Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey!

There is truly nowhere else in the world like Cappadocia, Turkey. Since I arrived in this country, and perhaps even in my initial research about the country before my departure, this was the name that kept popping up. It was, evidently, the place that I had to visit, and my oh my, I was not disappointed.

Though the scenery itself was magical, perhaps the most magical aspect was being able to take in the sights with Bri's sister, Brooke, her friend, Renee, and an old friend of mine from university, Lara. There's something decidedly special about taking in sights like those below with others - sharing in the awe, so to speak.

Cappadocia was as close to being on another planet that I'll ever get in my life. I do plan on writing an in-depth description of the whole experience, but, this time around, I just put together a little video. In light of it being the New Year, I'm trying to experiment with different creative outlets, and video is something I'm interested in at the moment. Furthermore, Bri and I have just bought the new GoPro Hero 4 (Silver), so you can imagine that, moving forward, the videos we'll be taking will be of a higher quality, and likely of a more intriguing subject matter. And, as a matter of principle, I'm trying to "create" more in 2016, so I'm just doing whatever feels right and this post, tonight, feels right. However, I do look forward to some more professional style video in the future, and I expect to write quite a bit in 2016 to go alongside with the extra touch of video.

In brief, and for general context, Cappadocia is located in Central Turkey, and is simply otherworldly. It is, arguably, the most popular tourist destination in the country, and for good reason. It's famous for its "fairy chimneys," and old cave dwellings which were settled by some of the first Christians, who were refugees at the time. This place has been settled since at least the Bronze Age, and it feels that way in a sense.

Below, you'll find a video I put together with footage that both Bri and I took. As I said, I'm looking forward to putting some even more topnotch stuff together in the near future, but this, I think, still captures the magic of what a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia entails.

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