Sunday, 5 October 2014

Letters From America: The Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Glow

Hello Everyone, 

Yesterday I went to the Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta for an event called the Balloon Glow. It is a hot air balloon festival like no other. It is one of the biggest in the world with hundreds of balloons taking to the sky over the  first week in October, One of Albuquerque's largest tourist attractions, it draws tourists and balloonists from all over the world for events such as the Mass Ascension and a Flight of the Nations. It is simply one of the most stunning sights you will ever see. I went to the first evening Balloon Glow of the week on Sunday night. The Balloon Glow is a static display of balloons lit up on the ground while the guests can walk around and take pictures, followed by a firework display. 

Although the event was slightly hampered by the wind, as many of the balloons did not manage to make it up, it was still a really good night. I tried funnel cake for the first time, which for those of you who don't know what it is, it is fried pancake like batter with a liberal shaking of icing sugar on top of it. It vaguely reminded me of a Spanish churro, which I love. I wasn't quite able to finish my funnel cake as it was a huge portion, so next time I think I will share with someone. 

The Balloon Fiesta is a unmissable part of Albuquerque culture, even though it can be unpredictable as it is completely reliant on good weather. However, even that doesn't impact the atmosphere of the entire event, or the sheer volume of people that can fit in one huge field. The anticipation and excitement that can be felt around the balloons is second to none, as well as the slight terror that one of the massive balloons will fall on you. It is a completely unique event, summing up Albuquerque perfectly. Ready to take off at any moment, but always burning from within. Looks pretty nice with a sunset too.