I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to see so many beautiful places in the world. The intricate designs of our planet never fail to amaze me, glory to our creator, who created not just a masterpiece but a miracle. The biggest miracle I’m currently shouting about is Cappadocia, Turkey.
You might think I’m being overly dramatic when I say that Cappadocia changed my life. But Cappadocia really did change my life. It had been on my ‘to go list’ for a while, I was determined to see those hot air balloons in real life and not just via Google images. Once booked, I didn’t think about it again, firstly due to time constraints, but secondly and most importantly I didn’t want to be disappointed. I remember feeling deflated after seeing the Eiffel Tower, it was partly my own fault. I’d created something so spectacular in my mind, and unfortunately it didn’t live up to my unrealistic expectations. But I have learnt my lesson, I don’t overthink places now, I wait until I see them with my own eyes.
The balloons will only grace you with their presence at sunrise, I like that about them, it makes the experience even more unforgettable, with an element of exclusivity. I was awoken at 4:30am and off we went towards the highest viewing point. I had only taken a few steps outside when I saw the first one, I became giddy with excitement – I wanted more…and I did get more, hundreds more!
I was speechless, I was in awe, I become a parrot ‘omg – wow, omg – wow, omg – wow’. I wanted to capture every detail not just on my camera but in my mind. I never wanted to forget the surreal scene that was before my eyes, an uncountable number of balloons floating in the sky, over the city, with the sunrise as their backdrop. I’d never seen anything like it in my life and I probably never will.
There was something so powerful about them, something so majestic about their confident ownership of the sky and the way they demand your attention. And there was something so calming about them, so soothing and therapeutic, their silent presence was comforting. Most importantly seeing the hot air balloons flying over Cappadocia for me was reassuring. It renewed and strengthened my conviction, that dreams are attainable, and even the impossible is possible. You just have to be patient, trust in God (a higher power or the universe) and never lose faith.
This is the lasting impression Cappadocia had on me, it’s made me a believer again, in a whole new world of possibility.