An unexpected effect of the coming Beijing Olympics? I was asked to appear on a TV show. Because this program was showcasing various countries and sports they had a special relationship to. And they figured I could talk about diving. In Chinese. On TV. That was one tough, fun and challenging episode in my Chinese-speaking life, eh? But the best part came later, when I was informed - why hadn't anybody mentioned this to me before? - of the date and time we were leaving for Shidu (十渡) for me to do a bungee jump! Because, well, the theme was diving, right? So bungee jumping!
I had never ever done this. I was excited. And, I mean, I didn't have to do anything (well, besides jump!), as I was being taken there, everything was being arranged for me... Cool, right?
I got up there with the team, cameras and all. I got my number written on my hand. Ready to film the second part of the show!
And then I proceeded to feel the terror of standing at the edge of a platform, with nothing but emptiness ahead and underneath and a lake far, far, far below. With the added pressure of someone coaching me to say something witty and related to the show, in Chinese, while someone else urged me to jump off already because other people were waiting in line. My super witty and insightful line? I can't quite remember (adrenaline!), I think I simply forgot whatever I had prepared and just managed to blurt "see you!" (再见!) while being practically pushed off.
Oh well, histrionically - I was a failure. But experience-wise? That was so exhilarating! I'd do it again, for sure! I just hope next time I don't have that many people around putting on pressure!