I love cacti and I hate them at the same time. My first real encounter with one species of them which was bigger than me took place many years ago, on the Portuguese island of Madeira. I went too close and it hurt me awfully. I had to walk back to the hotel with hundreds little spines in my clothes and skin.
In the meanwhile, I can cope with them (yes, I love them!) and I am absolutely fascinated by their awesome and wild beauty.