Freddy’s List of Countries

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People often ask where I’ve been so I started a list.  I tried to go through and add the dates of each visit since that kind of tells a story, too.

  1. USA
  2. Canada *
  3. Panama 1987
  4. Germany 1990
  5. Saudi Arabia 1991
  6. Italy 1991, 2014, 2016
  7. Vatican City or The Holy See 1991
  8. Mexico 1999, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  9. Ireland 2010, 2015
  10. Puerto Rico 2011
  11. Jordan 2011
  12. Israel 2011
  13. Palestinian Territories 2011
  14. Jamaica  2012
  15. Bahamas 2013, 2014, 2016
  16. Colombia 2013
  17. Haiti 2013
  18. Dominican Republic 2013, 2016
  19. Guatemala 2013
  20. Honduras 2013
  21. El Salvador 2013
  22. Spain 2014
  23. Andorra 2014
  24. France 2014, 2016
  25. Monaco 2014
  26. Switzerland 2014
  27. Liechtenstein 2014
  28. Austria 2014
  29. Netherlands 2014
  30. St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI)  2014
  31. Tortola, British Virgin Islands (BVI) 2014
  32. Northern Ireland 2015
  33. Isle of Man 2015
  34. Portugal 2015
  35. Madeira 2015
  36. Azores (layover on São Miguel Island and fuel stop on Santa Maria Island) 2015
  37. Guyana 2015
  38. Suriname 2015
  39. French Guiana 2015
  40. Trinidad 2016
  41. Tobago 2016
  42. Iceland 2016
  43. England 2016
  44. Finland 2016
  45. Lithuania 2016
  46. Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia) 2016
  47. Latvia 2016
  48. Poland 2016
  49. Wales 2016
  50. Bulgaria 2017

Micronations (Do they count?)

  1. Seborga 2014
  2. Saugeais 2014
  3. Užupis Republic 2016

Uncle Sam handled the immigration officials for my trips to Panama, Germany, and Saudi Arabia, so I didn’t need a passport until 1990.  I applied for my first one to travel to Italy in 1991 to visit some friends.  The only other stamp in that first passport was a business trip to Mexico.  The company I worked for at the time had suppliers in Mexico and it was considered a hardship to visit them, especially the maquiladora sites along the Texas border.  The traveler in me, however, compelled me to volunteer for every trip possible.  I loved it, right down to the border crossings to Reynosa, Juárez, Matamoros, and Acuña.

The time gap from 1991 to 2010 is a story as well.  That period matches the arrival of my children and a financial crunch caused by my first marriage that prevented me from traveling the way I dreamed.  I did keep my passport current but it remained unused.  When Facebook entered my consciousness, I lived vicariously through trips my friends posted.

Then, it all changed when Bella and I started dating.  She is the consummate traveler and already had plans for Ireland when we got together.  That’s the only stamp in my second passport.  It expired in February of 2011.

Now I’m living my dreams and my passport is filling up.

~Freddy

*We live in the Metro Detroit area, which includes Windsor.  I have crossed into Canada so many times I’ve lost count.  I remember crossing before passports were required.  Additionally, I essentially lived in Toronto for two years on a work assignment.

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Freddy

I’m an engineer, a veteran, and an avid traveler. I agree with Robert Louis Stevenson – “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

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