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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:45 pm

JimBentley wrote:To further confuse this issue with a densely-worded and ridiculously over-punctuated post that is sort of something vaguely related to the matter, I've driven through loads of towns and cities and villages and shit (inevitable when driving through some of them (not that I'd say which)) and I consider that I've "been" to them. Getting out of the car for ten minutes wouldn't make any difference, because what are you going to do in ten minutes that you can't already do while driving the (possibly more than) ten minutes of driving through them? I've never been to Wells Cathedral, for instance, but I've driven through Wells a few times. So have I "been to" Wells? Yes.

Or no.
I think this is a good point because if you're driving through somewhere, you can still see a lot of the place and take in the sights etc.

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by JimBentley » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:44 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:I think this is a good point because if you're driving through somewhere, you can still see a lot of the place and take in the sights etc.
As another f'instance, I've probably driven through (or been driven through) Liverpool more than a hundred times but the only time I got out of the car was to have a meal in a Chinese restaurant for some sort of family celebration or other. So does that count more than actually driving through Liverpool (which is pretty much impossible to do without seeing all the big landmarks, and takes a lot longer than ten minutes)?

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by sean d » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:06 am

24: Netherlands, and indeed Holland. Dundalk in the Europa League group stages getting a drawwith ten men away to a decent AZ Alkmaar side :D
Alkmaar's a beautiful little city, surprised it's not more of a tourist destination

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:02 pm

Anyone fancy a trip here?

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:07 pm

Jennifer Steadman wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:29 pm
Chronologically: UK [England], France, Spain (loads of islands), Cyprus, USA, [Wales], Italy, UAE (airport transfers), China, Croatia, Vatican City, [Northern Ireland], [Scotland], Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Ireland, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina*, Montenegro*, Albania* (bus station stopover, out of the bus for like 15-20 mins and made a blog proving I was there), Kosovo*, Macedonia*, Greece*, Bulgaria*, Lithuania*, Latvia*, Estonia*, Finland*, Denmark*, Sweden*, Norway*, Malta.

Countries starred are ones I've been through all on my lonesome!! #StrongIndependentWhiteWomanWhoDontNeedNoTravelCompanions
+ Slovakia, Luxembourg*, Iceland

Up to 37 now (only 13 more European countries to go). Anyone else want to update their numbers?
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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Thomas Carey » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:58 am

Jennifer Steadman wrote: ↑
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:07 pm
Anyone else want to update their numbers?
Sure, why not

Thomas Carey wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:28 pm
I want to go to the USA mainly, but that's to meet some mates, not really for the country (though I'm sure it'd be interesting)
This finally happened :D . +USA 4/51 (Maine <3, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, and also New Jersey (bus, twice) and New Hampshire (train) without leaving the vehicle which apparently doesn't count)

I think this puts me at 13
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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Mark James » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:00 pm

Played in a football tournament earlier in the year. The team flew in to Cologne, got a bus to Maastricht to our accommodation and then travelled by taxi to Millen in Belgium for the tournament. A great weekend (Maastricht is amazing BTW, highly recommended) but two of those countries were already on the list so just an addition of Belgium for me.

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Matt Morrison » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:09 pm

canada soon

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:33 pm

Mexico soon

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Matt Morrison » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:40 pm

f1?

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:33 am

Yep.

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Thomas Cappleman » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:06 pm

Thomas Cappleman wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:35 pm
UK (3), Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Vatican City, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece, UAE (transfers only), Japan, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, USA for 20 total. No new ones planned for this year yet - may fill in one of the holes in Western Europe
Added Ireland and India, and will add Austria and Slovenia in a couple of weeks for 24 total.

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Ian Volante » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:59 am

Slovakia and Austria to the list this week.
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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:25 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote: ↑
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Mexico soon
I hope this is still on anyway. Obviously my first thoughts should be with the people in Mexico suffering in all this, rather than wondering whether my trip is going to be affected!

It's weird how slow the news was with this. Last night, the BBC reported that there had been an earthquake and that a building had partially collapsed in Mexico City (something along those lines anyway). Yeah, I think it was a bit more than that, guys.

