So I felt like a long hike today. Staring around midday. July in Andalusia. Silly me.
Nah it was fine. But at the end I had really licked off the last drop of my two full liter bottles of water, and was still thirsty. God never did a coke (a COKE! Yes with sugar and caffeine!!) taste better than after those 4 (YES 4!!) hours of hiking in the desert sun.
The hike starts in Benaocaz, a little mountain village. The sign at the entrance promises an hour of walking so I was already a bit disappointed since I was prepared for a longer hike. But I could just continue walking, on and on, not knowing where I would end up (I looked it up later at home - I would have reached Grazalema after 4 hours). But I turned around after 2 hours of walking - and got lost! I must say I panicked a bit, being on my own in the middle of nowhere in the burning heat, running out of water - and really NO SOUL around, just here and there a goat. And everywhere just rocks and thorn bushes.
It felt like a real survival and adventure trip so well, that was good.
After 4 hours I reached the village and got me the ice cold coke - damn deserved.
Nice hike but a bit boring. Although great if you really don't want to meet anyone (like me most of the time).
So we did this!! The birthday present for my dear kitchen colleague Tamzin aka chocho was a paragliding flight! And of course she couldn't go on her own! So Mary (who refused to hold the stick during the flight and has no photos/videos), Somesh and I joined her - and it was fabulous!!
Each of us flew a different route with our guide which was really cool. We started in the nearby village El Bosque, a perfect spot for hanglider and paraglider. We saw quite a lot of them over the cliffs (their advantage was that they had been flying without the motor so they got real close to the huge vultures up there. These birds get up to 2 m so that must have been so impressive! It was so cool to see the birds getting real close to the paragliders and checking out these weird plastic "birds").
But we had chosen to fly with a motor which was great too!
My flight went from El Bosque all the way to Prado del Rey which was fabulous! I could see my house :) Then we continued and flew all the way to Suryalila - how much fun was that. It was spectacular seeing Suryalila from above, those well-known buildings I work in every day. We got so low that I could spot our center manager Harry on the lawn and we were waving at each other.
This was really such a good idea, and I definitely wanna do it again!