I love puzzles. The challenge of finding where a piece goes, reasoning what shape or colour fits a space, the satisfaction of making whole what was in pieces, that satisfaction of completing the picture. But when Margaurita gave me a Rubik’s Cube for Christmas that all changed. My excitement turned to frustration, followed by annoyance, then hopelessness and finally obsession.
It wasn’t long before I had mixed up the colours on the cube, and I was confident that I would be able to figure it out with a little patience but I was either wrong or I ran out of patience as the cube drove me crazy for the rest of Christmas Day. I couldn’t do anything else until I had figured it out. At best I could do one side but the other five had me stumped. So I turned to Google for some help and found out that solving a Rubik’s Cube is a matter of learning several long and complicated algorithms. After spending most of the afternoon following various step by step diagrams I was eventually able to restore my Rubik’s Cube to its rightful state and could finally put it down = the worst Christmas present.
Solving it once wasn’t enough though. Just like 15 years ago when I decided to teach myself to juggle (which came in handy for the EF Christmas Show 2009), I was determined to teach myself to solve the Rubik’s Cube. So my one and only New Year’s resolution for 2011 was to be able to solve a 3×3 Rubik’s Cube in under 5 minutes. Well a couple of months later, after memorising several complicated algorithms and lots of practice I have achieved my goal. Watch me in action in the video below = the best Christmas present.