Archive for the ‘the middle east’ Category

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…how many countries have you yet to collect? Many of us tend to go back to the same places. You may have your reasons; show your new boyfriend a happy summer memory-a friend wants to go there and no other place if gonna get her on your single vacation this year-truly the best music festival ever-you do not have time to research so it better to go with what you know-did not have the time to finish the to do-list last time-or, simply loving the place, but it will never get you into the club 100. Reading a travel magazine I discover that a lot of us seem to be either poor or nostalgic because the majority has only visited 11-20 countries and only a few can count to more than 30 countries in our passport.

I have been to the following countries:
1. Sweden (resident at the moment)
2. Norway (been there but not done the fab fjords)
3. Finland (Had a boyfriend there…and he had a sauna in the apartment!)

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4. Denmark (Been only in the relaxed capital, great art museum Louisiana and on the highway to the alps… Nice sandy beaches, I have heared.

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5. France (Love Paris! but the Cote d’azur, Nice and Saint Tropez and countryside is pure beauty. Did windsurfing camp for beginners in The Med. Wintersport with UCPA too)
6. Germany
(Visit historical landmarks and a country town but not fantastic Berlin – yet!)
7. Estonia (Lived there and capital Talinn is world heritage fabulous)
8. Latvia (Riga is beautiful. Have friends to visit there now)

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9. Thailand (Bangkok is nice, islands beautiful but a bit dirty, met great backpackers, food is asume, good place for affordable yoga retreat)
10. Qatar (only the airport)
11. Italy (Rimini is a faded beauty – Grand hotel there serves the best dinner experience, Bergamo so nice and relaxing, Milano hot in every sense)
12. The Netherlands (Boyfriend studied there, beautiful canals and houses in Amsterdam but wierd with weed… Missed the big flower show!)
13. Belgium (EU render Bruxelles a cosmopolite feel that suits the power houses from older eras)
15. San Marino (Nothing really to see but nice to walk around)
16. England (Just love the Brittish, brick houses, pubs and scenic coast. Skip the kidney pie and go for afternoon tea, scones, jam and clotted cream with brewed hot tea)
17. USA (LA is supernice, good food and great weather, take highway 1 along the coast, stop to taste wine and do visit up north: I lived one month in the Indian reservation Warm springs – beautiful nature and friendly people)

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20. Romania (What a wedding! Much more than Dracula’s castle to see. Next time: Taste wine at Jedvi Castle!)
21. Russia (St Petersburg and the tzar summer palace Peterhof is fantastic, the Hermitage too but do get a guide here because it is huge. Big social gaps and high criminality, even the police use to be corrupt!)
22. The Czeck republic (Prag – amazing what EU money could do to restore this gem.)
23. Poland (My family had friends there under the glasnost era. Great crystal champagne glases bought there when everything was so cheap we could invite our friends to dinner and pay for eight with just the same as 20 Euro today)
24. Greece (Great food and nice islands but what about their economic moral…)
25. Turkey (Food as good as above, but more ancient hot spots to reach easy from the tourist areas. Bodrum is the stylish European Turkey, white washed beaty. Do experience the luxury of a classic hamam!)
26. Tunisia (I just say harissa, that is hot! I visited the colloseum used in the film Gladiator.
27. Egypt (Hurghada has a marine national park that tops everything. Do go snorkling here. Buy some perfume too)
28. I think I have forgotten one or two… Like Cyprus! (First time on charter with mom. Last time when studying greek drama; Three faces of a voman – Medea, Antigone and Lysistrate)
29. And Irland (During the IT boom it sure was fun to be young in Dublin and what it looked like on my visit good to be at the Google p(l)ay list to. Must do: Guiness brewery museum for learning and eating the flavoury beer stew in the restaurant)
30. Monaco! (Best salmon tatar ever with french fries on the side, at the summer casino)

Miss Travel