I love adrenaline. We all know that! I’m always willing to try crazy things. We all know that! I’m more and more into extreme sports. We all know that! So when I have spotted a poster advertising paragliding in my hostel in Kazbegi I decided to give it a try!
A last-minute planner as I’m, I called the number and scheduled the paragliding flight for the next day, if the weather will be suitable.
I didn’t ask any other question, like what I need, how does it work, how long it will takes. See you tomorrow! And hip hip hurray I will paraglide tomorrow!
The next day I woke up after a long looooong night of partying to a lovely sunny day, got breakfast, got shower and off I went with a smile on my face!
The paragliding school in Kazbegi is run by Ukrainian people. I have met my instructor, little chitchat and we jumped into 4 wheeler. The starting point was up in the mountain facing the Kazbegi village.
For some strange reason they assumed I speak Russian, I tried to explain that I would much prefer instructions in English (they both spoke English quiet well), but with a smile on their faces they said: ‘Marysia you are a Polish Girl and your Russian is perfect’. Somehow I wanted to believe that! I got a briefing, we waited for a while for good wind conditions and we jumped/run into air… you chose!
The beginning was the most difficult, he told me to run as fast as I can and focus on that instead of the cliff I was facing! Or at least this is what I have understood lol Easy peasy when you think of it; try standing in my spot ha ha ha
We run into the air and after few seconds we were up, paragliding! The view was spectacular! The feeling was something I have never experienced before! Maybe a bit similar to diving in the sense of space expanding! You have heard about ‘perfect defect’, which is a theory of Universe expanding? I have a theory I’m experiencing it the first few second of every dive and now of every paragliding flight! Anyway, You all know that I’m a bit weird ha ha ha :)
The flight itself is very easy, as you have a pilot doing everything for you. Seemed very short even though I have been an hour in the air on the 3000m above sea level! Landing is unexpectedly soft.
It was my first time; only after the flight I had a look online on what kind of crazy stuff people can do! And that there are World Paragliding Championships etc etc
I will surly try paragliding again and again and maybe one day will be allowed to fly myself! Totally free, the wind and me!
Oh, and it comes up my Russian is not so bad! Best prove? I ‘m still alive!
Watch my paragliding video!
I have made a short video for you to have a look; please do not be too harsh! It is my first paragliding experience and my first video making experience! I will get better I promise, at both! Ha ha ha