Going down that Volkano hill was one of the biggest missions of my life. Imagine, sliding down the back of an active volkano with at least 150km/h, estimated. You got no other choice. "S*" is going down in the back, explosions everywhere and your only chance of saving your life is to strap this wooden board to your feet and race down the black ash. Of course, it is not only the boiling hot lava, but screaming Nicaraguan guerillas are after you as well. On massive sledges with machetes and machine guns. Half way through you gotta stop because there is this in black dust covered, half-naked, blonde girl, that broke her foot, and obviously, you have to save her life as well...........
That, oooooooor something like that, was what my experience was like. In Austria there is a good saying that we use when people start fantacising. It goes something like: "Und dann bist aufgwacht und's Bett war nass" I guess this would be a good moment but hey, you gotta get yourself excited, right !? Anyhow, the actual experience was still cool..
The volkano, "Cerro Negro", was last active in 1998. Walking up the hill with a 10 kilo wooden plate on my back, 40 degrees, no shade, wind blowing so hard that you can't figure out whether you are moving or not; Huh, I just love hiking. Ok, ok, I am just a lazy complainer. The walk was rewarding and the views from the top really stunning. Everybody was wearing those funny green and yellow suits and with the goggles you totally looked like you jumped out some computer game. Most people were going down on the sledge, just Tahniya and me choose the "snowboard" option.
Honestly, I would not have had the guts to go with the board because they said it's really hard. I was more in for the fun, speeding down straight, sledge thing but then Thaniya was so determined about the boarding that I said to myself:" Hey! Come on now Constantin. You are from freaking Austria. It's an embarressment to you country if you let the girls from Brooklyn board down by herself" So it happened and it turned out to be a really cool and especially challenging experience. You really gotta lean all your weight to the back and it's much more effort to turn the board and gain speed. The ash is pretty unforgiving as well. My next goal is Rio 2016. Havin recognized some Nicaraguan blood in my grand-grand-grand-grand mothers heritage, I have changed snow for ash and am now professionally preparing for the summer Olympics in Volkano downhill. Not officially recognized in Austria, this trending sport it fiercly competitive in Nicaragua and will put me through weekly qualifications. You can now support my cause and as always, change the world on facebook. If you like the pictures please also like my page
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ps. keep on riding, keep on smiling
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