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PokerGrinder
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August 5th, 2017 at 12:34:27 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Thanks for the kind words. This was just a 12-day trip to Amsterdam and Brussels. I wish it could have been longer. By the time you're 52 I think your passports will be more impressive than mine, given your recent tour of Asia.


That's definitely my goal! How many countries have you been to now? I feel like you are the kind of person that knows this number.
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August 5th, 2017 at 12:40:54 PM permalink
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That's definitely my goal! How many countries have you been to now? I feel like you are the kind of person that knows this number.



Only 23 it looks like. However, I don't plan my travels to maximize that number. For example, I've been to China five times. This also doesn't count countries where I only saw the airport.
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August 5th, 2017 at 12:48:10 PM permalink
23 is smaller than I thought you'd say but still a lot more than I have visited.
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August 5th, 2017 at 1:42:44 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Only 23 it looks like. However, I don't plan my travels to maximize that number. For example, I've been to China five times. This also doesn't count countries where I only saw the airport.



I would have guessed that number to be higher. I may even have you beat, though the majority would be countries visited while cruising the Caribbean. Now I have to go look. Lol at myself.

Edit: I get 24 if I count USVI and Puerto Rico as outside the US, which they sort of are...22 otherwise. Call it a tie.

You have a lot more interesting ones, I think; one Caribbean country looks a lot like the next. OTOH, China, Australia, New Zealand...not to mention places like Cyprus and The Netherlands. Jealous.

I am counting Iceland though I changed planes there. I had a 4 hour layover, so I hired a taxi and toured Reykjavik for 2 hours. Maybe that's not a fair one, but I did have to go thru Customs again to get in the airplane.

I think Pokergrinder has us both, if not now, then very soon when he does his next Asia tour.

Anybody else got more?
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August 5th, 2017 at 1:48:59 PM permalink
Almost all my countries I've stayed in at least a couple days. Here are some exceptions:

Poland: Been twice. The first visit was about four hours and the second one two two hours. My aunt lives less than a mile from the border with Germany.
Italy: I admit this was a "cross it off the list" country. Traveled by train from Monaco to the closest city in Italy (a short ride), had lunch, and went back.

I spent more time in the Seoul and Manila than both these countries but they were long layovers, so I don't count them.
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August 5th, 2017 at 3:23:03 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs



I am counting Iceland though I changed planes there. I had a 4 hour layover, so I hired a taxi and toured Reykjavik for 2 hours. Maybe that's not a fair one, but I did have to go thru Customs again to get in the airplane.



I tend to count the countries if i left the airport grounds.
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August 5th, 2017 at 3:57:15 PM permalink
The counting process can become complicated. Do you count each of the elements of the British Empire as separate countries? How about the various islands around the Atlantic and Caribbean that are affiliated with Spain or Portugal? Are Sicily and Sardinia part of Italy or just "owned" by it? Do you count your own country or just the "foreign" ones?

Anyway, my list is alphabetized below, and you can count it according to whatever rules you prefer.

Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bonaire, Canada, Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Cyprus, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Greece, Grenada, Italy, Jamaica, Madeira, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Sardinia, Sicily, Sint Maarten, Spain, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, US, USVI


Might have missed one or two somewhere along the line.
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August 5th, 2017 at 4:35:34 PM permalink
I personally don't consider USVI or Puerto Rico to be separate since they are part of the US. I visited both St. Thomas (USVI) and Puerto Rico as stops on a cruise ship in 2008. Just my opinion which will make less sense later in this post. However another stop on that trip was St Kitts which is its own country. Wiz how do you view Hong Kong and Macau? I view them as two countries separate from china since they both have their own government and currencies.

Depending on your view of what I've said my list is:
Hong Kong
Macau
Malaysia
Singapore
Israel
Canada
USA
St. Kitts

In January I will add Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and India.
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August 5th, 2017 at 4:56:30 PM permalink
Great article.


Quote:

Amsterdam has only one large full-blown casino that offers machines as well as slot machines,

That sounds redundant. Or is that first 'machines' supposed to be 'tables'?
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August 5th, 2017 at 5:02:44 PM permalink
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Are Sicily and Sardinia part of Italy or just "owned" by it?



I thought there was absolutely no doubt those were part of Italy as much as Hawaii is a part of the US. Maybe not the best standard, but they don't have separate representation in the United Nations or Olympics. Are there some rights they don't enjoy the rest of Italy does?
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