Day 513 In Beijing: Videos Of The Hot Air Balloons At Goreme, Turkey.



Truly magical.

Truly magical.


Jill and I love taking videos of Goreme.

It is such a peaceful and comfortable little town.

We really enjoyed meeting so many friendly people, in such a short time, and are very thankful we came here.

We realized that even though pictures definitely capture a good idea of what Goreme is like, a video, or two, is also helpful to feel the whole expanse of the land.

When we first arrived and were being driven from the airport to our hotel, I remarked to Jill that, “This really reminds me of New Mexico.”

I lived in New Mexico for about 3 years back in the mid-90s.  I went to UNM (GO LOBOS!) and lived in Albuquerque during that time.

However, I really enjoyed Santa Fe, Taos and this tiny little town called Galisteo, which is about 20 minutes outside of Santa Fe.

There was a place, The Galisteo Inn, where I used to deliver beer and wine, when I worked for the New Mexico Wine Patrol, and it was a little peace of heaven.

Interesting enough, my mom and my step-dad ended up buying a place in Galisteo, and now share a fence with the Galisteo Inn (it is no longer an inn, unfortunately).

Coincidences like this almost make me smile.

Obviously, New Mexico doesn’t have fairy chimneys but the barrenness of the land, the magical quality of the sunlight, and the amazing sunsets, really make this feel like home.

If you’ve never been to Goreme, or even New Mexico, make sure to go.

You will be happy you did.





This will let you see how quickly it filled up with people as this was taken only about 15 minutes after the previous video.


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