Posts for Tag: vacation

Trekking goodness

Trekking, what a great way to spend time with friends, enjoy the wilderness, and exercise, all at the same time. I just came back from the hardest one so far. It was 2 days of very real mountain climbing (we managed to move about 1.1km vertically, for a grand total of 30km on the entire trip). Suffice to say I was exhausted when it ended and that yesterday's dinner was the best meal of my life :)

I'm in the process of uploading the video of the trip and will share it as the conversion process finishes on vimeo.com.

Peace all ;)

Going on a road trip

For the past few years i've been playing around with the idea of going on a road trip but was never able to get anyone else on board. After people start working it becomes very hard to organize common vacations amongst friends, so it just never happened. Last month i decided that i *have* to go on a road trip, even if i have to go alone. At some point the idea started slowly to become an "into the wild" kind of thing and it became clear that going solo will be a much richer experience. Not that i don't like company, on the contrary, but i will have complete freedom to go wherever i feel like going :)

And so it is. This Saturday i'll get some stuff in my car and take off, with only a rough idea of where i want to go. My plan is to visit the most isolated places in my beautiful country (Portugal) - something that i have been wanting to do for ages - and take a gazillion pictures to show off this awesome corner of Europe to anyone that wants to visit it.

Later i'll post a list of things i'm taking with me (yep, there's some thought to that, i'm not going Rambo on this one :)), maybe it can help other fellow adventurers :)

Here's the rough plan, (very) subject to change:

Christmas vacations

Just came back from Portugal. I wish I could stay there at least one more week, but that's the way it is.

Yesterday I drove around 600 Km to go skydiving in one of the best locations in the world. Here's some hints of what you will see from above:

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And here's the location, in Portugal:

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Also, it was the first time I jumped from a Dornier. And a cool one, for that matter:

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I managed to do 3 jumps; 2 solo and the last one with my great friend Ricardo. We exited the aircraft perfectly holding the position against the relative wind and pull some dockings and front flips just for fun :D

The DZ will be in operations with a PAC 750 XL (owned by queda livre) and the Dornier at least until the end of the year so, if you are in vacations in Portugal, drop by ;)

Blue skies!

Vacation in Portugal - part 5

Back from the dropzone.

Vacation in Portugal - part 4

Waiting for my flight, at the drop zone.