Last night, I watched a video on YouTube that took my breath away. In it, a man on a gorilla watching tour in Uganda has a group of wild gorillas crowd around and literally start petting him. All you can do is watch this video and say ‘wow’ as the man is surrounded by these strong, majestic animals. Watch it – you won’t be disappointed.
This made me think about those ‘moments’ in travel (usually unexpected) that leave you looking back in amazement. Whether they’re simple wow moments, holy s**t moments or beautiful moments, I’ve been lucky to experience many of these throughout my travels.
For my first ‘moment’, I thought I’d stick with wildlife and share a wow moment I experienced a few years ago. This picture was taken at the Tiger Temple, a wildlife sanctuary in Thailand. During this visit, I had the chance to touch one of most powerful wild animals in the world – the tiger. When it was taken, my heart was in my throat. One wrong move and I could have been in big trouble. I look at this picture and all I can think is – wow, I can’t believe that actually happened!
To be totally honest, I didn’t do much research before visiting the tigers and I don’t think I’d return. There’s been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the animals being improperly treated and if this is really the case it’s not something I’d want to support. That being said, this was still such a crazy moment, I thought it was worth sharing.