Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Travel Challenge, Day 3 - An Adventure Abroad

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Day 3 - An adventure/challenge you had while traveling abroad

Uh, Day 3's prompt is a little hard. Part of me wanted to phone it in and just post a link to last week's hot air balloon post from Turkey, but I can't do that. :)

I guess the most adventurous thing I've done abroad is whitewater rafting. This is pretty darn hysterical if you know me personally because I barely swim. After finishing up my externship/internship or whatever you want to call it, I took a 10 day group overland road trip through Namibia and Botswana, which ended at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. One of the activities our group could choose was white water rafting on the Zambezi River. Who was the crazy person that chose to go?
**Raises hand**

All I can say is that there is a picture some where in my collection that resembles something like this:


I'm not kidding when I say that there were moments when I thought I was going to die. The Zambezi is a Category 5 river in terms of rafting difficulty. The highest category is a 6.

Luckily, the really crazy rapids were at the beginning. Since I was on the last boat of our group to leave, I got to watch each boat capsize barely past the first rapid. When it was our turn, we didn't make it either. I've never felt water come over me with such force before. When toppled over, all I could feel was me sinking. I didn't even touch the bottom of the river! Honestly, it was the longest 10 or so seconds of my life. I remember that my life flashed before me. No joke!! All I could think was: "I never got to say goodbye to my mother." :)

Life jackets are your best friends in this kind of situation. I finally made it to the top, and air felt great even though I was coughing up a ridiculous amount of water. We had some more crazy moments down river, but I am still alive and able to write that I survived white water rafting on the Zambezi. :)

Let me hear some of your stories of adventure or challenge abroad.

Did you enjoy yesterday's post? Check out some other folks writing for the Travel Challenge:

Deidre at Vai Via
Earnest at Fly Brother

4 comments:

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Wow, that sounds SOOOO scary. I've been water rafting but nothing like this. I'm terrified of water. You are so brave.

I was once climbing the Atlas mountains in Morocco, lost my footing, and was hanging off a cliff holding onto a flimsy branch. Thank God I had a team with me!

vaivia said...

This scares the living daylights out of me. So why do I still want to do it so badly???

And I've heard others who have had similar "scariest xx seconds of my life" - and I'm still considering doing it. Crazy I know!

BigAppleNosh said...

I've always wanted to try white water rafting - looks so exciting!

PS I'm able to comment on your blog from a Mac but not a PC. Weird, right? One thing that worked for me was changing the comment option from embedded below post to separate window or pop-up window. Good luck! :)

Micah and Catherine said...

I climbed in the Tatras in Poland. I am NOT a climber. I was convinced I was going to fall off the ledge to my death.

 

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