As of November 2019, the map of the countries that I’ve been to looks like this:
Where I have been
- The Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- Myanmar (Burma)
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
- The Philippines
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- The United States
- Vatican City
These are the itineraries that I have done as an adult
2013: Helsinki – Tallinn – Kuressaare – Tartu – Riga (+Sigulda – Cesis) – Nida – Vilnius – Warsaw – Lublin – Krakow – Wroclaw – Dresden – Bamberg – Nuremberg – Cologne (+ Trier) – Utrecht – Amsterdam – Antwerp – Brussels (+Ghent) – Berlin – Poznan – Gniezno – Torun – Gdansk (2) – Turku – Jyväskylä – Tampere – Frankfurt
2013/14: Auckland (+Whangarei – Paihia – Kerikeri – Cape Reinga – Ahipara) – Rotorua – Taupo – Napier – Wellington – Kaikoura – Christchurch (+Akaroa) – Oamaru – Dunedin – Curio Bay – Stewart Island – Invercargill – Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown – Wanaka – Fox Glacier – Franz Josef – Hokitika – Punakaiki
2014: Shanghai, Siem Reap
2015: Malacca, Bangkok
I would love to paint the entire map but that is going to take some time and a lot of money. I would also like to return to a few of the countries I’ve already been to, such as England, Latvia, the United States and Germany, to see different cities and re-visit friends in familiar ones.
Many people are guilty of putting off visits to neighbouring sights in favour of faraway destinations. As you can see, I’m one of them. After all, Europe is as exotic to me as Asia is to someone from the old world.
I know I will go to Cambodia and Myanmar and revisit Indonesia, where all the ancient sites that I studied in art history class are. Hopefully, it’ll happen before my legs give way or I get sick of flying. 2 January 2018: I can now say that I’ve seen Angkor, Borobudur, Prambanan and Bagan.