In 1994 I was doing some prospecting in S America in the Altoplano and the Atacama desert and we saw the eclipse of the sun. It was spooky as hell. No matter how sophisticated in science one thinks they are, etherel experiences as that leave a psychological footprint that stayed with me.
We were among alpacas that were carrying on and as the eclipse approached totality, everything just shut up and was totally quiet. A wind kicked up, probably from the rapid temperature change up the mountain slopes. I had an unltraviolet light I was using for lithium mica and the scorpions were coming out from under rocks like little demons unleashed for the night .
There was a movie from a book by Stephen King that did a damned good job of recreating the feeling of a total eclipse in a town in Maine.
I really don't think Id go out of my way to see another one. Its like a really well done "Halloween Haunted Maize Maze", I found it a little scary.
I have to admit that Im a bit of a wuss because the light , as it dimmed and the stars came out, I swear you had a feeling of racing out through space as the stars from more and more distand solar systems in our Galaxy began to appear . You could actually see lower (number ) magnitudes appearing a few seconds later and right next to a closer- in star. They just looked like they winked ON as the totality approached. You really got a feeling of the "Dome" of the heavens.
I forget how long the totality lasted but there were people in the village that were praying (I believe they were praying,cause it sounded like Catholic stuff).
When the totality was over it was unlike a sunrise because the light was up high in the sky and it began to brighten over about 10 minutes.