The Trip that made me a Certified Skydiver

Tripoto
21st Jun 2016

Zerxes: The Skydiver!

Photo of The Trip that made me a Certified Skydiver by Zerxes Wadia

Day T - 1

This is how my trip started. Or almost ended. I was supposed to embark on one of my most ambitious projects, to become a Skydiver and here I was sitting on a hospital bed because my stomach decided to take the week off. And my flight was literally the next day.

Day 0

Well guess what? My body healed itself and I got a big YES to go and I was travelling solo, so folks were obviously not too happy but SKYDIVING! YES YES YES! I HATE PACKING but i managed and I was off!

Day 1:

Day 1

And as soon as I reached Paris, I literally just dropped my bags and left to visit the Eiffel Tower! It was on my list for a very long time and I don't know why, maybe because it is so high up in the sky? I love heights and I am equally afraid of them!

I was taken by the sight of it and it was a bit shorter than I thought but the views were simply worth it! In fact I saw my first sunset in Paris on top of the Eiffel Tower!

Do I really need to reiterate how obsessed I was to spend my entire evening here till it got LIT?

Photo of Eiffel Tower, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia
Day 2

DAY 2:

Moving on, I went to check out the next hype item of Paris, The Mona Lisa in Le Louvre! Needless to say I had other observations to make!

It was a beautiful sunny day and The Louvre Pyramid is just so fascinating especially after reading The Da Vinci Code! :D

Probably more breathtaking than the Mona Lisa.

Photo of Louvre Museum, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia

Loads of fancy hallways and exhibitions that were really important and precious but me not being a connoisseur could not really appreciate them as much. I was only looking for the lady with the twisted smile.

Turns out I wasn't the only one looking for her, there she sits at the end of the crowd on the other end of this room. I seriously feel bad for the other art pieces in this room. She's such an attention seeker.

Photo of Louvre Museum, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia

I now know how most women feel when they meet men from Tinder. Jeez, that's so small. An inappropriate #TWSS joke

Photo of Louvre Museum, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia

I then walked over to the Notre Dame Cathedral and had the privilege of walking in its peaceful halls!

A wonderful piece of architecture, inside and outside.

Photo of Notre Dame, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia

Inside the Cathedral

Photo of Notre Dame, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia
Photo of Notre Dame, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia

From there, I moved on to one of the lesser spoken about attractions of Paris, Les Catacombs De Paris which is many many levels underground and is basically what holds the city in place. The city almost caved in because of excessive mining back in the day and at the same time there was the outbreak of plague, so they you used the bones of the deceased to make support pillars for the city which till day holds the city from caving in.

Imagine a hallway like this.

Photo of Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia

Definitely not for the weak of heart.

Photo of Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia

And then I ended the evening with some lighthearted entertainment at the Moulin Rouge! Nothing had prepared me for the ambience and feel of this place.

Photo of Moulin Rouge, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia

The opulence

Photo of Moulin Rouge, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia

The Stage where the magic happens!

Photo of Moulin Rouge, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia

Spent dinner money of the entire trip just on the entry to Moulin Rouge, so a chocolate strawberry crepe should suffice for dinner :P

Photo of Moulin Rouge, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris, France by Zerxes Wadia

Day 3:

This was the day I was waiting for, I had to travel to Mimizan which is where my Skydiving school was and the way to get there was to take a TGV to Bordeaux from Paris and then a regular train to Mimizan.

Day 3

I reached Mimizan only to realize this was a small town in South of France that had no public transport and calling a taxi would have cost me more than 80 Euros and a few hours! So, I hitchhiked with this good samaritan who just offered to drive me to the school!:D

Photo of Mimizan, France by Zerxes Wadia

Once there, it was time to get ready for the real deal, the jumping out of an airplane stuff! The reason why I was in France!

The day ended with me getting familiar with the living quarters and making new friends. Embracing what lay ahead as lay in my bed.

Day 4

Day 4:

The first day of training but before we get to that, a medical test! :D

This is when it finally happens, JUMP 1! Watch the VLOG below

My very first jump from an airplane and it happens to be a solo skydive! :D

The experience of jumping out of that airplane was scary, exhilarating, liberating, and so much more at once. Hard to describe it but want to relive it over and over again!

Day 5

Day 5:

It is now time to put everything I learnt and practice and learn mid air, the posture, the tricks, everything! Watch Vlog 2 below!

Clearly a long way to go before I can jump unsupervised, this vlog captures the trials of being steady in air which is looks a lot simpler than what it really is! But these three jumps marked the end of Day 5!

Day 6

Day 6:

I had this one day to prove that I had learnt what I needed to be a skydiver! I had to prove it or I would lose my shot at getting certified! I had to, had to make it count!

I did it! I did it! I am now a certified skydiver and I can track through the sky like an arrow and jump unsupervised! YES!!!!

Day 7

Days 7-8-9

I now had the license to jump, so no assisted instructor supervising me which meant no pictures while i was in the air and that was just sad, but the memories live on and so do the friendships!

I worked really hard for this one but waited even longer!

Photo of OJB Parachutisme, Allée Andrée Dupeyron, Mimizan, France by Zerxes Wadia
Day 9

At the end of it my instructor Jean Phi, took me out for an evening in the town with his family and what a memorable experience that was! Thank you for the memories.

The dainty little town of Mimizan!

Photo of Mimizan Plage, Mimizan, France by Zerxes Wadia

The wonderful beach that just lay there, so peaceful this was after all the skydiving!

Photo of Mimizan Plage, Mimizan, France by Zerxes Wadia

Meet my trainer and his family, I could not have asked for a better instructor in the skies! Thank you Jean Phi!

Photo of Mimizan Plage, Mimizan, France by Zerxes Wadia

By the end of it, I was giving sermons! :D

Day 11

Day 10-11:

I returned to Paris and chilled but I was done staring at the camera and I took these 2 days to just be and shop and relax and before I knew it, I was in Mumbai running from one shoot to another! :)

Day 12

I leave you with this memory etched into my mind and heart forever, I hope I have inspired you to atleast think about your next travel if not skydiving! Go live your dreams, there's only one life for us!

Photo of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Zerxes Wadia
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