After feeling the worst I’ve felt in recent memory, the food poisoning finally started to wear off. I felt like I could walk and actually eat something though I had no appetite. We cancelled our Cappadocia balloon ride the previous day and really didn’t want to do it again. I put on a brave face and marched out at 4am to catch our bus.
There are several companies that offer the aerial view of Cappadocia. It is probably the biggest and most promoted activity to do in the area. It’s not cheap. A balloon ride in Cappadocia costs 120 euros. We decided on the one partnered with our hotel just for simplicity sake.
Some morning snacks are provided for all the passengers while you wait for things to get organized. At this point I’m feeling better but nervous. Things can take a turn for the worst at any time. The balloons are already out in the fields being setup as you load in to another bus but you do get there in time for the best which is when they light the torches and get that balloon standing up.
At first they looked pretty large, that is, until you are crammed in the baskets. I do recommend waiting a little to let people in so you can score a spot on the edge. However, your arms will be tucked with just enough room to get your camera. That’s all you need though because you probably won’t stop taking pictures until you land.
While captivated by the landscape I’m struck, wide eyed, by a thought that I can’t believe didn’t occur to me until now. What happens if I’m up here in a balloon, and I get “sick”. A quite panic flushes through my body. Then I hope I don’t worry myself in to being sick. Luckily I keep myself busy snapping pictures and start to notice our decent and while I really like heights, this time we can’t land soon enough.
A souvenir photo can be purchased on the spot for approx $20. Not really worth it compared to all the “selfies” you get up in the air. The price tag is hefty however you have to ask how often you’ll come back to do this. The area is stunning and unique. So I recommend dropping the dough. Remember frugal travel just mean’s you spend money on things of value. You won’t regret this one.