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Countries I have seen

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Not sure I have ever done this but no time like the present. I have done some traveling, seen a few things and met a few people. I am on my 4th passport and a million+ miles.

Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, China, India

Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Belgium (French and native), Netherlands, Sweden, UK

Mexico, Belize, Brazil, Bahamas, Canada


I have seen the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort of Agra. I have walked the Forbidden City and smiled at Mt Fuji. I have walked the Tokyo fish market and driven through the Alps in two different crossings without elephants. I have found my way to countless city squares and knelt kindly on their blessings. I have ridden through a cattle drive led by a person that knows their names and I have had tea served by an ancient artisan. I have viewed the symbol of Hitler in its natural setting with no fear attached. I have strolled streets and towns at all hours of the cycle and breathed the air they make. I have eaten at bakeries of every kind and savored their sweets. I have plunged the Blue hole and swam with sharks a plenty. I have been inspected thoroughly by an innocent fish protecting their coral. I have left a perfectly good airplane and landed on my feet and I thrilled at the ground's approach to my reach. I have seen poverty so normal that I could not comprehend, and I have wept upon leaving as I could not see and end. I have found comfort in the distant steeples like an old friend waving in the far and driven at excess to get to the next. I have had coffee from all sorts of people and shared its elixir at all times of day. I've had foods I can know and many more that I don't served with laughter and cheer and many with beer while the water "mit gasse" is my fondest of all. And I have enjoyed it all. be continued.




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Well I've been to the mountain and I've been in the wind,
I've been in and out of happiness.
I have dined with kings, I've been offered wings
And I've never been too impressed.

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I’ve traveled all over the world in my previous career and seen many places. used to have a virtual map you could build to show everywhere you’ve been, then it gave you a percentage of how much of the world you visited.  I’ve been to 39% of countries on the planet. went offline in 2018, but I’m retired now and my international traveling days are done. has something similar you can build, which I’m working on now.  I have to go through all of my mission flight logs to find all the places I’ve been, but it should be fun.  Just thought I’d share in case you were interested in something like that. 🙂👍


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My Grandparents lived in small towns in Ireland. Each town was less than a few hundred people and the next town was around ten miles away.  They were farmers and worked long hours.  My Mothers Mom had never been outside of the town of Doon when her parents decided she was old enough to take care of herself and hired her out to a rich family in Boston where she worked two years to pay off her travel expenses. My Dads father supposedly walked twelve miles each Sunday just to have Sunday dinner with his future wife. The way they told it, there was one bicycle in the whole town and the eligible men fought over who got to use it.

 I wonder how they'd have reacted as kids to know their grandchildren would be born in five different countries.

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