Where I’ve Been
I have visited 26(-ish) countries.
I say “ish” because visits vary in quality. Occasionally, I get deep into a country and a population, and other times I’m sequestered in some manufactured reality (an all-inclusive resort, for instance), I’m there very briefly (I spent about a dozen hours in Paris), or both (I spent about two hours in an all-inclusive in Haiti).
Just know that I realize that all visits are not equal. I don’t mean to imply I’m intimately familiar with all of the countries below, just that I have technically spent some amount of time in them.
I’ve been to Sydney twice, both for 2-3 three days, both for conference events. On my first trip, I did manage to squeeze in a tour of the Opera House.
I teach in a university program in Graz, and visited twice to meet my students. I spent another afternoon and evening site-seeing in Vienna during the Christmas season.
Annie and I honeymooned at Atlantis, on Paradise Island. We only left the resort to do a dolphin excursion.
I had a client in Toronto, and visited there at least a dozen times during their project. I’ve spoken at or attended conferences in Vancouver (twice), Montreal, and Prince Edward Island.
I’ve been to Copenhagen 4-5 times (to the point where I have a favorite hotel), and Odense – in “the midwest of Denmark” – three times. All for various conferences and events.
My company took all employees and their companions (36 people, in total) to the Excellence Punta Cana for five days.
I attended a conference in Helsinki. I went for a run through the city, and up and down the waterfront. I spent an evening chaperoning some very drunk conference attendees around some bars.
On the way back from a New Zealand visit when I was a teenager, my family stopped here and we spent three days at The Regent resort (which has apparently seen better days).
I got stuck overnight in Paris once when Air France went on strike (which, I learned, happens a lot). I went all the way into the city and just so I could go for a morning run under the Effiel Tower before having to go right back to the airport.
I’ve been to Berlin three times and Frankfurt once, for various conferences and events. Also, I had a open day on a weekend so I went to Stuttgart to visit The Porsche Museum.
I spent about two hours at Labadee, which is a beach resort created by Royal Caribbean to service their ships. So, I did set foot on land that was technically “Haiti,” but at no time did I interact with the population or culture.
I spoke at an event in Budapest and spent about 24 hours in the city. My host took me site-seeing for a couple of hours.
I had a six-hour layover on the way back from London, so I took a cab into South Dublin and got a Guinness at a pub, then went back to the airport. I had a couple great conversations with cabbies about Irish sports and politics.
This one might be a stretch, but the cruise ship I was on docked at Falmouth for a day. I didn’t actually get off the boat, but I spent time on deck looking out over the countryside, and we were technically attached to a dock which was territorial Jamaica.
I went to Tiajuana once as a child. I have vague memories of a store with paintings of naked women on the walls and some Mexican Jumping Beans, which fascinated me (more than the women because I was, like, eight). Also, I did spent one hour onshore in Cozumel – just long enough to have dinner at a Magaritaville and use the bathroom.
I was born in Auckland and lived in Napier as a child. I immigrated to the United States when I was almost six-years-old. I’ve been back three times to visit.
I attended a conference in Oslo, and boarded a cruise ship there for another conference onboard, headed to Copenhagen.
I spoke at a conference in Lisbon. I spent a day site-seeing around the castle, palace, and waterfront. I was previously unaware of the skill of Portuguese bakers.
I spoke at a conference in Singapore. I got to site-see a bit around central Singapore, and got lost in a Singaporean national park where I was chased by a monkey.
I spoke at an event at a company in Bratislava. I was in and out of the city in about a four-hour span, and saw virtually none of it. However, my host drove me about an hour to his hometown of Nove Zamky so we could talk before dropping me at the train station, so I saw a lot of the countryside (which looks exactly like South Dakota, for the record).
I’ve been to Stockholm at least four times, including an amazing Saturday in the Old Town. Also, my very first trip to Europe was to Malmo, just across the Baltic from Copenhagen. I’ve also taken a high-speed train across the interior of Sweden, and spent some time at a country estate about an hour outside Stockholm.
I visited a software company in Basel, and took a side trip up to Grindelwald, to see The Alps.
Turks and Caicos
Annie and I took the family to Beaches resort for a week to celebrate our son’s high school graduation.
I’ve been to London four times, for various conferences and meeting. I also attended an event at a hotel in Windsor where the Rocky Horror Picture Show was filmed. I’ve spent quite a bit of time site-seeing around London. On my last trip, I took a train to the seaside town of Bournemouth to visit my cousin.
I live here. I’ve been to 30+ of the 50 states.
I spent a few days in Hanoi, visiting a company there. I spent quite bit of time in the tourist areas, and another day in the business district.