I’m celebrating today, feel free to join me. Why the celebration? I hit a big milestone that I’m excited about…. Drumroll please…. 50 Countries! My tally of places I’ve seen is somewhere between a fifth and a quarter of all the countries in the world, depending on which method you use to count. (The number is contested: you could say there are 195 according to the UN, or you could go with the Olympic committee that recognizes 206, or the ISO Standard list that has every (current) overseas territory listed separately and say 249.) I guess I need to go with the largest number since I have places like Greenland and Gibraltar in my count despite them technically being part of another country. Either way you slice it, I’ve been a lot of places but I have waaaay more to look forward to!
One thing that I’m most immediately looking forward to is seeing more of Colombia, where I am currently. I’ve now had 2 full days here and I’m hooked. The city of Cartagena is the perfect mix of Caribbean and Latin flair with stunning colonial buildings painted vibrant colours in the old walled city, and modern skyscrapers like in Miami or Vancouver to contrast and add interest to the skyline.
Lots more to come from my time here in another post. Stay tuned!