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My travels so far

I have been lucky enough to visit 56 countries (plus UK) across 5 continents.
Here's my summary
Nov 2014 USA Miami-New York
Jun 2014 Lithuania, Estonia, Finland & Sweden
Mar 2014 Belfast & Dublin
Nov 2013 Paris, Berlin & Wroclaw
Sep 2013 Hungary, Croatia cruising & Italy
Sep-Dec 2011 Munich to Chiang Mai overland
July 2011 Copenhagen to Gothenburg
Dec 2010 Marrakesh-Porto
Sep 2010 Riga-Krakow
Dec 2009-Mar 2010 Ushuaia to Bogota overland
Feb/Mar 2009 Luang Prabang to Singapore
Nov 2008 Manila & Puerto Galera
Sep 2007 Hong Kong &Taipei
Jul 2007 Odessa & Chisinau
Feb 2007 Torun, Gdansk & Malbork
Jun 2006 San Antonio, Austin, South Padre
Mar 2006 Mediterranean/Adriatic Preamble
Feb 2005 Vienna & Bratislava
Sep 2004 Lake Bohinj & Plitvice Lakes
May 2003 Prague to Moscow
Nov 2002 First steps (Paris,Barcelona,Seville,Marrakesh,Prague,Budapest)

South America coming soon!

Favourite cities

It is never easy to choose your stand out destinations . Sometimes it's a special place because of the people you meet or the atmosphere you get. Other times the sights and sounds are important. Personally I really enjoy places where it is so different and culturally rich from what you are used to.

In no particular order here are my gems.
Lviv, Ukraine
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Rep
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Florence, Italy
Torun, Poland
Cusco, Peru
Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
El Calafate, Argentina
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hong Kong, PRC
Dali, China
Luang Prabang, Laos

My mini phrase book

When I travel, I try to learn at least some survival language rather than rely on English
The two essentials have to be "thank you " and "cheers" because tourists should always be polite and they should all be able to toast!
Here is the list of languages I have "mastered"
French : Merci/Sante
Spanish : Gracias/Salud
German : Danke/Prost
Italian : Grazi/Salute
Arabic : Bislama/Shrokran
Russian : Spasiba/ Na zd'rovye
Bulgarian : Blagodaria/Na zdrave
Romanian : Multumesc/Noroc
Hungarian : Koszonom/Egeszsegedre
Chinese : Xie xie/Ganbei
Tagalog : Salamat/Mabuhay

My far flung travels

Furthest North 57.7N
Furthest South54.48S
Furthest West 98.30W
Furthest East 121.61E

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    Jul 1, 2014 at 3:51 AM

    Congratulations on your selection in the VT member spotlight for june. It is a very vivid and impressive photo of Budapest - and the "blueness" of it matches your member name,

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    Jul 1, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    Hello George, Congratulations on becoming the VT spotlight for June, keep up the good work!!

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    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Found you in the Spotlight. Congratulations! My, you DO get around! Looks like some good reading here. Thank you for all you contribute.

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    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Congratulations George, on being a Spotlight Member for June!

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    Jun 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    The photo of Budapest on the June member spotlight page is stunning. Will definitely be checking out your pages and pictures!

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    Jun 26, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Congratulations on being in the member spotlight for June George

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    Jun 18, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Hi George. Congratulations on being one of the spotlight members!
    Greetings from Belgium, Jessika

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    Jun 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Congratulations on being featured in the latest VT Member Spotlight.

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    Feb 10, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Happy Birthday, I hope you had a great day:)

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    Feb 9, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

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