Getting up with the moon (pictured above) and climbing the sky to greet the Dubai sun was completely worth it. The cold thick desert sand was less than welcoming, but upon our ascension the winds surprisingly subsided, and the heat from the hot air balloon’s fire defrosted icy toes and fingers.
The basket held 20 people and boisterous whirling fans blew the balloon up off the ground. The ejection of heat from the fire (which was frighteningly loud) only occurred once the balloon was filled with air.
I was not at all afraid of the height, just overwhelmed with the amazing view. Reis said he was happy to stay further back in the basket (and he had a mini heat-attack each time I peered over the edge with my camera, haha).
I think this photo below captures the excitement in our basket perfectly.
After spending a week with bloggers, Reis had been groomed to take selfies in exciting places and even began his instagram account **beams with joy and pride**
Tip for young players: The fire is freakin’ hot. Try to grab a spot near the edge of the basket or you will feel like you’re having an appointment with an unexperienced hairdresser and a GHD.
This was one of my favourite parts of the trip. As we flew over a camel farm I yelled ‘AS-SALAM ALAYKOM!!!’ (which is the arabic greeting equivalent to hello, which literally means ‘peace be upon you’). Reis thought he was pretty funny commenting ‘Amy, I don’t think the camel’s are going to yell back.’ He was rather sheepish as straight after we heard “WA ALYKOM AS-SLAM!!” (the response which means ‘peace be upon you also’) returned from the farmers below. I grinned largely at these good sports (and my lack of need to correct my husband – hehe).
We had a bit of an unexpected crash landing. Apparently we are suppose to slow to 10-15km per hour but we were travelling at 35-40km per hour…The first bump came and I thought ‘oh we will tip over softly now’. How wrong I was. It was like a roller coaster cross dodgem car ride as the balloon jumped for 100m across the sand and the basket filling with sand. To give you a bit of an idea, here’s some photos from my iPhone:
Rachel, Reis, Dave and I were on the bottom. Rachel was pulled out by Reis and the rest of us crawled out.
We made the people in the top of the basket who weren’t wedged in with sand (like us) stay there for an awkward photo…#allfortheblog
Despite the somewhat ‘crash landing’ I LOVED IT and would hope for the same fun landing next time! Want to see more photos from my trip to dubai? Here’s some from the pool, the hotel and the dessert safari.
From right to left: Khalil from Food Porn; Sonja from Life, Love and Hiccups; Sharon from Sharon the Makeup Artist; Felicity and David from Nuffnang AU; ME!; Sam from School Mum; Captain Mike; Laura and Erin from Nuffnang AU; Cintinia from My Poppet; Rachel from Sesame Ellis; Valissa from Nuffnang AU; Marianne from Esme and the Laneway; Janice from Learning 4 Kids; Dani from The Home Journal; Kelly from Be a Fun Mum; Emily from Melbourne Girl; Imogen from Inside Out Style; Lisa from Couturing.