With one more day left to enjoy some fun in Dubai, Collin decided to try the ultimate extreme sport: skydiving! Skydive Dubai is a huge tourist attraction and activity in Dubai, located in the busy Dubai Marina and taking hundreds of skydivers everyday. Collin begged Kevin to join him but they learned at the last minute that Kevin exceeded the weight limit by a few pounds. He was actually bummed that he couldn't skydive with Collin, but he joined the kids and I as spectators to cheer Collin on in his flight.
As Collin and his flight buddy concluded their flight preparations, I was feeling SO nervous for Collin. He was a bit quiet and likely freaking out on the inside, but he was mostly calm on the outside. There was a photographer accompanying him for the experience, so they snapped a few photos and then Collin was off to the plane.
Collin later told us he was freaking out on the plane prior to his jump. This was evident when we saw the photos from the plane ride. I can not imagine!!
Collin told us he didn't remember much from his actual jump out of the airplane, but the photos gave us the entire story. I was FASCINATED by the pictures and Collin's experience in general. He later told us that he wasn't able to fully enjoy the actual skydive because of being so terrified, and that he might've blacked out for a few moments, ha!
We laughed and laughed at his face in those photos!!! Thank goodness for the photographer who captured so many amazing shots that Collin will no doubt enjoy forever. My favorite pictures are the ones showing the famous Palm Islands as well as the World Islands in the background. There was even one photo where you could zoom in and see Jeff's office as well as our villa where we were living. SO cool!
The kids and I were on the ground below watching skydiver after skydiver make their landing. We kept wondering which one was Collin, and then we finally spotted him.
I'm not sure if I've ever seen Collin smile SO BIG?! He was SO relieved to be back on solid ground, ha! He came back with some funny stories about how scared he was, and he told us that the photographer was going to have to do some big-time editing of his skydive video. Apparently it is quite the American thing (and definitely a Collin thing, ha!) to "flip the bird" which the company isn't allowed to release on video due to being in the UAE.
We were all so excited for Collin's incredible experience and to hear his firsthand account. We laughed and laughed at the photos and video, and Collin gave me permission to share on the blog. What an amazing way to close out his time in Dubai!
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