Posted by: Larzizou | January 3, 2008

Victoria Falls – The Fall, Zimbabwe

Although I have no evidentiary picture, I risked (and highly feared for) my life rafting in the Zambezi river. I have written a pretty amazing account of it in French, firstly because I did not want to forget and secondly to boast (I am such a daredevil). I did the same for The Fall. I am afraid my ability to narrate what I felt concisely and precisely in English limits me to post pictures, so I hope they are eloquent.The bungee cables and the Zambezi river 111 meters down. We jump from the bridge that can be seen in the previous post. It is the third highest bungee in the world.

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Only four of us are brave (or clueless) enough to jump. Scott is fearless so we decide that he will jump first, which he agrees to. Although he looks confident, he is no more talkative than Grant, Pippa and I the hour preceding the jump. Getting saddled.
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The flying man.
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At the very bottom.
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My face screams “I want to balk but it’s too late”. At this point, I believe I am next to jump. I don’t want to be last; neither do Grant and Pippa but they lost at head or tail.
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Do you know why they smile ? Correct: because they are not jumping.
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But I am not the next one to jump, so is the decision of the bungee staff. Grant and Pippa are jumping in tandem.
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I cannot help but look at the void. It’s a very unpleasant attraction. If you zoom in, you can see that the ropes are fraying (s’effilocher, in French). All of them. How creepy is it to realize that just before the jump ?
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And back up. Which also means: time to get on the platform !
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What ?
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Concentrating and realizing the jumping gear is crappy.
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You don’t see him, but the cameraman is trying to get me speaking – in vain.
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Trying to smile. Not working, is it ?
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I am firmly holding the metallic bar. He is trying to get me holding the handles covered in sticking bands.
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“Look ahead, not down.” As if…
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“5, 4, 3, 2, 1, buuunnnggggeeeeeeee”
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Even in the air, I look stiff. Like a condor.
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And I have a big ass.
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Until then, I am still falling straight.
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And now I am spinning like it’s chanukkah.
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Back up.
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Up.
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Down again, spinning.
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It doesn’t get any better.
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After having bounced 4-5 times, finally up. It takes at least 5 minutes to get back to the lower level of the bridge.
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And I still feel upside down inside.
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Much deserved picture. Although I am smiling, it will take me a good couple of hours to leave my state of shock, and speak and breathe normally.
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After the jump, the four of us, according to Grant, are “cool as f***”.
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  1. you are my hero

  2. I appreciate very little to benefit from the same comment than someone who boasts strong ties with our most revered president.


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