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Karen Dion gets high over Egypt and brings back a different perpective.

LOOKING AT MY list of “optional activities,” I had at first dismissed the idea of a balloon ride over Luxor’s west bank as a little too touristy. But I quickly changed my mind when I learned that it was archaeologists who first launched hot air balloons over Luxor as a new way of mapping the Theban Necropolis. This fact gave the balloon ride enough credibility for me to get over my snobbery and sign up for the trip.

[Note: The author is a Matador Traveler-in-Residence participating in a partnership between MatadorU and Adventure Center. During 2011/12, Adventure Center is sponsoring eight epic trips for MatadorU students and alumni.]

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About The Author

Karen Dion

Karen Dion grew up in Scotland and variously called Tokyo, London, Sydney, Reykjavik, Valparaiso and Prague home before settling (for now) in Hawaii. She has written for Honolulu Weekly and and blogs at

  • Valeria Chernova

    На монгольфьере над Луксором!

    • Kamon Kanke

      I want to be the reason for your smile…nothing more…!”~~~.. fun, positive, teamworking, music loving Adventurer. Looking for same in a travel female partner strictly platonic for Road trip out SOUTH . my CAR Cost level – Medium SHARE COAST 50/50 financially OK, Would you like to travel with me? Looking forward to hearing from you.TURKEY
      2013 – May AGUST SEPTEMBRE (date is flexible)Would love some company during my vacation ,
      Looking forward to hearing from you.

  • Breakaway Backpacker

    Great photos! I did this while I was there… and ahh loved it!

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