From 28th – 31st March the 5th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta took place in Malaysia’s administrative capital Putrajaya. This year 18 balloonists from all over the world participated in the “Fiesta” which is a spectacle that should not be missed by anybody who visits Malaysia during that time.
Our original plan to go see the “Night Glow” (a light and music show that culminates in a fireworks) was drowned by a heavy downpour in Kuala Lumpur. So we left KL early next morning to witness the regular Hot Air Balloon Show. By 7am there was already a lot of activity around the launching field. Crews were busy to prepare the balloons for take off and families cued up to go for trial rides in tethered hot air balloons. Around 7.30am the first balloons took to the sky – a magnificent moment that brought back childhood memories. As in previous years, the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta was accompanied by a number of side events for children and adults. Participants of the KL Jazz Festival provided musical entertainment. All in all a great event. We will certainly be back next year. Meanwhile, we will look out for an opportunity to go for a long ride in a hot air balloon ourselves. It’s one of these dreams that we have had for a long time. No more delays. Gotta work on it 🙂