Travel

I’d like to clock up 100 countries during my life time. I’m up to 80-something.

Andorra
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bahrain
Belgium
Belize
Bolivia
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Costa Rica
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Egypt
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Korea
Laos
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tunisia
Turkey
Ukraine
U.A.E.
U.K.
U.S.A.
Uruguay
Vatican City
Vietnam
Yugoslavia
Galapagos Island tortoise
The locals refer to the tortoises simply as Galapagos, and they typically live into their 100s. Here are my thoughts on cruising the Galapagos Islands. And here’s a rock tortoise, in Terelj National Park, Mongolia:
Terelj National Park, Mongolia
Some years ago I travelled overland from Finland to Singapore, taking the trans-Siberian route from Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia along the way. Look at a picture of the earth from space, at night, and you’ll see clusters of city lights dotted along the train line for 1000s of km. Here’s how humans expanded across the world.At one point the population was down to less than 10,000 humans. These days, 1 in 200 men are descendents of Ghengis Kahn
Pyramids, Egypt
The pyramids at Giza, which for some 4,000 were the tallest man-made structure in the world, are only about 20% of the height of today’s tallest building. They’re still massively impressive though, and I think that’s because even today they’d be an effort to make.
Panama Canal, Panama
On the other hand, the Panama canal, probably one of the most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken (25,000+ plus workers died over the 30 years taken to construct it) left less of an impact on me, simply because you can’t get a sense of the scale just from looking at it today
Laos, Cambodia
I enjoyed visiting Laos. Some beautiful scenery, and not yet featuring that highly on the backpacker trail.
Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Tanzania is a great destination too. I climbed Kilimanjaro, spent time on Zanzibar, and visited the Ngorongoro crater, the world’s largest unbroken caldera with steep, 600m ‘walls’ creating a natural enclosure for some 25,000 animals.
Easter Island
Easter Island
Mount Fuji, Japan
“He who climbs Mount Fuji once is a wise man, he who climbs it twice is a fool.”
Ushuaia, Argentina
The world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, Argentina.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
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