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Old 12-16-2017, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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The Central Asian -Stans. I arrived in Bishkek on a pre-dawn flight, and took a van to Karakol, and the country is absolutely breathtaking. Even the general landscape is so different from anywhere else, you suddenly realize you are on Genghis Khan's Silk Road, and it really is different, transcendedntal. In addition, the city and towns still have the appearance of Old Russia, many buildings predating the Soviet era. In Bishkek, the snowcapped summer mountains are so near, you have to lean forward in your taxi seat to see the top.
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Old 12-16-2017, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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In the US;
Seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time. I've been back a number of times but nothing compares to that first viewing.
As a baseball fan I remember the first moment that I stepped foot into Fenway Park. Everything was so green, the crowd noises exhilarating and I was about to see my favorite team.

Europe;
While in Amsterdam we visited the Anne Frank house. I was overcome with emotion when I viewed the diary encased in glass.
In Rome seeing the Sistine Chapel as well as the ruins.

Africa;

Seeing the Pyramids in Egypt for the first time.
Spending time wandering through the souks and casbahs in Morocco.
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Old 12-18-2017, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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Gondola ride up the Zugspitze in Germany - Stunning. Rode the train back down.
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Old 12-18-2017, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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I know this will sound silly to many, if I hadn't experienced it I would probably be like, "isn't that nice". But, a few years back we found ourselves in an extremely impoverished town in Mexico (no running water, no doors or windows on the houses, just dirt roads with 3 foot potholes and a stream that folks dumped their bathroom buckets into. We were walking through town on Christmas eve and passed a little boy in yard, maybe 10 years old all by himself. He was kneeling on the ground looking up to the sky singing at the top of his lungs and holding his hands in prayer. I am NOT a religious person but, the look on this kid's face was pure joy, like I have never seen before or since. We were blown away by it. When I think of the natural and architectural beauty we have seen in Europe and other places, I always come back to the memory of that young boy's face, singing to god. It was amazing.
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Finally the house is done and we are in Port St. Lucie!
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I know this will sound silly to many, if I hadn't experienced it I would probably be like, "isn't that nice". But, a few years back we found ourselves in an extremely impoverished town in Mexico (no running water, no doors or windows on the houses, just dirt roads with 3 foot potholes and a stream that folks dumped their bathroom buckets into. We were walking through town on Christmas eve and passed a little boy in yard, maybe 10 years old all by himself. He was kneeling on the ground looking up to the sky singing at the top of his lungs and holding his hands in prayer. I am NOT a religious person but, the look on this kid's face was pure joy, like I have never seen before or since. We were blown away by it. When I think of the natural and architectural beauty we have seen in Europe and other places, I always come back to the memory of that young boy's face, singing to god. It was amazing.
Doesn't sound silly at all. We find amazing things if we just learn how to look around.

Thank you for sharing.
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Old 12-18-2017, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I know this will sound silly to many, if I hadn't experienced it I would probably be like, "isn't that nice". But, a few years back we found ourselves in an extremely impoverished town in Mexico (no running water, no doors or windows on the houses, just dirt roads with 3 foot potholes and a stream that folks dumped their bathroom buckets into. We were walking through town on Christmas eve and passed a little boy in yard, maybe 10 years old all by himself. He was kneeling on the ground looking up to the sky singing at the top of his lungs and holding his hands in prayer. I am NOT a religious person but, the look on this kid's face was pure joy, like I have never seen before or since. We were blown away by it. When I think of the natural and architectural beauty we have seen in Europe and other places, I always come back to the memory of that young boy's face, singing to god. It was amazing.
Doesn't sound silly to me. That's a great story of an event that provided you with the "shock and awe" referenced in the thread's title.
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Old 12-18-2017, 05:49 PM
Status: "Kamala/Pete 2020!! Make it happen, people." (set 19 days ago)
 
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If I can select only one, Id go with my very first scuba diving experience. It was last year in Cancun, where I dived to see MUSA underwater museum.

It was mind-blowing.
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Old 12-18-2017, 05:52 PM
Status: "Kamala/Pete 2020!! Make it happen, people." (set 19 days ago)
 
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I know this will sound silly to many, if I hadn't experienced it I would probably be like, "isn't that nice". But, a few years back we found ourselves in an extremely impoverished town in Mexico (no running water, no doors or windows on the houses, just dirt roads with 3 foot potholes and a stream that folks dumped their bathroom buckets into. We were walking through town on Christmas eve and passed a little boy in yard, maybe 10 years old all by himself. He was kneeling on the ground looking up to the sky singing at the top of his lungs and holding his hands in prayer. I am NOT a religious person but, the look on this kid's face was pure joy, like I have never seen before or since. We were blown away by it. When I think of the natural and architectural beauty we have seen in Europe and other places, I always come back to the memory of that young boy's face, singing to god. It was amazing.
Your story touches me. Thanks for sharing it. Its beautiful.
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Old 12-19-2017, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Lancashire, England
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A whale-watching boat trip out of Anacortes WA. We sailed through the San Juan Islands, finally seeing a pod off Victoria BC.
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:09 AM
 
Location: D.C.
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Seeing the wildebeest migration at Serengeti Park.
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