Where I've Been, Where I'd Like to Go

According to various "Where have you been" or "Countries visited" maps you can generate online, I have visited 14% of the countries on Earth. Hmmm... That number feels low, and yet it is deceptively high! The problem with these things is that they count having visited a city as having visited a country, and I don't, not really! I think to truly say you've visited a country you need to have moved around it a bit, met local people, breathed in the local culture (and if possible participated)... 

I had another map up with various colors for places I have lived, visited or want to visit, but it was embedded from the original website and I guess they went offline 'cause it disappeared! Anyhow, the most recent update (Dec.2016) has me at 50 countries! The map makes it look like more that it truly is, because just having visited Moscow for half a day shouldn't get me the whole of the biggest country on the planet all colored up! 😝

Cristina has been to: Antarctica, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Bahrain, Canada, Switzerland, Ivory Coast, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Algeria, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Morocco, Madagascar, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Thailand, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, Uzbekistan, Vatican. Get your own travel map from Matador Network.


  1. Wow, you've live in Saudi Arabia? I would absolutely love to here what that was like.

    1. Unfortunately I don't remember all that much as I lived there from ages 4 to 8! :p
      I have certain images glued in my mind of our house, compound, certain outings... As foreigners we lived in walled compounds of about 36 houses I believe. Behind the walls we could live as we pleased (shorts, tank tops, swimsuits in the pools), but outside everyone had to dress "respectably" (my mom had to wear long pants/skirts/dresses down to her heels, and sleeves that covered her wrists).
      Apparently the souks were amazing (my mom talks a lot about them), and my parents made some very good Saudi friends among my dad's co-workers. I think in general they enjoyed the experience!


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