This is one of those “When in Rome” stories.
Interlaken is a beautiful city in Central Switzerland and it’s the outdoor extreme sports capital of the world. Skydiving, canyon swinging, paragliding, hangliding, bungee jumping and more! I knew that I wanted to do one of these extreme sports, but it was hard to choose which one. Long story short, my 2 friends convinced me to go bungee jumping.
To be honest, I was too afraid to do it. I would have rather gone skydiving for my first extreme sport. My friends egged me on and my buddy said that he would jump in only his white underwear if I went. I was sold on the spot.
It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We paid $200 the day before to reserve our spot the next day. I didn’t know what to expect, so I tried to remain calm and not think about it…
Next morning, we woke up and the shuttle picked us up from our hostel. The guys who work for the bungee jump were awesome dudes! They immediately handed us each a beer (at 7AM) and blasted heavy metal as we cruised one-hour into the Swiss Alps.
We got to the facility and they handed us each another beer to ease our nerves (it worked). There were about 10 other people doing the jump with us. They made us each sign a paper that said the company wouldn’t get sued if we died….
I was expecting some sort of instructions or tutorial before we went, but they did NOTHING. They just took our weights to see what kind of bungee cord we needed, and they gave us our crotch-tight girdles to put on. Then, they wished us luck and off we went.
We all crammed together in a gondola (literally a ski lift) to the climax of the jump. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking. We were surrounded by the Swiss Alps in every direction, and we were about to jump over a giant freshwater lake. The height was 150 meters (almost 500 feet).
The instructor asked for a volunteer to go first, and no one raised their hand. So he pointed to the one Asian kid to go first, and he complied. He jumped, and I had butterflies in my stomach.
Next, he looked directly at me and dragged me to the front of the line. I looked down. It was a long fucking way to the lake at the bottom. I tried not to psych myself out, but it was difficult because everything in my mind/body was telling me ” NO, DON’T JUMP.” I stood there for a few seconds and they started a countdown “5…4…3…” and before they got to “…2..,” I turned to my friend behind me and said “SLAP me in the face as hard as you can.” He did. I immediately turned around and jumped.
It was amazing. I can’t even explain the feeling. After the jump, they pulled me down into a boat on the lake and unstrapped me. I felt like I could rule the world.
Do something crazy, and you’ll never regret it.
I can’t wait to go again!