What it’s like to go to the largest hot air balloon festival in the world

2 out of 5 hot mess tinis Fiesta-ing and hot air ballooning in Albuquerque I’ve been putting off writing about my experience at last year’s Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, not because it wasn’t a great experience, but because it was just so…so…. wholesome. Writing about it feels “off brand.” Even though I hot-messed hard for my first trip to Albuquerque losing the rental car key immediately after arriving, it was – in the end -…

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A bar toilet and a teaching moment

Let me take you back to a time I often reflect on as a teaching moment from my travels. It all started in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I was SO excited to go to the biggest Hot Air Balloon gathering event in the WORLD (I think it’s the biggest, I did not look it up.) This is because I was anticipating a lot of “firsts”: First time in a hot air balloon, first time in New…

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