We were given the opportunity of a Balloon Ride over Luxor! This was not about cultivating deep spiritual understanding and being, as we had been focusing on during a lot of the trip. But this was basically pure childlike fun and the kind of experience that inspired a big smile on our faces nonstop. And that is also really good for the soul.
The only catch is that the bus leaves at 4:20 AM. The goal was to be in the balloon as the sun rose. About half the group, 50 people, were up for this adventure. We left in the dark on the bus to the river, and took a boat to the other side. We then went to the balloon staging area. About 20 balloons were preparing to go up at the same time.
We witnessed what seemed like hundreds of Egyptian men swarming around the balloons on the ground as they started being inflated and standing upright, one by one. About half of our group, 25 people, were guided to one basket and we climbed in. And then we took off.
The scenery was amazing. We saw the beautiful Egyptian farmland around the city of Luxor and its Temples. We saw the grandeur of the Queen Hatshepsut Temple Complex (c. 1507–1458 BC). Hatshepsut was one of the most prominent Queens of Egypt who brought pure abundance and success to the land. And we saw the sun rise in its beautiful glory.
After a 40 minute ride in the balloon, down we went, while the hundreds of Egyptian men were there to make sure all landed safely.
P.S. I will also be posting these Egypt reports and photos of our mystical journey on my profile on Facebook and Instagram.