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    Default Where have you been in the world?

    I'm interested in where people have travelled and their thoughts on the various places. Particularly if you are from outside the U.S and have travelled to the U.S I'd be interested in your impressions (even if negative.)

    When I was in the Navy in the '90s I was very lucky to see quite a bit of the world. The comprehensive list is: Bahrain, United Arab Emerites, Kenya, Singapore (three times,) Thailand (three times,) Hong Kong, Phillipines, Saipan, and Guam (where my ship was home ported.) In fact, I have crossed every time zone on Earth either by air or sea. I flew from San Diego to Philadelphia, and then on to Bahrain to meet my ship. About three years later the ship was transferred from Guam to Oakland, CA, and when we made that trip I completed my circumnavigation of the globe.

    Of the places I have been, I'd like to go back to either Kenya or Thailand the most. My visits were limited to just a couple of days each time with limited ability to really get out and see the countries. I'm not sure if I will ever get back, but I'd like to.
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    Lived in the Netherlands, Singapore, France, China (regularly for a month), and now back in the Netherlands since end 2004.

    Visited Canada*, USA*, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, South Africa, Swaziland, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia**, Malaysia**, Thailand**, Hong Kong*, South Korea*, UK**, Portugal, Spain**, Belgium**, Luxembourg, Denmark*, Germany** (also West and East Germany), Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, San Marino, Vatican, Slovenia, Yugoslavia, Greece, Hungary**, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Poland.

    *: business trip
    **: business trips and holiday (separate occasions)
    all others: holiday

    New Zealand stands out as the most attractive country, followed by Italy and Germany. China is fascinating (made over a dozen trips there, and we have an apartment in Shanghai).
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    Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Holy See, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

    Those are all the sovereign states, but Ive visited various Carribean islands which are still possessions.
    Ive lived in: Netherlands, UK and US. I spend probably about 1-2 months a year in Spain.
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    Countries I've stayed a week or more; New Zeeland, Australia, Madagascar, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia (including Siberia and Manchuria), China and Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Austria, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, US and Canada..

    Never been to South and middle America, mainland Africa south of the Sahara or the Pacific islands or any of the poles.

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    Man, you guys get around.

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    Wow, Oman...that would be interesting

    I have family in Italy and Albania, so been there. I've been on some kind of vacation or trip to Canada, Mexico, the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, and the Bahamas. Not too bad for being 16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricABQ View Post
    Man, you guys get around.
    Spent much of my working life on the road! .. never been a working in the same place 7 to 5 kind of guy...

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    Not in a whole lot of places like you all, just a few: the USA (twice), Germany (twice and planning on some more), Switzerland, Lithuania and Russia (St. Petersburg was quite nice, but Moscow I hated). The USA is the only country I got to see as an "insider", not as a tourist, since I lived there for a year and enjoyed it a whole lot. The other time I was there I did a "grand tour" from Washington DC to Chicago to the Colorado Rockies to the Grand Canyon to the middle part of California and back, so I got to see some of the most beautiful nature and architecture there is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    Not in a whole lot of places like you all, just a few: the USA (twice), Germany (twice and planning on some more), Switzerland, Lithuania and Russia (St. Petersburg was quite nice, but Moscow I hated). The USA is the only country I got to see as an "insider", not as a tourist, since I lived there for a year and enjoyed it a whole lot. The other time I was there I did a "grand tour" from Washington DC to Chicago to the Colorado Rockies to the Grand Canyon to the middle part of California and back, so I got to see some of the most beautiful nature and architecture there is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    Not in a whole lot of places like you all, just a few: the USA (twice), Germany (twice and planning on some more), Switzerland, Lithuania and Russia (St. Petersburg was quite nice, but Moscow I hated). The USA is the only country I got to see as an "insider", not as a tourist, since I lived there for a year and enjoyed it a whole lot. The other time I was there I did a "grand tour" from Washington DC to Chicago to the Colorado Rockies to the Grand Canyon to the middle part of California and back, so I got to see some of the most beautiful nature and architecture there is.
    Where did you live for the year you spent in the US?

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    I worked in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was a blue-collar job, nothing high-class, but, hey, I was just a little over twenty at the time, and here I was, half a world away from home, and pretty much on my own (I did have a couple of good friends who helped me along though). It was... thrilling.
    ... yet for us will still remain the holy German art... (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
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    Swtizerland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Slovakia, Netherlands, Czech republic, Germany, France, Egypt, UK, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Belgium. I also lived in Israel for 9 years.

    But most of them were essentially just a passing-by countries that we drove through to our main destination, though we did have short stops at certain places to at least perceive that we were here. I guess living in Eruope does have the benefit of being able to get around many places without too much difficulty.
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    Every country in South America,...everywhere in western Europe except Belgium and Denmark,...Northern Africa,...Lithuania and Estonia,...at least 40 cities in the U.S.,...still waiting on the Middle East and the Far East and Hawaii. Oh,..and many islands in the Caribbean. I'll be in Southampton, UK in late April to catch another Transatlantic cruise back home; this time, into New York Harbor.

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    Overseas: only Japan twice, Morocco, and Madeira, plus Turkey twice.

    But I´ve travelled in Europe a lot, for alltogether about 3 years of my life, some countries however still on the to-do list - mainly Russia, Norway, the Baltic States & Scotland.
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    Holidays/vacations around Western Europe
    but lived in the UK and South Africa
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