Up, Up, and Away

Last week we had the pleasure of going to Cappadocia for 4 days. During our wonderful stay there, 18 of us decided to go on a hot air balloon ride across the Cappadocian landscape. The bad news was we had to wake up at 4am in the morning where we got picked up at our hotel (which was an amazing cave hotel carved into the rock) and taken for “breakfast”. Our breakfast included tea, cookies, and some weird sausage on a hot dog bun; not what I would call a fine dining experience. Then, we were taken to an empty field in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of other groups, and all we saw was the faint outline of giant balloons and baskets. I wasn’t excepting the balloons or the baskets to be so enormous.

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We luckily all climbed into one basket and waited in anticipation for our journey into the sky. Some of my classmates were more nervous than others including myself; I am pretty sure I was shaking from excitement, nervousness, and the cold. When we finally lifted off the ground, it was like nothing I have ever experienced before. There were almost 100 other balloons either in the sky or preparing to lift off. On top of that, the sun was just rising over this magnificent plateau and numerous valleys and swales that turned the sky into this glorious melting pot of color.

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It was one of those moments that I will never forget. It was even more fun spending it with all of my friends on the trip and sharing the experience of all being up there together. We all took too many pictures and made sure to get some great pictures us together and well as some to make our friends and family jealous back in the States.

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We spent about an hour up in the sky with the other balloons just looking over the amazing landscape and making eye contact with other balloons surrounding us. At the end of the ride, we landed in this empty field perfectly on the back of a truck with champagne (non-alcoholics) and cake waiting for us. We all got certificates to make our experience even more official.

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Nonetheless, the morning was one that I will never forget and I am glad that I got to go with all my studiomates to make it even that much better.

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