24 May '11, 9pm
The lift-off and ascent of the hot-air balloon was surprisingly gentle. Once we were up in the air, other than the clicking of cameras and chatter by excited tourists and the occasional bursts of fire up the balloon to propel it higher, it was interestingly very quiet as most of us gaze with wonder at the beautiful sights of Cappadocia’s landscape – valleys of fairy chimney rock formations and caves. The view was made even more interesting with over 20+ hot-air balloons dotting the Cappadocia skyline. The hot-air balloon basket was divided into 4 compartments each with 5-6 passengers – as long as each of the passenger kept within their compartment and not do anything silly e.g. jumping or running about, the flight was generally quite safe and pleasant.