I’m not sure what I expected when we left for Turkey. It hadn’t been on my radar as a destination, for no reason other than I didn’t know much about the place. Honestly I didn’t even do much research leading up to the trip, partly because life has been busy lately and partly because it’s great to give yourself the opportunity to be surprised by a place, by the culture, by the landscape. It was nearly still dark when the hot air balloon lifted off the ground, and soon we were silently drifting along, watching the sun rise and illuminate the beauty below and all around. I took a lot of film photos, and will be sharing more stories soon.