Today the journey to South Africa begins. We woke up at 04.15 in the morning. Hilde's mother and brother were already up to take us to Düsseldorf international airport. We checked in our gear and the friendly people of LTU didn't even blink at our bulk of (wind)surf gear. Then the problem started. Already going 230km/h for takeoff a flock of birds decided to cross over the runway.The pilot hit the breaks full and the takeoff was aborted. The birds damaged the engine number one and so ended our first attempt to reach Cape town. LTU promised us a new plane by 1300 hrs. So in the mean time we sit in the airport waiting and doing some online surfing.. Thank God for W-lans.