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 by Fly Kazbegi in my hostel I decided to give it a try. No surprise!
A last-minute planner as I’m, I called the number and scheduled the paragliding flight for the next day, hoping that the weather will be suitable.
I didn’t ask any more questions, like what I need, how does it work, how long it will takes. See you tomorrow. And hip hip hurray I will paraglide tomorrow. Typical Marysia. Off to enjoy my evening.
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. Great 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.
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! Have you heard about ‘perfect defect’, which is a theory of Universe expanding? I have a theory that I’m experiencing it the first few second of every dive and now of every paragliding flight! Anyway, You all know by now that I’m a bit weird.
The flight itself is very easy, as you have a pilot doing everything for you. You can relax and enjoy the views. Breath-taking views! It seemed super short even though I have been an hour in the air on the 3000m above sea level! I guess it is adrenaline kicking off.
Landing was unexpectedly soft, I was expecting it will be like a hard hit but it was more as a feather slowly descending to the ground.
It was my very first time; but surly not the last one! 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 in my hair and I!
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!