Started the day bright and early with a hot air balloon ride above the never ending sands of the Sahara and the bright greeness of the water rich Nile River valley. Temps were already in the upper 20’s at 530am. It was going to be yet another hot day. Arriving to the “balloon field” we spotted about 25 balloons in various stages of setup and groups of people milling about. With 32 people in our basket we were supported by the largest commercial balloon on the planet.
We quickly rose to an elevation of about 3000 feet and from this height we could easily look into the Valley of the Kings, quickly spotted both the Luxor and Karnak temples as well as all the entrances to the ancient tombs which dot the hillsides.
We landed in the middle of a corn field and soon were surrounded by excited children who we spotted running towards the shadow while we were still up in the air. They ran up to us once we jumped out of the basket and kept asking for food over and over again in multiple languages. Someone pulled out a sandwich and they started fighting each other. This reminded me of the time in East Africa when we pulled out crackers and the children started fighting each other and then mobbed us with the end result being the crackers became crumbs trampled into the ground and no one got anything to eat.
Here’s a quick video we put together (no that train ride in the video is not Moscow to Beijing but rather overnight from Cairo to Luxor 🙂