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Thomas Cappleman » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:13 am

Thomas Cappleman wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:06 pm
Thomas Cappleman wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:35 pm
UK (3), Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Vatican City, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece, UAE (transfers only), Japan, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, USA for 20 total. No new ones planned for this year yet - may fill in one of the holes in Western Europe
Added Ireland and India, and will add Austria and Slovenia in a couple of weeks for 24 total.
Done, and thoroughly recommend

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Stewart Gordon » Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:40 pm

Not quite at the bottom of the list with 6/197 (3/4):
United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Republic of Ireland, Belgium (purely by the 10-minute rule), Finland (England, Scotland, Wales)

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Stewart Gordon » Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:50 pm

Graeme Cole wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:32 pm
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
James Laverty wrote:Vatican City (dubious if this is counted)
OF COURSE THIS COUNTS.
Wait what? That's a sovereign state that's a member of the UN in its own right?

I went there while I was in Rome. So 9.
Vatican City is one of the two sovereign states that aren't UN members - the other being Taiwan. At least, I'm not sure whether the other two Sporcle countries that aren't UN members (Kosovo and Palestine) count as sovereign states.

That said, are some of these actually UN members, albeit in some other country's right rather than their own?

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Tom S » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:54 pm

Am only at a solid 4: Cyprus, France, The Netherlands, Spain. However, if the Balearics were to be classed in some imaginary world as a country, then it would be raised to a more well-travelled 7 :)

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:30 pm

Tom S wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:54 pm
Am only at a solid 4: Cyprus, France, The Netherlands, Spain. However, if the Balearics were to be classed in some imaginary world as a country, then it would be raised to a more well-travelled 7 :)
Have you never been to the UK?
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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Tom S » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:10 am

Yes, just happen to reside there :) . Silly error of mine. You can add Scotland and Wales to the mix, too.

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:07 am

I'm in Mexico right now, so that can go on my list.

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:11 am

UK (all 4), France, Greece, Italy, Vatican City, Belgium, Ireland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, USA, Singapore, Mexico. I make that 15.

US states - Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Connecticut (stopped there briefly), Illinois (connecting flight), Texas, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, West Virginia (sort of - drove through without stopping, but I'm counting it by the Jim rule), Ohio, Indiana (pretty sure we stopped), Missouri, Colorado. Also 15.

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Conor » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:57 pm

Conor wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:18 pm
UK*, Ireland*, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands*, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Czech Rep, Poland, Serbia, Hungary*, Slovakia, America. I have lived in the countries marked *
I can now add Croatia, Bosnia, Brazil, Italy and Greece to the above.

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:50 pm

Yearly update time: now up to 41 (+ Monaco, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine). Anyone want to update?
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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Thomas Cappleman » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:52 pm

Denmark and Sweden done, and should be adding Israel and Palestine in a month.

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:55 pm

Thomas Cappleman wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:52 pm
Israel and Palestine
Spicy.
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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Thomas Carey » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:54 pm

Add the Vatican for me
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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Graeme Cole » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:45 pm

I wonder if anyone's been to the Vatican City but not to Italy?

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Thomas Carey » Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:38 am

Graeme Cole wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:45 pm
I wonder if anyone's been to the Vatican City but not to Italy?
Maybe someone who got airlifted in and out for a big popey thing, but I doubt it

Feels annoying to have been to Italy for the second time, and still not 'completed' it in terms of countries because San Marino
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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:01 am

Thomas Carey wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:38 am
Feels annoying to have been to Italy for the second time, and still not 'completed' it in terms of countries because San Marino
Yep. San Marino can get dicked.
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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Ian Volante » Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:57 am

Graeme Cole wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:45 pm
I wonder if anyone's been to the Vatican City but not to Italy?
Yes, but I've never been to me.
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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Edward McCullagh » Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:11 pm

33 - UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Andorra, USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, Czechia, Netherlands, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Estonia, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Croatia, Montenegro, Morocco, Greece, Belgium, Norway, Slovenia, Iceland, Malta, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania.

And Cuba in January.

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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Post by Norm » Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:45 pm

Jennifer Steadman wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:50 pm
Yearly update time: now up to 41 (+ Monaco, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine). Anyone want to update?
Just in case you were getting excited that you're catching up, I have a few to add..
Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Chile, Argentina, Ghana, Philippines.
I make that 54.

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