The higher you get, the better you can see the beauty of the earth below. And if the beauty of your life is with you when you fly high over a beautiful city like Buenos Aires – nothing like it isn’t it? I gifted a 30 minutes helicopter ride to the most beautiful woman in the world on her birthday and flying over the Argentine capital on that special day was a beautiful experience to remember for the rest of our lives.
In the quest for something new and surprising, I had been scouring the internet for a while to find out how best to celebrate Tanusree’s birthday while we will be in Buenos Aires. I settled down with the company BA Helicopters and started communicating with Phil who turned out to be the most friendly and professional person I needed to assure me of the plans I had. All the details were carefully crafted and put into Phil’s list of things to do to make the experience worthwhile. On the day of the flight itself Phil appeared at our hotel just on time, the trip from and to the airport was included in the package. The journey to the San Fernando Airport on the outskirts of Buenos Aires was a pleasant one. Phil was half French, half Argentine and spoke an impeccable English. He made us feel as if we had known each other for so long. We knew that we were heading towards something amazing. The sky was blue and the sun was shining bright – perfect condition for a chopper ride.
Upon arrival we were welcome with two surprise packages. First was fact that our pilot was a French lady, which itself was so nice to know. French as a language is so dear to both of us- both Tanusree and I learnt French at Alliance Francaise du Delhi for 3 long years and hold a Diploma certificate. I speak, read and write in French with as much proficiency as I do in English or Bengali (the later being my mother tongue). And the second surprise was the helicopter which was dedicated for our ride was such a shiny bright yellow piece of machine with wings that we just fell instantly in love with her. We made sure we did some essential photoshoot for the blog before embarking on the cosy four-seater. Our pilot gave us all the instructions clearly and made sure we have all the right equipments around us. We took our seats and obviously I had the royal privilege to take the back seat while the two ladies took the front seats – one having the control of the chopper, the other having the control of my love and life. The chopper gently started to sway left and right while it prepared itself to say au-revoir to the ground below. Much to our bemusement it got itself high enough an altitude to turn around and ready to cut the winds below.
The best part about flying in a helicopter was that it was not so high like an aeroplane that you would lose touch with the ground below. You can still see the houses, roads, cars, buildings and people busy in their usual affairs but from a height just perfect to explore and enjoy. Our pilot decided to take the route along the river Plate kissing the shores of Buenos Aires. We could get to see the city from a different perspective, up to the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca, the beautiful bridge (Puente de la Mujer) at Puerto Madero and the ever high and pointing Obelisk. All in one scan of an eye – you could see it all – the beauty of Buenos Aires. You could also see the lavish bungalows of the movers and shakers of Buenos Aires with their spacious houses with aqua blue pools in the backyard – an exclusive sight which would be usually devoid of public view from ground naturally. The ride made one thing clear that being on air is an addiction which can get you easily, once you love to be in air, may be you will always love to be in air. You realise the luxury of flight birds get to enjoy.
Our chopper landed back after 30 minutes of complete joy over Buenos Aires. We were greeted upon landing by Phil proudly holding two glasses and a bottle of champagne to cheers for the birthday girl who just made the descent back on earth. Again, this was part of the script and Phil carried out his role very efficiently. We toasted to celebrate another year of being wise and adding to the unique experience in our repertoire of high flying memories of life.