Moving on with my Europe series (click here to see my adventure in Barcelona) I find myself in Berlin, Germany. I have some friends in Berlin that I promised to visit. So I did. True story. These were people I haven't seen since high school. And that was a long time ago. I am getting old.
Of course, I can't go to a place and not have some adventures. This is ME we're talking about. The first thing that shows up in a Google search of 'adventures in Berlin' is Jochen Schweizer. They offer several different extreme adventures in the city. One of them involved free falling from the tallest building in the city. I'm like, "SOLD".
They call this activity Base Flying. I'm not so sure why, since there is no flying involved. I guess Base Dropping doesn't sound as cool. The way it works is they put a harness on you, connect that to a cable, then you freefall down the 37-story Park Inn until the cable stops you from turning into a flapjack. Cool, right?
Like walking the plank from the top of a skyscraper
My friend, Stefanie, wouldn't do this with me but she was allowed to observe me from the roof and be my camera girl. We got a great view of Berlin from the roof since it's right downtown. But looking down to the ground 125 meters below me did get my nerves going. That's a long way to fall.
It took them 3 tries before they got my harness to fit me correctly. I guess the girl was new. I didn't mind, they're insuring my safety, even though I did sign their waiver so they're not responsible for my death either way. They did make jokes about the safety too. I think they knew I could take it since I looked confident enough. Germans like to joke around.
Fitting the harness
The hardest part of the whole thing was being lifted by the cable and them telling me to let go of the railings so that i was freely dangling with nothing but atmosphere and gravity below me for 120 chilling meters. They did a countdown and off I went.
3... 2... 1...
That feeling you get in your stomach when you're freefalling... wow. I've gotten it before with skydiving and bungy jumping and even cliff jumping. It's what the adrenaline junkies like me get high off of.
After it was all done, they gave me a certificate of my accomplishment and a coupon for their other activities if I want to do more of them. I'll be using it next time I'm in Berlin.
Have you ever gotten that freefall feeling in your stomach? Do you even know what I'm talking about? Haha.
Would you be brave enough to do this?
My video is at DLive