Para-pirates

Happy Holi everyone and hopefully the effects of the festival have finally worn off (you know what I’m talking about). In the week leading up to Holi, Native Place had a few of our favourite pilots around (or should we be calling them pirates?).

Para-pirate Mayura

Para-pirate Mayura

When we weren’t monkeying around there was some super flying to be had. Although the wind didn’t seem to want to cooperate, we managed a few good days at Shelar as well as Tower Hill. On the other days we logged plenty of parawaiting hours, getting us pretty close to the expert mark.
Doing what we do best- parawait

Doing what we do best- parawait

Marco Doveri also stopped by for the weekend. He’s been one of the most regular pilots and has been flying with Nirvana Adventures for the last 9 years. Even when he’s not flying, he’s happy to sit back and relax with a good bottle of wine and other pilots for company. He calls it a “happy accident” that he discovered Nirvana while in Mumbai for work in 2005 and since then there’s been no looking back. So everytime he’s in India, this is where he spends his weekends. (I think some of you Mumbai and Pune pilots need to follow suit!)
Marco waiting for his evening beer

Marco waiting for his evening beer

The only flipside to this week was this it was Jannis and Angeliki’s last week at Native Place. As they head back to Greece via Goa, we wish them Bon Voyage and hope that the recycled boat reaches its destination. Made out of old gliders and used plastic bottles, this boat is definitely sturdy enough for Vadivali Lake.
Ahoy there, cap'n

Ahoy there, cap’n

Just in case any of you were wondering, the bird nest is still doing fine. In fact the sunbirds have worked hard, and we think it’s ready. Here’s hoping to see some baby sunbirds soon.
This is what spring should always look like

This is what spring should always look like