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Wizard
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August 5th, 2017 at 5:03:35 PM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear

That sounds redundant. Or is that first 'machines' supposed to be 'tables'?



D'oh!
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August 5th, 2017 at 5:47:19 PM permalink
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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.


Ok Doc I did the leg work on this one. From my research you have visited 31 countries as per your list. Here are the ones that are not independent countries:
Bonaire - Netherlands
Canary Islands - Spain
Cayman Islands - Britain
Gibraltar - Spain
Madeira - Portugal
Puerto Rico - USA
St. Martin and Sint Maarten are the same island with half being under Dutch rule and half being French
Sardinia and Sicily - Italy
Turks and Caicos - Britain
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August 5th, 2017 at 7:01:54 PM permalink
Quote: PokerGrinder

Gibraltar - Spain



I thought Gibraltar was part of the UK.

Hope Paco finds this thread, he loves this kind of stuff.

Here is my list:

Canada: Lost count
Mexico: Lost count
Costa Rica: 3
Nicaragua: 1
Panama: 1
Argentina: 1
Uruguay: 1
Bahamas: 1
Dominican Republic: 1
Curacao*: 1
Iceland: 1
USSR: 1
Finland: 1
Germany: 2
Poland: 2
France: 1
Italy: 1
Malta: 1
England: 1
Monaco: 1
Netherlands: 1
Belgium: 1
Australia: 2
New Zealand: 1
China (mainland): 5
China (Hong Kong)*: 1
China (Macau)*: 2
South Korea: Airport only
Denmark: Airport only
Philippines: Airport only

* I admit it could be argued this is not an independent country
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LostWages
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August 5th, 2017 at 8:52:32 PM permalink
Wiz,

What a great list you have!

The variety of countries is because my dad used to work for the United Nations, and 5 years of my work life was living out of a suitcase for 2 different international airlines.

I was Born in New York, USA

Asia
1. Burma (before it became Myanmar)
2. Hong Kong (before 1997, when it was annexed to China)
3. Indonesia
4. Guam
5. Japan
6. Malaysia
7. Pago Pago
8. Pakistan
9. People's Republic of China
10. Philippines
11. Samoa
12. Singapore
13. South Korea
14. Thailand
15. Taiwan
16. South Vietnam

Europe
17. Belgium
18. France
19. Germany
20. Greece
21. Italy
22. Netherlands
23. Switzerland
24. United Kingdom
25. The Vatican

Middle East
26. Aden
27. Dubai
28. Bahrain
29. Saudi Arabia
30. United Arab Emirates

Africa
31. Ethiopia
32. Kenya
33. Somalia
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34. Australia

35. Canada
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August 5th, 2017 at 10:56:40 PM permalink
Yup, Gibraltar be owned by U.K.!
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August 6th, 2017 at 1:00:45 AM permalink
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Yup, Gibraltar be owned by U.K.!


My bad.

I guess Lostwages wins for most countries.
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August 6th, 2017 at 10:03:00 AM permalink
Quote: PokerGrinder

Ok Doc I did the leg work on this one. From my research you have visited 31 countries as per your list. Here are the ones that are not independent countries:
Bonaire - Netherlands
Canary Islands - Spain
Cayman Islands - Britain
Gibraltar - Spain
Madeira - Portugal
Puerto Rico - USA
St. Martin and Sint Maarten are the same island with half being under Dutch rule and half being French
Sardinia and Sicily - Italy
Turks and Caicos - Britain

As I said, it is a complicated matter. Part of my point was that visiting remote/separated elements of a country is quite different from visiting the main part of that country. Do folks who visit Guam really feel as if they have been to the United States? I don’t know.

I think the same issues could exist in other places. For example, I think that visiting Saint Martin is quite a different thing from visiting France, but it may well not be the same as visiting a completely different country. I didn't get my passport stamped there, so I don't know whether it would have said "France" or not.

On the other hand, according to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, “On 10 October 2010, Sint Maarten became a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, making it a constitutional equal partner with Aruba, Curaçao, and the Netherlands proper.” I think that qualifies it as a country that I visited, noting that you appear to have allowed Aruba and Curaçao as “independents” from my list while rejecting Sint Maarten.

I also have difficulty with the idea of a place being a genuine part of a country and not using the currency of that country. For examples, Bonaire uses the U.S. Dollar, as does Turks and Caicos, while Gibraltar has its own currency (the Gibraltar Pound), and the Cayman Islands use the Cayman Islands dollar. Complicated, I think.
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August 6th, 2017 at 10:23:35 AM permalink
I've been to Canada and here (USA). Pretty boring.
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August 6th, 2017 at 11:05:22 AM permalink
You guys need scratch-off maps:

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August 7th, 2017 at 9:25:28 AM permalink
LostWages, I'd be interested to hear about Saudi Arabia sometime.

Doc, I agree. I've been to Curacao and to Amsterdam and while it could be argued they are the same country, they feel nothing alike. I could not detect one Dutch thing in Curacao, like a windmill or wooden shoes, anywhere. From what I hear, the language, papiamento, has deviated quite a bit from the original Dutch, I would consider the connection, at best, in name only.
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