Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hooters wings and a 200 foot free fall in Switzerland

On my second day in Interlaken, I felt a rush of YOLO come over me. I figured that this weekend could in fact be my last time in Switzerland for quite a long time, so I decided that I needed to do something a little crazy....

Like canyon jumping.

But before that could be done, it was mandatory that we stopped at Hooters. For some chicken strips.

So worth the 15 francs. 

At three pm, our Outdoor Interlaken guide picked us up from Balmer's and drove us 25 minutes to a town called Gimmelwald-- the most picture picture Swiss town that you could ever imagine.

When we arrived to the canyon we would be jumping through, I walked to the ledge and looked down... far. Very far. That's when I started shaking...

Before we were weighed and strapped into our harnesses, the liability waiver was read aloud to us. I wish I had recorded it-- it made us all laugh a bit. My favorite part was where it stated that you will not jump if you are pregnant-- because it would be twice the price. 

I originally told myself that I would go second or third because I didn't want to go first and I thought I would get too scared if I waited for too long. But some of the students from the Bus2alps trip asked if I could take pictures and videos of them jumping, so I ended up going LAST. It worked out for the best though-- by the time I went, I was so excited, and knew that I would have to just GO, and not think about it too much.

It was almost dark by the time that I got to jump, but here's the video! 

Like my scream? The feeling was absolutely crazy. Falling 200 feet for four seconds-- almost indescribable. Did I love it? YES. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat-- but I'm thinking skydiving over the Swiss Alps is next !

Once I got back to the hostel, I emailed the video to my parents, who had NO idea of exactly what I was up to in Switzerland... the reaction when I called them later that day was priceless.


  1. Ah I've always been so tempted to eat at that Hooters!

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