Our 20th anniversary balloon trip

My wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary back in November. We celebrated as a family with our three great kids making vegan sushi for us all. At the time my wife said that there was a present on its way, but that it may take a while. I didn’t think much of it, until this weekend.

On Saturday I was told “you need to get an early night, as tomorrow we’re leaving for our anniversary surprise at 5am.” At the time it didn’t seem like much of a gift – getting out of bed at 5am isn’t the easiest thing for a family comprising three teenagers to do (and that’s as much down to me as it is the kids, in fairness). But we managed and were on the road up to the Val-de-Ruz by 5:10am.

We arrived at the same time as a car pulling a trailer, at which point we all figured out what was in store: a trip in a “Montgolfière” (this is the French term for a hot air balloon, named after the aviation pioneers who invented this mode of transport). My wife had been working to…

Read more