A friend had asked me how many countries I have been to and I told her I honestly don't know. I don't keep track of things like that. However here goes the inventory.
England (22 times)
Ireland (1975 & 1978)
Scotland (1975, 1981, 1994)
Wales (1979 & 1984)
France (1976, 1999 & 2008)
Germany (quite a few times)
Italy (1976 & 2007)
Switzerland (1976 & 1983)
mental note to self - time to head back to Europe!!!
Netherlands (1975 & 1983)
Hong Kong (1977 & 1990)
Singapore see above
Thailand see above
New Zealand 1977
Australia 1977 & 1985
Caribbean cruise covering Barbados, St Maartan, Puerto Rico, Antigua, St. Thomas...1987
Mexico 2002 & 2010
Costa Rica 2002/3 & 2008
U.S.A. & Canada of course!!! Too many trips to mention but I have been in every province and territory in Canada and well over half of the U.S. states. One of my goals is to walk in every state and state capital in the U.S. So far I am just over half in the states and not quite half in the state capitals. It's a lifetime project!!!
How many countries does that add up to? I don't know....like I said I don't keep track. To me there is no need - I am not trying to impress anyone. Some of the countries were just a taste - others like England are old friends. It would be an insult to even say I've been there For example Antigua ...- to put it bluntly my friend and I were drunk the couple of hours we spent on land there. All I can remember about that country is a kid and a dog and I would struggle to remember that if I didn't have the photos. It would be an insult to the fine people of Antigua to tell them I've been to their country. But my feet have been on Antiguan soil so I am counting it here.
All I know is I will keep exploring until I either get too senile to hit the road or don't have enough money - whatever it turns out to be (andit will be a sad sad day.) I hope I never lose my wanderlust or sense of adventure....the day I say I just want to stay at home please take me into the back forty as they say and shoot me. (even though I believe in gun control!) Especially if I am still living in Saskatchewan!
It makes me realize it is time to revisit some places - it's just been too long.
I am going to start rehashing old trips - I have the diary for my first trip overseas in front of me. My, such nice handwriting and wow such detail....such a young innocent thing I was but I am so glad I kept diaries back then. I don't think I've read it since I put it away after my trip!!! It should be a good read.
Stay tuned - I will be back to regale you with what a 22 year old Restless Prairie Girl got up to and how I got this way....