An Ode To My Mom: Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia – a Photo Album

Most people will wait for the perfect moment when all the stars align before they set foot out the door. Do I have enough time? Am I really ready for a big adventure? Do I feel like enduring a long-haul flight? Is this really a season in my life I should be doing something else?

Not my mom. She makes time. She asks if the adventure is ready for her. She grits her teeth and makes the long journey (even when it takes multiple tries to get a seat on the plane). She kicks ‘seasons’ to the curb. My mom makes the moment happen.

We mentioned to my mom that we will be revisiting Cappadocia during a Schengen visa-run to Turkey. We would be there for a weekend, and said ‘you could come if you want?’ She said she’ll think about it and came back to us soon after. ‘I’m in,’ she said. But she had Thursday evening until Monday night.

She packed her carry-on and traveled all the way from South Africa to Turkey for the long weekend so she could chase her bucket list adventure of hot air ballooning in Cappadocia and she shared the moment with me. She had one single day without boarding a flight, and she was back at work on Tuesday morning. Before she bought her tickets we asked her if she’s sure she wants to come for such a short time, to which she replied, “if you keep waiting for the perfect time, you’ll end up waiting forever and never doing it.”

It was a whirlwind trip, but it’s moment like these that take your breath away. When the sunrise has made everything quiet and you’re floating 3000 feet in the air with someone you love.

Here’s to the dreamers that make their dreams happen, and to another adventure with my mom.

For more inspiration and a little bit of what the experience is like, check out our photo post from the previous trip. 


  1. Stella
    May 17, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    Yo, Sus! Your photos are incredible! Well done! Can’t believe I have been there and back. Thanks for the beautiful words.

    I need more of that right now, really hard time; but hopefully not for long.

  2. June 12, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    OH EM GEEE. Literally my dream trip ( well one of them ). These pictures are insane!! I am super jealous that y’all get to travel together AND got to go here!!

    • Annchen Bronkowski
      June 25, 2018 / 3:24 pm

      Hey, thanks for checking in! Go out there and check it off your list! It’s a special place.

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