Paulo Coelho and the Balloon, Part 5

pc_and_balloon_5In Paulo’s novel The Alchemist, the hero Santiago has a vision, or, more correctly, an experience of the world as whole, where the macrocosm and microcosm are one. In a balloon, there is no wind. There is no sense of motion; the world moves around you, the still point.

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Paulo Coelho and the Balloon, Part 4

pc_and_balloon_4Breakfast and conversation followed our return to Earth. What was Paulo like? It would be hard to say. I think it is a conceit to think we can know anyone in a brief encounter, or even after a long friendship. I guess my impression of this man would be this image, this slice of time and space.

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Paulo Coelho and the Balloon, Part 3

pc_and_balloon_3The balloon flight was scheduled early in the morning. While most of the Kanto plain is developed, a large wetland exists north of Tokyo and is perfect for hot-air ballooning. The weather, however, was typical, hazy and overcast.

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