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Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:45 pm
by Gavin Chipper
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.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:44 pm
by JimBentley
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)?

Re: How many countries have you been to?

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

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:02 pm
by Gavin Chipper
Anyone fancy a trip here?

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:07 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
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?

Re: How many countries have you been to?

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

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:00 pm
by Mark James
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.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:09 pm
by Matt Morrison
canada soon

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:33 pm
by Gavin Chipper
Mexico soon

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:40 pm
by Matt Morrison
f1?

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:33 am
by Gavin Chipper
Yep.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:06 pm
by Thomas Cappleman
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.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:59 am
by Ian Volante
Slovakia and Austria to the list this week.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:25 pm
by Gavin Chipper
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:33 pm
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.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

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

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:40 pm
by Stewart Gordon
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)

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:50 pm
by Stewart Gordon
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?

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:54 pm
by Tom S
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 :)

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:30 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
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?

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:10 am
by Tom S
Yes, just happen to reside there :) . Silly error of mine. You can add Scotland and Wales to the mix, too.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:07 am
by Gavin Chipper
I'm in Mexico right now, so that can go on my list.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:11 am
by Gavin Chipper
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.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:57 pm
by Conor
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.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:50 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
Yearly update time: now up to 41 (+ Monaco*, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine). Anyone want to update?

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:52 pm
by Thomas Cappleman
Denmark and Sweden done, and should be adding Israel and Palestine in a month.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:55 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
Thomas Cappleman wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:52 pm
Israel and Palestine
Spicy.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:54 pm
by Thomas Carey
Add the Vatican for me

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:45 pm
by Graeme Cole
I wonder if anyone's been to the Vatican City but not to Italy?

Re: How many countries have you been to?

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

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:01 am
by Jennifer Steadman
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.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:57 am
by Ian Volante
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.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:11 pm
by Edward McCullagh
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.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:45 pm
by Norm
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.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:55 am
by sean d
25 Turkey, just passing thru, sadly
26 Israel with work, interesting few days in Tel Aviv mainly, but a trip to the Dead Sea meant....
27 Palestine and adds Palestine to the exclusive list of "countries I've been to without realising I've been to", a list which currently consists of Palestine. That mini-trip adds Jordan to the list of countries I've seen but not actually visited which consists of Jordan, Albania and Switzerland- I'm not counting countries seen from the air cos that would be obscene.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:30 pm
by Thomas Cappleman
sean d wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:55 am
25 Turkey, just passing thru, sadly
26 Israel with work, interesting few days in Tel Aviv mainly, but a trip to the Dead Sea meant....
27 Palestine and adds Palestine to the exclusive list of "countries I've been to without realising I've been to", a list which currently consists of Palestine. That mini-trip adds Jordan to the list of countries I've seen but not actually visited which consists of Jordan, Albania and Switzerland- I'm not counting countries seen from the air cos that would be obscene.
Similarly 27 Israel and 28 Palestine (and having travelled further north, an add Jordan, Lebanon and Syria to countries I've seen but not been to)

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:52 pm
by sean d
Looks like I miscounted my first post- that had 23 countries not 22, so I'm up to 28. Dundalk are back in the Champions League qualifiers in summer 2019 so here's hoping for Scandinavia or the Baltics!

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:11 am
by Jennifer Steadman
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
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.
I take this back and apologise unreservedly to the fine state of San Marino. A perfect microstate.

(Still lagging behind Norm, but +4 of Switzerland*, Liechtenstein*, Slovenia* and San Marino* to take me to 45.)

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:52 pm
by sean d
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:11 am
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
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.
I take this back and apologise unreservedly to the fine state of San Marino. A perfect microstate.

(Still lagging behind Norm, but +4 of Switzerland*, Liechtenstein*, Slovenia* and San Marino* to take me to 45.)
Excellent commitment to the cause Jen, picking up the micronations! :D

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:25 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
sean d wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:52 pm
Excellent commitment to the cause Jen, picking up the micronations! :D
It's definitely commitment going to bloody Liechtenstein. I've seen plankton with more personality and purpose.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:53 pm
by Marc Meakin
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:25 pm
sean d wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:52 pm
Excellent commitment to the cause Jen, picking up the micronations! :D
It's definitely commitment going to bloody Liechtenstein. I've seen plankton with more personality and purpose.
Racist 😁

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:59 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:53 pm
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:25 pm
sean d wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:52 pm
Excellent commitment to the cause Jen, picking up the micronations! :D
It's definitely commitment going to bloody Liechtenstein. I've seen plankton with more personality and purpose.
Racist 😁
*xenophobe ;)

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:50 pm
by Marc Meakin
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:59 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:53 pm
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:25 pm


It's definitely commitment going to bloody Liechtenstein. I've seen plankton with more personality and purpose.
Racist 😁
*xenophobe ;)
Good topic for a debate , the difference between being a racist or a xenophobe.
If you had said , say , Zimbabwe instead of Lichtenstein
would it be racist or xenophobic ?

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:12 pm
by Gavin Chipper
Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:50 pm
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:59 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:53 pm


Racist 😁
*xenophobe ;)
Good topic for a debate , the difference between being a racist or a xenophobe.
If you had said , say , Zimbabwe instead of Lichtenstein
would it be racist or xenophobic ?
I don't think there is a clear-cut difference. There aren't really separate "races" of people anyway. But basically if you mock/diss/whatever people from a country where the people look a bit different from you it's seen as racist.

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:11 pm
by Ashton Hancock
Turkey
Spain
England
Wales

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:32 pm
by Phil H
UK
France
Ireland
Spain
Greece
Italy
Kenya
USA
The Netherlands
Germany
Portugal
Cote d'Ivoire

Fuck, is that all?

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:09 pm
by Fiona T
Not counting countries where I never got beyond the airport...

UK
Iceland
France
Spain
Italy
Germany
Croatia (or Yugoslavia as it was when I went)
Czech Republic
Hungary
Switzerland
Netherlands
Belgium
Denmark
Malta
Egypt
South Africa
Peru
Cuba
Australia
India

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:20 pm
by Cathy Summerside
Ooh, I just noticed there's a leader board! So, on the basis that I'll never get into the top 3 on any other Countdown scoreboard, I offer mine:

UK (4/4), Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Vatican City, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands, Montenegro, Croatia, Austria, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland, Turkey, Malta, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, Bahamas, China, Singapore, Indonesia, India (I make that 38). Before Co:MK I will have added Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia (provided everything goes according to plan) bringing the total to 42.

Perhaps there should be an age-related handicap - I have been on this planet at least twice as long as most of you. :D

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:51 pm
by Conor
UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Czech Rep, Poland, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, America, Croatia, Bosnia, Brazil, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and Russia now. Iceland shortly and at least Japan later in the year.

US states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Florida, California and Nevada (plus Washington D.C.)