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"When I was 15, I organized the neighbourhood kids into a soccer team in my home village in rural Afghanistan. I took the task so seriously that I collected money from each of the kids to order Real Madrid t-shirts for each of us and I contracted a kid to serve us milk every morning after the morning exercises. Despite my intrepid management efforts, in the end this budding team scattered all over the world and not one of us turned out to make it as a professional footballer."
"My first-night backpacking in Germany, I slept in a train station, the next day I jumped off a 30-foot cliff in Königssee"
"I was once chased by a wild boar in the Philippines while on a satellite phone in the middle of the night. It turns out they have really great night vision."
"I went sky diving in Australia, where they have no safety training/regulations for first-timers. "
"I once shared a campfire with a Wildebeest. He came less than 3 feet from me and I didn’t move a muscle."
"When the first leg of my flight from Buffalo to Nicaragua was cancelled due to a snowstorm, I quickly rented a car and drove 20 hours straight to Fort Lauderdale to catch my connecting flight. I made it to the gate with 15 min to spare!"
"I had my first shark encounter during a trip to the Maldives. I ended up swimming towards it to take a closer picture until I realized it could turn at any point and come back right at me!"
"I trekked four miles through swarms of mosquitoes, with scorching sun on my back, then climbed a 20ft tall Inukshuk, to get to the geographical center of Canada, Baker Lake, Nunavut."
"I spent time living in China but it wasn't until I was back in Canada that I decided to pick up Mandarin!"
“My biggest surprise while living in Kenya was their love of country music. I never thought I’d move to East Africa and find people jamming to Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.”