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Paragliding in Lima

August 12, 2013
Paragliding Lima

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”  – Leonardo Da Vinci

I’ve always dreamt of one day being able to soar above the skies. When I was young, I wanted to become an airline pilot, a parachute jumper or if not, Superman.

While career-wise it didn’t pan, my dream of being on the skies never dwindled out.

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That’s why when I heard that you can paraglide in Lima, I knew that it was an opportunity I could not missed out.

Along the cliffs of Lima, a  group of paragliders arrange daily paragliding trips. For 50 USD, they fly from Parapuerto in Parque de Amor for 15 minutes up the cliffs of Costa Verde overlooking the Pacific.

It was originally not part of the plan. As we went through our heavy schedule in Peru – doing the Inca trail, intercity travels, a wedding – me and my bank account weren’t really up for another activity.

I was there to accompany my friend to do her flight. But after being on the queue and seeing how it is, I’ve took on my #YOLO attitude and decided to go for it too.

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On our first try, we couldn’t fly at first. We were on the queue waiting for our turn to fly when the organisers decided to pull it off as the winds were quite strong. We came home disappointed.

We went the next day, our last day in Lima. The queue was already long and I was worried that we won’t get the chance to fly. We queued for hours and as we got nearer the winds started to slow down. I thought, this was it, we are going to be asked to go home.

Until finally, “Sir, how many kilos are you?”. “68 kilos” the guy on my left responded. The booker looked it at me, “63 kilos”, I said. The booker looked at me and ushered me out of the queue. Since I’m lighter, it’s much easier for me to be carried up.

They strapped me into the harness. I gave my payment to my tandem paraglider. Once all is set, we went to our position. “I count to 3 and then you run”. And we were off!

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As we soared onto the skies of Lima, I felt like a kid again. I felt like Peter Pan, off to Neverland. I felt like superman on a cape on soaring above the skies.

It was a fitting end for our trip, but a new beginning for a renewed wanderlust for the skies.

Have you been paragliding? How was your experience? Share your thoughts below!

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What makes an adventure an adventure?

July 25, 2013
Adventure

What’s an adventure? Is it something that needs to involve an exotic place or a dangerous activity?

It came to mind when Nigel Clifford, a traveler and the founder of Adventure Underwear, asked me to test their product on my next adventure.

I went through my travel plans to see if I have something on those lines planned. With neither Inca trails to climb nor neither oceans to explore, I had little options.

Finaly, I decided to test it at Belgium’s Rock Werchter festival.  While it may not fit the classic definition of an adventure, being in a crowd of 85,000 all jamming, jumping and singing, it sure felt like one.

And so begs the question, what really counts as an adventure?

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I believe that an adventure is something that shouldn’t be limited by a place or an event. Being in the Himalayas can be an adventure, but so is walking on a neighbourhood in your city that you haven’t been to. For me, it’s about finding excitement into being in different places or doing different things.

 

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I believe that a great adventure is not only about the places or activities you do but the people you do it with. On my travels, there are places that in terms of sights have not a lot to offer. But because of the people I was with, these places were often the most memorable. I believe that when you are with the right people, you can easily create moments that last forever.

 

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I think an adventure should be something that will make you appreciate spending your time doing it.  It’s an activity that should push your boundaries and challenge fears. It’s an activity that should bring you learning and valuable experiences.

 

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Our life is one big adventure. Each day, regardless how exciting or mundane it went, should be treated as an adventure. Our everyday moments shape who we are – our perception, values and attitudes. I believe that each moment, no matter how simple it is, should always be treated and regarded as an adventure.

 

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In the end, it’s about living the life that you want to live. It’s about striving for your dreams and making sure that it happens.  I believe that if you aim for reaching your dreams – may it be climbing Mount Everest or learning a language – the journey to get to your dream IS an adventure in itself.

So instead of asking what is an adventure, your question should be what WILL BE your next adventure?

I got inspired to write this post thanks to Nigel and his innovative product – Adventure Underwear. They are currently raising funds on their kickstarter project.

It’s a simple concept – your normal boxers with a couple of pockets big enough to hold money, credit cards and even your smart phones. It’s waterproof and made from one of the finest wool. It’s comfort and usefulness in a small package.

It’s definitely one of the innovations that us travelers will never take for granted again.  It has a potential to be a classic travel gear with its simplicity and ingenuity.

I’ve been given a sample and been asked to review the product.  All opinions in this post, however, are all my own. 

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