Wake early. No breakfast. Wear sports clothes.
The extent of my orders.
My birthday treat would begin upon the arrival of a certain person at a certain hour at a certain hotel on the outskirts of Colima.
The certain hour passed. It’s Mexico.
I was permitted some papaya. Nothing more.
“Vamonos.” Our convoy set off.
We stopped at La Cumbre.
“Yeeees” I’d wanted to try it since I first saw them flying above the city.
Instructions. Strap in. Safety check.
So I ran. Then off.
“Yeeeeoooooh” the first few seconds were terrifying; then absolute peace.
We glided above the farms in the stillness of the sky.
My friends got smaller and smaller.
This was fantastic.
Then around in circles and up, up, up. More circles. We had to rise in order to reach the rendezvous point at the old airport. Over the city. Over my apartment.
Up and Up and around.
I started to feel nauseous.
Up and up.
“What if I need to vomit?”
“Just not on my equipment” replied Santi, my guide.
“Umm. Ok.” Then it happened, papaya flying through the air onto the fields below.
I hoped it didn’t land on any of the cows. Not a good start to a Sunday morning.
It was too much. I was too sick. 20 minutes into the flight we had to descend.
A great disappointment. A great reason to return.
To see old friends. To fly.
Published on http://www.myholidayflashback.auspost.com.au, May 2016.