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I actually went to the Balloon Fiesta twice this year.  Once with Chrissie, after having had not much sleep on account of hurty, and once after dropping Luc off at the airport after having not much sleep on account of insomnia.

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Wednesday Luc was in town, so we went for a drink after work, then back to our place for dinner (duck stir fry) and chatting.  Mostly chatting about travel.

Woke up at about 3am Thursday morning.  And never got back to sleep.  Stoopid brain just would. not. shut. up.  Super frustrating.  Took Luc to the airport then went and saw the balloons again (sadly no sun again).  Although the sun was out for the drive home, which made for a super pretty drive under all the balloons (which of course I couldn't document - doh!).

So Thursday was zombie day.  Good thing Lachie was busy doing other stuff, I don't think I would have been able to concentrate on the other stuff we're doing.

Also finished drafting the trivia night questions so the weekend will be spent researching, prettyifying and copying and pasting.

Last night slept for around nine hours, so feel a lot better today.

Friday:  watched The Lego Movie with the sweetie (got a super awesome deal from JB HiFi cause they'd mucked up a specials deal, and it came out in my favour :) )

Saturday: quiet day, not much, watched tv, docos, sorting crap out, painting etc.  Watched Monsters Inc on tv, because that always seems more logical that popping in the Blu-Ray .... hrmm

Sunday: also pretty quiet.  Went for a walk with the sweetie to do an Ingress mission.  Went to Mishi's in the evening for a lot of chatting, and a game of Pandemic, which was a bit complicated but we somehow managed to win.  We'd need to play it a few more times to get the hang of the strategy.

Pandemic

Monday: got up at stoopid o'clock to see the balloons (sadly there was a bit of fog around so they took off and all but disappeared).  Watched My Girl on tv and docos while painting.  

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14.3.14

Up at stoopid o'clock on the last Friday of the balloons to see the Skywhale in flight and say hi to Neil.  Had breakfast before the crowds, although being a Friday morning the crowds (and number of balloons) was a lot smaller than a weekend.

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My only Canberra Day activity was to get up at stoopid o'clock and go out to see the balloons.  And after hearing about the queues for food and toilets I'm kinda glad I didn't battle the hoards to partake in any of the rest of the festivities of the day.

Foreground lit up by the Air Force testing their burner
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Darth Vader inflating
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The peacock's head
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Darth Vader!
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Went and visited Neil.  Was going to buy something, but queue was all the way back through the pavilion and out the door.  They were guestimating getting through 140 dozen eggs that morning!
Neil cooking eggs

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In the evening the sweetie and I shared a bottle of bubbly and toasted a Happy Birthday to Canberra.

@CLBradley and I were going to do that at 11:15 this morning, but somehow didn't get around to it.  So I raised a bottle of water instead.

So a few weeks ago Dave talked me into going on a balloon ride this balloon fiesta.  Well it didn't actually take much talking - I've been wanting to do this forever and even tried to organise something last year but it was all too hard and never ended up going.

Yesterday morning we were meant to be at Questacon at 5:45am, so I dutifully set my alarm.  Except I set it for 5:51am instead of 4:51am!  Thank heavens Dave called me at 5:19 otherwise I'd have missed out completely.  So instead of a leisurely getting ready time, I was ready in three minutes flat, and had to do my hair in the car, and no shower.  Blah.

We went with Balloon Aloft, and it was all very organised.  They took us out to Kingston so that we could see the rest of the balloons from a distance rather than being right in the middle of them.

There's sixteen to a balloon - four to each of four compartments.  When it was time to get in, we hopped in, but a group of four tried to get in with us.  They'd gotten three in before the operators said you can't do that, and of course we had to get out and move.  Which was fair enough, but it turned out a bit bad in terms of positioning on the ride.  We ended up at the "back" of the basket rather than the front, which meant we were facing the wrong direction for the rest of the balloons, the wrong direction for Civic, the wrong direction for Black Mountain and the wrong direction for Belconnen :(:(:(  And if it had been sunny we would have had the sun in our faces the entire trip - luckily it was cloudy then!  Was really really frustrated that I couldn't get photos of some of the things I wanted to :(  The final insult was them wanting to charge $15 for a photo of us on the balloon.  For the price we paid ($360 each) I think they could have thrown this in!  So wasn't too happy about that.  But anyways.  

Otherwise the ride was pretty awesome.  Took 672 photos!

So we landed and came back for breakfast cooked by Neil and then went home and attempted to get more sleep (I failed!)

Inflation
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
We were on the Questacon balloon!  Which was way cool, cause I have a picture of that balloon on my desktop that I took from our back window one morning..
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
We spun around at the beginning so had a view of the other balloons
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Apparently it was the maiden voyage of this balloon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Rowers
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Kingston
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The carillon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Parliament House
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Flagpole
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Old Parliament House
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Two balloons, two Parliament Houses
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
A magpie came to visit
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
High court
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Parliament Houses
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Questacon
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National Museum
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Over a carpark
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National Museum
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Lake Burley Griffin
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Civic
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Woden
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
The burners
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
As we were heading for Black Mountain the clouds closed in
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Gap in photos as we passed by Black Mountain Tower (on the wrong side of course)

Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Belconnen and Lake Ginninderra
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Balloon flying low over Aranda
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Deflation.  The pilot said he'd been in a balloon once where someone opened that vent at the top at 3000 feet - he said "it wasn't a good feeling"
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Rolling up the balloon
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All packed away!
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
This is where I took all the photos on the day - marked out by my photoMate GPS
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011

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4:38.  It was actually a little earlier than I needed to be up (alarm was set for 5am).  But that's when I woke up.  So got up and drove into the city, and it was still completely dark.

But the balloon people were arriving, as were the spectators.

About 6:25 they got into full swing.  By 7:30 they were floating in all directions above Canberra.

The only thing that could have made the morning better would have been some sunshine.  But I still went overboard with photos!  Next year I plan to go up in one :)

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