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Tarzan … Jane … Sort of!

Anyone heard of zipline? Have you “zipped” yourself? A friend signed me up not knowing what to expect. But since I am with other crew members, it will be so much fun so I never bothered to ask what it’s all about. I excitedly prepared myself and while going through the orientation I slowly started to chicken out … 9 zip lines, 2 hanging bridges and rappelling. I was thinking what kind of experience I put myself into! But then life is about stepping out of your comfort zone. Life is too short to deprive one’s self of life’s thrills and adventures. (I am trying so hard to convince myself not to go back to the ship).

Before the tour.

Before the tour.

So I signed the waiver form and we boarded a boat to start our zip lining adventure.
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Once inside the cottage, we started gearing up. Lots and lots of straps, metals and clasps attached to my body … seems like I gained 15 pounds!!!

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Once we are all geared up, we had a short 4×4 ride to our first taste of zip line. I was so nervous while the guides were giving strict instructions and I found myself volunteering for the first person to zip… I had to otherwise if I hear someone scream, I know I won’t do it.
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Keeping a smile on my face but deep inside I am soooo nervous.

Keeping a smile on my face but deep inside I am soooo nervous.

Hanging on, literally, for my dear life.

Hanging on, literally, for my dear life.

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The first time was nerve-wracking, my hands were cold, my knees were weak and my heartbeat was so fast. My grip was so tight and could not let go. The guide was so reassuring and patiently told me to take my time, calm myself, relax and let go. It took me a long while before I found the courage to let go. I could hear the echo of my scream and the cheers of my colleagues! I survived!!! The remaining zip lines were a breeze and I enjoyed the wonderful scenery while zipping past the trees. We even saw a bald eagle!

In between ziplining, we passed by 2 hanging bridges and you’d think how we went down … we rappelled!!!

One of the hanging bridges.

One of the hanging bridges.

After the fun we’ve had, I will definitely do it again!

After the tour.

After the tour.

Sheryll S. Tiangco is the future cruise consultant aboard Veendam.

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