Acrophobia is the word. For most people, any activity or adventure related to heights is a huge adrenaline rush. But to a lot others, it might be a scary challenge. My fear of heights forbids me from standing close to the edge of a terrace or sitting on its parapets, stooping from the windows of a tall building, riding the fancy giant wheel, or for that matter, walking across bridges.
I came across images of the Geierlay Suspension Bridge for the first time on Instagram, where people were either bucket-listing it, or tick-marking their lists. It was not really a part of mine. Setting foot on a narrow swaying bridge with a gorge beneath was not exactly my idea of an adventure. However, I have to admit that the photographs lured me for a visit. And when a plan of driving down to Germany popped up, visiting this bridge became an indispensable part of the trip. Soon enough (with my personal plan of only watching the bridge from a distance) we found ourselves driving to a quiet German village.