Cappadocia: Part 1 (Photos from the Sky)

One of the interesting things I learned during my stay in Cappadocia was that it means Land of the Beautiful Horses. We didn’t go horseback riding but we did manage to take a ride into the sky with Royal Balloons. We had a fantastic ride with Seniz, who is the most senior female balloon pilot in Turkey (this was an interesting change from Jordan, where all of the people we met were men). She was super friendly and taught us lots of things about flying hot air balloons (the fact I liked the most is that the wind changes at different altitudes so the way hot air balloons move laterally is by changing their altitude). Here are some photos from our awesome day:

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this is what 5am looks like.

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Inflating the balloons before takeoff
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Loading up the balloon
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Almost ready for takeoff!
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And we have liftoff!
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Cappadocia from above!
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Can you tell if this is a sunrise or a sunset?
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So many balloons in the air!
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Cappadocia is known for its grapes and pumpkins
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There are two flights per day.
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We got a little close to another balloon upon landing…
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But it was ok! The balloon is deflated by releasing the cap.
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The Royal Balloon staff worked hard to wrangle the balloon
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And pack that big giant balloon into that very small bag

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