Day 30 (1): Up in the air
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May 5th, 2010 – by: Biedjee
So I decided to give myself a little present and go on a balloon flight. I got picked up from the hostel early in the morning and we drove to a flat bit of land just outside Göreme. It was quite an impressive sight, some 40 balloons being inflated and going up in the air at the same time.
There are several price options for a balloon flight, and I had taken the middle option. I couldn't see myself doing a flight with 35 people in a basket, So I had gone for the middle option which held 20 people in a basket (although we were only with 16 people).
And oh, what picture opportunities there were. While it may seem that 40 balloons in the air is a bit of overkill, it actually provided for wonderful shots from the air. Well, see for yourself.
The ballooning experience itself, well, I have to say that it wasn't as exhilarating as I had thought it would be. Once you are over the initial moment of vertigo (and the realisation that you are floating 100+ metres up in the air in a reed basket carried by nylon and hot air) it doesn't really get the adrenaline flowing. Don't get me wrong, I loved the experience, but it was a bit more tame than I had expected.
After landing we were treated to a glass of local champagne (I guess that is tradition here) and our balloon set off again with a second group.
I had a few hours left to entertain myself before my bus to Kayseri left. I dropped my luggage off at the bus station and just hung around town for a while. I had loved Göreme. I could have stayed here for a week without getting bored. There is so much to see and do in the area, but just staying in town not doing anything would have sufficed. Göreme is one of those places where just being there makes you happy.
But I was on a strict time schedule, so I couldn't stay longer. I had only 19 days left to get to Iran, and there was a whole lot of Turkey still to be explored, not to mention three more countries I wanted to visit before heading into Iran.
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