger audience but it was still fun and fulfilled some of my Indiana Jones fantasies. So, if you have some free time a and a little extra cash to blow, then bring a large group of friends and take a trip to Ancient Egypt in the heart of Boston.   5W!TS is located at 186 Brookline Avenue in Boston, directly across the street from the Landmark Center and the website is http://www.5-wits.com.