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11. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

My most spiritual moment thus far would be in Russia:

We are about 600km into our journey. Travelling down the river Chune in central Siberia. The rapids are becoming more frequent and larger. After entering "The Lock" (which is a 200km stretch of river that no boat can enter - hense no people) - by roping the canvas kayaks through the rocks - we would be beyond the point of no return, forward and only forward, with 200km until a chance at getting help if needed.

The rapids were not large by any means, perhaps class three. But in a canvas kayak hitting any rock generally means sinking...

... for many of the stretches of rapids we would tether the kayaks to lines and giude them through slowly, avoiding any dangers if possible. Considering how bloody boring that was we decided to tackle a few head on. The first few were not bad and we did well to avoid the rocks and shallow pools. The one that will always stick out in my mind is the raher large set with a very small margin for error. Through the span of the river there was perhaps a one meter gap in the rocks.

Now at this point we should take into account that I am by no means a "kayaker", this trip was my first time, so the fact that I was the one at the rear trying to get us through this was as much a mental challange as a physical one...

...after passing through the rockey gap unscathed I believed in any and every god and omnipotent idea ever imagined. Praise to them all as far as I am concerned!

12. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I sold a couple of apartments before leaving my own country permanently. Some of this money has acted as a reserve in times of need. Otherwise I work and make money in other parts of the world.

13. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Please ignore the last post. It ended up in the wrong thread

14. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Times like these just scream for an edit button...;)

15. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I thought this thread had died a death. I really enjoyed reading these.

One of the times I remember being most "moved" (not sure if that's the best word..) while travelling was the following:

I was in Italy camping on the side of an olive grove high above a little Italian town. Looking out the door of my tent I could see the whole town twinkling below as dusk began to fall. This place was situated at the edge of a lake at the base of a mountain which loomed over everything - a really beautiful part of the world. It was August so there was THUNDER in the air - I remember sitting at the door of the tent smoking a j and soaking up the heat. As night fell, thunder started to roll in the sky. It got closer and closer and suddenly there was this enormous crack and lightning lit up the whole place. The mountain, which had all but disappeared in the darkness, was completely illuminated - the best thunder and lightning storm EVER went on for the next half an hour. Fantastic flashes of light lit up the sky and I saw the place in a completely different light. It was like nature's very own fireworks display. It definitely surpassed any real fireworks show I've ever seen! Eventually the thunder began to roll off into the distance and everything quietened down again. I felt so "charged" or something by the electricity in the air - exhilirated. And then the rain came...that very heavy wet wet rain that falls after thunder. It quenched the energy in the air and in me I fell asleep listening to the sound of it drumming against the tent.

I'm reading back over this and I'm realising that I'm not really getting across what I was feeling but i suppose what I'm trying to say is that I felt completely in awe of nature there and then.

16. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Eve, you may not have expressed it the way you wanted, but it is a very visual description for me and sounds beautiful. It's very hard to put into words those almost "once in a lifetime" experiences, and I think you did it well.

Like you, I'm glad this thread didn't die either - very interesting entries.

17. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Thanks Isa;)

18. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

One of the most amazing/happiest experience i ever had was during my trip around Galapagos Island, the fourth day we visited an island named Santa Fe, there are a lot of wild and endemic animals, a lots of sea lion - one of them, a baby sea lion came to me and started to smell me: my feet, my leg - then he got my hands with his mouth, I didn't move I just was watching him because one of the Galapagos rules is "Do not touch or handle the animals" (coz they will quickly become fearful and lose their remarkable fearlessness if they are approached by human) - suddenly a tourist endemic guide broke the moment saying don't touch him, it's against the rules...I said, I'm not touching him, he is!!! Then she explained me the baby sea lion was looking for her mom "if I let him to smell you, he will think you’re his mom and then he will looking for you all around the island and probably die of sadness"...after that i run toward my boat, in this moment i saw many people taking me pictures I couldn't understand why until I looked back - the baby sea lion was running after me saying mom, mom, mom!!!!! I am not kidding this baby was thinking i was his mum...Oh I turned towards him and just wanted to hug and kiss him but was impossible, I just said "good-bye baby" and then boarded...BUUUUUUUU!!! I left my baby there....Lobito i won't never forget you!

PD: I got a nice photo of this magic moment...

19. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting ppatti

One of the most amazing/happiest experience i ever had was during my trip around Galapagos Island, the fourth day we visited an island named Santa Fe, there are a lot of wild and endemic animals, a lots of sea lion - one of them, a baby sea lion came to me and started to smell me: my feet, my leg - then he got my hands with his mouth, I didn't move I just was watching him because one of the Galapagos rules is "Do not touch or handle the animals" (coz they will quickly become fearful and lose their remarkable fearlessness if they are approached by human) - suddenly a tourist endemic guide broke the moment saying don't touch him, it's against the rules...I said, I'm not touching him, he is!!! Then she explained me the baby sea lion was looking for her mom "if I let him to smell you, he will think you’re his mom and then he will looking for you all around the island and probably die of sadness"...after that i run toward my boat, in this moment i saw many people taking me pictures I couldn't understand why until I looked back - the baby sea lion was running after me saying mom, mom, mom!!!!! I am not kidding this baby was thinking i was his mum...Oh I turned towards him and just wanted to hug and kiss him but was impossible, I just said "good-bye baby" and then boarded...BUUUUUUUU!!! I left my baby there....Lobito i won't never forget you!

PD: I got a nice photo of this magic moment...

Oh My God, that is so sad. I am the weakest when it comes to animals, I get attached to them in about 1 minute.

20. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

While travelling in Spain and my boy at the time asking me to marry him outside a beautiful little church while the sun was setting.

Needless to say it didn't last long and I am happy to be single but at the time it was a fab moment and one to be remembered.

Another one was when I was sitting on a white sandy beach in the Carribean, sipping a cocktail, watching the sun set on my 21st birthday.

Ah memories