Ballooning in Beesd

Dear reader,

My birthday is on August 14th but I’ve already gotten my first present. My mom gave me a ticket to go on a balloon flight. So that’s what I did.

On Friday May 14th I went to Beesd with my mom, at this point only Maxx knew about my flight and I only told her about two minutes before we left. So when I posted a picture of the field and the sign, people only found out about it right that moment.

It turned out, the balloon I was in, is the almost largest of Europe, there’s only one balloon that’s bigger than this one. This may be why we were the highest up in the air of all the balloons that went up. We were with four balloons. Two small ones, one with 22 people and us, with 32 people on board.

Our balloon was spread out on the field, vans blowing air into it and our basket was on its side. And as it got blown up, it was really surreal how big these balloons actually were and I wondered how we were going to fit in the basket with 32 people. It all seemed so small from the outside. It really wasn’t though. There were nine compartments. Four on the right, four on the left and one big one in the middle for our pilot. I was in one of the compartments on the right with two other people as some compartment were made for three people and some for four people.

The balloon was full of air and our basket was swinging from one side to the other as the hot air was making its way through the balloon. It wasn’t scary, it was just weird. I thought something might have been wrong, but there were people telling us that it sometimes happened and that it was because the balloon was so big.

And then we went up. I saw the people on the ground get smaller and it was amazing. At that moment you feel as light as a feather. Your flowing through the air and everything looks so beautiful. Not to be soppy, but as the emotional wreckage that I am, I got all teary eyed.

For almost 90 minutes I saw everything, it felt like I could see my entire country beneath my while the sun was setting in the distance. I saw sheep and mills and cars and trains and small villages. At one moment we all went completely silent, the pilot stopped pulling the gas, we were at 1300 meter height. You could still hear the cars, I heard a dog bark, there was a girl screaming all the way down. For a while it was just us, up there in a basket strapped to a balloon, watching the sun set with its beautiful colours. For my likings we started landing way to soon. It was already 9.30 pm, but still.

Someone told me that landing would be awful, but to be honest, it wasn’t that bad. For about a minute I thought we we’re going to hit the ground any second, but we were probably still a few meters above the ground. There were some small ditches in the meadow we were landing in and our first hit was only two meters away from the water. We bumped on the ground about three or four times and then we stayed still. Almost perfectly still. But we were balancing between laying down and standing up. Finally our balloon made a choice and pulled the basket down on the ground, so we all had to crawl out.

Everyone took their picture with the basket and then it was time to ‘clean up’. We had to work together to get all the air out of the balloon and to fold it. There was a cart to put it in and after about an hour of getting rid of the balloon it was time for champagne. Everyone was handed a glass, bubbles were given and our pilot told us the story about the first balloon ride ever. We toasted on our safe landing and amazing trip. We got a certificate and then we headed back to the spot we took off from. My mom and I got home at one am and I slept like a baby.

Sorting through the photo’s was a real pain in the bum, but it was all worth it. You can find them on my Facebookpage.

If you ever get the chance to go ballooning. Do it! I mean it, do it. It’s so beautiful up there and so quite. And it’s probably a once in a lifetime chance. So do it!

Much love,

Sam

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Let me write your story

Dear reader,

As you may know I love books and I love to read. But what I love even more is writing stories. One of my dreams is to have my own book published one day.
But here’s the problem.. I haven’t written a single story for over two years. And I am really out of ideas.

So this is where you come in handy. I would like you to send me some plot lines and prompts. I promise I will look at all of them and I’ll try to come up with the bigger story.

So, if you have something you’d love me to write about or you have this idea, but you don’t know what to do with it? Then leave me a comment or send me an e-mail through prompts@outlook.com.

I would really like it if you’d send me some plot lines. And there are no boundaries, it could be about ANYTHING!

Much love,

Sam

Facts about me – List number three

This is not really a list about a special topic like fears and artists. This list contains just random facts about me that most likely will come back in other lists as well.

Fact 1 – Strawberries are good for my mood. I don’t know if it works with any type of fruit, but when I feel down or cranky, just give me some strawberries. It’s like the sun in side of me starts shining again. So give me strawberries and you get a happy Sam in return.

Fact 2 – One thing I fear the most are spiders. When I see one I get goose bumps all over my body, I start to sweat and my eyes get teary. Horrible.

Fact 3 – When I die, I want to be buried. I don’t want to be cremated or anything, just buried. I want a nice stone, preferably heart shaped.

Fact 4 – I am a massive Potterhead. I love Harry Potter. The movies, the books, everything. I would love to go to the studios and the theme park. Who is willing to accompany me?

Fact 5 – I love writing. I always bring some pen and paper with me, where ever I go. Luckily we’ve got phones nowadays, so if I forget my pen and paper, it’s not really a problem anymore. But I do this ever since I was a kid. Even in my early days I used to come up with little stories about nothing and everything.

Fact 6 – I love music. I listen to it all the time and I love buying CDs. I don’t download online, I sometimes even rip it off of YouTube. But if I really like an artist, I buy the album. There’s a song or artist for every mood.

Fact 7 – Reading helps me escape from the real world. I love the way you can visit a whole other world, just by turning the page. A world that’s yours and where you won’t be disturbed.

Fact 8 – Visiting concerts is the best way for me to get rid of any bad emotions. Just sing along to the songs, dance and have a good time. It keeps me going for a while.

Fact 9 – I stand up for myself and my friends. If I don’t like what someone says about me or my friends, I’ll say something about it. I’m not just a puppet on a string you can just play with.

Fact 10 – I can’t stand it when people are late or when they don’t keep a promise.

Fact 11 – I don’t call people friends just like that. It’s takes a while. In the meantime, you’ll just be someone I know.

Fact 12 – I am very easily distracted.

Fact 13 – I love my bed. We have a very good relationship.

Fact 14 – I have two brothers and a dog. My father is my neighbour.

Fact 15 – I cry very easily. When someone’s crying on TV, or when I’m reading a story. Even if it’s a good audition on some kind of talent show.

Fact 16 – One day I want to publish a book.

So, how does it feel to get to know me a little bit better?

Much love,

Sam

Me and my lists

There are things I like and things I hate. One of those likes is lists. I love making lists and I have to say, I tend on making them quite often. Lists of things I need to buy, things I need to do, things I need to remember and even ideas for a new blog post on WordPress.

So I figured I should put some of them online, here on my page. It’s a way for you to get to know me and a way for me to get to know myself a bit more as well. Cause when you start thinking about who you really are, you find out so much more about yourself. It’s like meeting a stranger who’s actually been on your side your whole life.

The best moment to start is now, I guess and I would like to start with my bucket list. It’s not a long list. It’s simple, but hard. It’s me.

My Bucket List:

  • To see the Northern Lights
  • To write a book and maybe even have a movie made of it
  • To visit the Harry Potter Theme Park in Orlando
  • To have a wall fully loaded with books
  • To go on a holiday to Ireland
  • To go on a holiday to Scotland
  • To see The Lord Of The Dance perform live (I mean Michael Flatley, not the show, I’ve seen the show and I’ve cried during the entire     show, but more about that later in another list)
  • To meet Adam Lambert
  • To meet Jedward
  • To meet 30 Seconds to Mars
  • To be successful at my job

My bucket list has no particular order, but what’s on top of your list? Let me know. Maybe we share some things or maybe we could even help each other achieving their goals.

Much love,

Sam