Birthday Adrenaline Rush in Sydney

The stage was set: A day off from work, an extension to a birthday weekend. An ordinary Friday morning that developed into a beautiful, sunny afternoon with the most stunning ocean colours that I've seen since arriving here 10 months ago. A not so minor detail, however, was making a rescheduling seem inevitable: the wind was up and blowing in all directions. Two other attempts at this particular activity were unsuccessful due to...windy conditions. I was prepared to give it just this one more try. If it wasn't meant to be today, I was going to take the hint and find a different way to spend my time and money. I was surprisingly relaxed as I waited for three hours before being called over to sign away my life and put on my jumpsuit. That's when the nerves spiked up a bit. Calmness returned, however, while we were stuck in a traffic jam on route to the airport, and then returned again while I was distracted by the beautiful scenery on the way up to 14,000 feet. There may have been moments of fear too though, while sitting right next to the transparent airplane door and when finding out we were only halfway up. Oh, and maybe right before we jumped out! It's hard to put the rest into words. Although it all happens very quickly, I will always remember the feeling of flying out of the airplane and the unbelievable views of the place I've called home this year. If you've ever considered skydiving, I encourage you to go for it. If not, that's ok too but man, that was fun!

Look at those blue skies!
Our transport to the airport once we were suited up and met our instructors.

Small airplane - eek! 
Up we go!

Yuck! What an ugly place this is.

Third in line. Umm...do we have to?
Okay, this isn't so bad! It's a bit hard to breathe but "wow"...

Just enjoying the descent and trying to forever imprint the incredible view
There are just a few beaches around here

All smiles!

Safely on the ground, just a 10 minute walk from home

And onto more birthday celebrations and adventures. Will be hard to top this one, no doubt.



  1. SG: This is amazing!! I can feel your nerves, thrill and excitement! Such an epic way to celebrate your birthday :) Great pics!