I’ve Been Everywhere, Man

Okay, my title is fake news…I haven’t really been everywhere, but I have been to a lot of places. At last count, I’ve been to 29 countries and 45 states. Some were short stop-overs and some were long visits, but they all count on my map.

Some of the stop-overs were very short. On my way to the Desert Storm, we had a stop-over in Cairo, Egypt for a few hours. From the airplane, I was able to see what I thought were pyramids. It was kind of dark so I’m not 100% sure. Another short visit was when I was skiing and I accidentally flew off the hill and landed on a ledge that officially crossed from Germany to Switzerland. Later on, I visited Switzerland for a few days so there can be no argument that I really did visit the country and saw more than a rock ledge.

Most of my traveling was done while I was in the military. Prior to the military, the only other country I visited was Canada. As far as states go, I grew up in Wisconsin and had visited Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, and Florida. The military took me to Missouri for training, then Georgia for more training, then North Carolina for my first duty station.

While stationed in North Carolina, I had the chance to visit Honduras and Panama. As far as states, I covered most of the East Coast and the South. I traveled every chance I had, whether it was only for a weekend or on leave. Then came my orders for Germany where I did the most of my foreign traveling.

While stationed in Germany, I took trips to France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Andorra, Monaco, The United Kingdom (which included England and Scotland), Ireland, Greece, Denmark, Vatican City, Liechtenstein, and San Marino. Then came Desert Storm.

With Desert Storm, I visited Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq. Also during the military, I had stops in Iceland and Greenland but didn’t really get to see much other than the view from the airplane windows.

After the military, I had a chance to visit the Western half of the United States. In fact, the only states I’ve never been to are Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Vermont, and New Hampshire. These states are on my bucket list to visit before I get too old to visit.

As far as countries on my bucket list go, I would like to visit the rest of the countries in Central America that I missed. I would also like to see the islands of the Caribbean. Then I’d like to visit New Zealand and Australia. Any other place I get to see will just be a bonus.

Now an argument can be made that I’ve been to 30 countries according to a boss I once had. He often referred to Wisconsin as a third world country. He didn’t mean it in a bad way…I don’t think. He just liked to tease me about my accent and my love for the Packers…and cheese…and beer…and, well, you get the picture.

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