“Some might say that sunshine follows thunder. Go and tell it to the man who cannot shine” – Noel Gallagher.
You might have read (or most likely might not, as nobody needs to care) how I am trying to whackpack my way to 200 real life countries before 30th March 2021 – it’s a huge challenge. If I do it, I will also have written at least one article (normally multiple, in Poland, England, Australia, Northern Ireland and China’s case – over 100 articles) per country. As a strong nationalist, separatist and peaceful idealist, I love the idea of more countries rather than less. I hate when a brace of countries blur into one. I don’t like dual currencied nations, nor borders without barriers, nor refusal to get passport stamps.
Hence why places like Uzupis, Podjistan and French Guyana will always be more real as countries to me than Germany, Slovakia or Belgium, a hat-trick all ‘enjoying’ the same currency and some kind of false wacaday wannabe left-winged freedom. Bulldog to that, I’m on a mission to a double century. In order, I tried to list every country I have been to that I personally recognise but it was tough. I think this is the correct list to go alongside these list:
1.Countries I visited the most times. (Australia for example is only on 3, third bottom!)
2.Countries I spent the most time in. (Australia for example is on 20 months, fifth top)
3.Countries I recognise (there are 629).
4.Countries I have been to by flag.
5.Places I have been to by country, city, region, village, settlement.
6.Countries I was so close to, but didn’t visit.
7.40 Craziest Countries I visited.
Here is the list of personally recognised countries or separate entities that I have been to:
2.Republic of Ireland
13.United States of America
56.Trinidad and Tobago
67.United Arab Emitrates
87.Turkey (including Kurdistan)
88.Iran (also including Kurdistan)
117.Vatican City State
131.Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
146.Republic of Srpska
153.Don’t Stop Living
155.Sovereign Military Order of Malta
I breathed air in these countries but uncounted them, airportly:
1.Kenya (airport landing)
2.Mauritania (airport landing)