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Flying high in Cappadocia – Hot air balloon adventure in Turkey

Article as appeared in the Borneo Bulletin.

HumanS used to look at the sky and fantasise about gliding above the earth like the birds.
Some tried wearing artificial wings on their arms; others envisioned being pulled by birds in flight.
It wasn’t until 1783, when two French brothers, Joseph michel and Jacques Etienne montgolfier, launched a manned hot air balloon in Paris, that mankind actually triumphed.
Flying high above the earth in a hot air balloon was my dream ever since I saw the graceful creations in the air during a trip to melbourne.

The chance to ride on one finally came when I was in Cappadocia recently.
Located in the dry plains of anatolia in central Turkey, Cappadocia is one of the most unreal places in the world. It’s what I imagined the terrain of another planet might resemble. Home to the most incredible rock formations, it is also the top place in the world to take a hot air balloon ride.
Our day began in the chilly early morning, just before sunrise.
Sleepy but excited, I assembled, along with other flyers at our hotel and waited for confirmation that the weather was safe enough to fly…

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