Up in the Air
It’s the start of a new quarter here at Hancock International College and ESL students of all levels want to explore and enjoy what the great city of Irvine has to offer. When you’re half way to the top of University Tower it’s hard to miss the amazing views through the huge windows. If you take a look through the window of our partner school Westcliff University you can sometimes see a tiny orange ball floating at low altitude… it truly sparked my curiosity!
I did some asking around and found out it was a balloon floating in the sky… but it didn’t really go anyway but up. I asked the internet and found the answer on cityofirvine.org! The orange floating ball was in fact The Great Park Balloon
The cityofirvine.org website had some amazing facts to share about this floating fruit shaped attraction detailing that, “The Great Park Balloon is one of the largest tethered helium (not hot air) balloons and the first of its kind in the United States. It is environmentally safe, non-polluting, and virtually silent. Standing 118 feet tall with a volume of 210,000 cubic feet, the Balloon can hold up to 30 passengers in its 1,810-pound gondola. Flying at an altitude up to 400 feet, it is always tethered to the ground by a steel cable with the strength of 99,000 pounds, making it a safe and fun experience for everyone.”
Maybe if our international students ask very nicely and work very hard we can all take one of our famous field trips out to experience the amazing view of the city of Irvine in The Great Park Balloon!
Idiom of the Day
Up in the Air
Meaning: Fig. The decision you are making is undecided or uncertain about someone or something. I don’t know what Sally plans to do. Things were sort of up in the air the last time we talked. Let’s leave this question up in the air until next week.
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