1. Driving a 4x4 through the inland wilderness expanse of Iceland, summer 2004.
2. Flying in a small, rickety Cessna 6-seater plane over Auyan Tepui and Angel Falls, Venezuela, December 2007.
3. Seeing mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, Virungas, December 2010.
4. Getting close to a leopard, almost to touching distance (from a jeep) on safari in Sabi Sabi game reserve next to Kruger Park, South Africa, August 2003.
5. Getting hyper (and slightly drunk) with my fellow travellers and North Korean guide in the lobby bar of the Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang, DPRK, after having been in the middle of Kim Il Sung Square in a mass dance, which had been a totally psychedelic experience (though otherwise 100% drug-free), August 2005.
7. Cruising on a boat amongst icebergs near Tasiilaq in East Greenland, even getting up close to hack off a bit of ice, which was used in the evening in a glass of whisky (the only time I've ever used ice in whisky – it was the only imaginable excuse for such a crime … see food & drink). Listening to the millennia-old air pockets in the glacial ice crackle in the glass as the ice dissolved was a magical, almost mystical moment, August 2004.
8. The magical close encounters I had with king penguins on the Falkland Islands.
9. Hiking on my own from Morar to Loch Nevis and back (irresponsible, I know, esp. since I hadn't even told anybody I was going on this hike) and when pausing hearing no sound at all other than my own heartbeat, west-coast Scotland, Great Britain, 1995.
10. Lifting off (backwards!) in a helicopter for the first time in my life, over New York City, in summer 2002.
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