Ever had a moment in time, even if it was just a SPLIT second, when you felt so HAPPY AND PERFECT?
Pinel Island in St. Maartin was one of those heavenly paradises for me. The white sandbar extending into the water with lush hills surrounding the small ocean inlet. Clear sparkling water underneath a blue sky....I stood there in ankle deep water, arms spread as if about to take flight, and just COULDN'T STOP SMILING!!! 8)
I think the most recent moment for me was last August. I went over to Vancouver, B.C. and got the chance to sit on a balcony... overlooking English Bay, which was flooded with boats. The sun set in front of us, and the fireworks competition began. I was deliriously happy.
You know, I mis-spoke when I said my moment in Vancouver was the most recent one. Last November, in Italy, was full of those moments. I realize that every "best second of my life" has been while traveling.
A lot of my best seconds have come while travelling too. Standing on the Eiffel Tower at sunset; sitting on the balcony at our hostel in San Sebastien, Spain, overlooking the ocean and beach; walking the streets of NYC just taking it all in; paragliding in the Swiss Alps....there have been a few! But then there are the few that happen when I'm not travelling like realising someone will be there for you no matter what, finding the perfect shoe (), and realising that you're good at something. I should stop with the cheese before it turns into a Hallmark commercial
Norway 2002!! No Doubt.
Went with my friends (1 aussie, 1 welsh) who I had met in Spain on a skydivin holiday earlier that year.
Cut a long story short we talked about B.A.S.E jumping in Norway at that time and here I was at the edge of Kerag havin just watched my friends jump. The sky was so clear and beautiful, it was peaceful and I have to admit that I was completely teriffied.
It was a V.heavy cocktail of emotions. When I jumped there was initially silence and then a huge rush of air. ....I hope it opens....I hope it opens.....BANG there it is, my canopy deployed correctly.
I have to say that that was a very fine second and the silence and scenery were breathtaking.
A lot of contrasts made it a moment that I will never forget.
All that and I break my leg playing rugby
Wow - a tough question. A couple of times come to mind....
1. Vienna June 1989.
I had just visited the history museum, middle of Summer, long way from home, with some new found friends, and at that moment I thought to myself "James, sometimes life can be very sweet".
2. London September 2003
I was in London for a mate's wedding. My wife was home in Sydney as she was heavily pregnant and couldn't travel. One morning I got up to revisit some of the old familiar haunts from when we lived there for a few years. I stepped out of my hotel, put on my headphones (Ibiza club anthems), put on my sunglasses, and set off on a beautiful day of memories. At that moment I thought to myself "James, sometimes life can be very sweet."
3. Sydney January 2004
My wife was about to give birth and I was waiting to go into the delivery room (it was a cesarian section). I was pacing up and down full of nerves, and then the nurses told me to come through. After about 15 minutes, my wife gave birth and I saw my beautiful son for the very first time. At that moment, I thought to myself, "James, sometimes life can be very sweet."
I must say the moment when I conquered the higest South East Asia mountain of Mount Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia.
The view on top of the 4100m was magnificient with the freezing air and watching the sun comes up, it's a superb beauty of mother nature.
2ndly, the Padas White River Water Rafting, in Borneo.
A real fanatic and scary one. Yeah, and I did experienced the capsize moment! Freaking scary but was amazed!
I'm still waiting for it...............................lots of practice ones tho' !!
I'd have to say the best second of my life was on Banana Beach in Tel Aviv. I had squandored all my money (which wasn't much to begin with) and didn't want to go home yet, but was left with little choice. Sleeping on the beach, I woke up the next morning and was walking down the beach to go to the El Al office. I came across a patch of sand with a white envelope sticking out. I grabbed the envelope and found a plane ticket stub from Ecuador and also 2300 dollars. OMG Holy Flurking Ship. I was on the next bus to Egypt with a Scottish pal of mine and we had a BLAST in Cairo, and especially Dahab. To this day, when I think of Ecuador, I think of free money.