I used to ‘chase’ solar eclipses. Mongolia was a bit of a failure, but one van-load of us did manage to drive fast towards Siberia and see it through hazy cloud. One guy with us had never seen one before and was completely blown away by the experience. Us more experienced ‘chasers’ were a little disappointed … but you give yourself the best chance you can for each one and we just got unlucky with the weather.
I’ve seen 3 fantastic ones. 15,000 feet up a twin peak volcano in Chile, one from ruins of an ancient city in the plains of northern India and one in Iran from a cemetery (we’d been moved on from the Zoroastrian site we wanted to view it from by local religious police). That Iranian visa was a plague on my house when entering USA until I changed passport … then hey presto, I was no longer a potential terrorist sympathiser. How stupid these things are.
“Why go all the way to Iran to see it?” I was always asked. “The alternatives were Iraq or Afghanistan” was my response, which always shut them up.