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7th January 2019
Jagdish Temple

Cohesion in Chaos
I have shied away from India so far as I fear the chaos of crowds, poverty and the potentials that may bring. We love remote but also different. But since my time on Travelblog I am drawn by the smells and portraits of India and feel I may be remiss to miss out. Your blog captures the essence so well Nanci. This great pic reminds me also that if we visit India it cannot be a brief sojourn as there is so much to see.
8th January 2019
Jagdish Temple

Chaos...
All of those things exist here...in abundance. However, there is a spirit in India that is unique. You won't find it anywhere else. Once you get past the things you mention, magic overtakes you that will change you more than any other place you have been. It is not any worse than China (which I remember you like) or any place in SE Asia. Plus the food is waaaaay better. You don't need a guide either. It may be time to take the plunge, Dave. Thanks for reading and commenting!
6th January 2019

You said it. India is definately a cohesión of chaos! It was nice reliving my Mumbai and Udaipur experiences through your blog. And of course some fantastic photos. Happy New Year!
2nd January 2019
Carnevale

Carnevale photo
That is an absolutely sensational photo. Well done!
29th December 2018

No regrets
You say, "As everyone who travels knows, it is not where you have been, but rather where you are going." I like that Nanci but my take is, "It is not where you have been, but rather where your memories keep returning." I gave up counting when our children had passed our countries visited and disappeared into the distance! We have not added to the score by visiting any of the numerous countries in Europe. But we have travelled through Ethiopia north and south and in between...my number 1 recommendation of the dark continent. And we drank coffee in places an airport stopover could not imagine. Sometimes where you are going must be to return. May I recommend Ethiopia...a true jewel of Africa.
29th December 2018

Regrets...
A wealthy man is one who can fill the rest of his life with happy memories! We would have loved to have travelled longer in Ethiopia. Perhaps one day, but for now we must move on. I don't know if our children have picked up the travel bug as bad as we have it, but hopefully one day. Thanks for reading, Dave! Happy Holidays!
26th December 2018

A very insightful blog...
bragging without appearing to brag! Most travelers do brag in subtle ways. I'm not about to pay $75/yr to join the TCC which lists as a benefit bragging rights. And as to what qualifies as to a visit is a never ending discussion. For me it is physically touching the ground, but I recognize that I have not gotten to know the country at all. I like your approach to visiting countries for a longer period of time. As for what defines a country, I used the list provided at the TB website, which I hope Ali brings back.
26th December 2018

Bragging...
If we had spent as much of our life as you have travelling the world, then we would probably have something to brag about! I know you are getting close to the century mark. I don't think we would pay money to brag either. Probably like everything else in life, nobody really cares anyway (except yourself and close family). I also hope TB gets back to normal. It has become part of our lives and we enjoy it and hate to see it fall apart. Thanks for writing and Happy Holidays to you and your wife!
25th December 2018

What counts?
I'm with you about how to count countries, and can get a bit smug about it. But what counts?My mother was born in Denmark, so I visited several countries in Europe when I was very young. Is it fair to count Sweden when I remember nothing about it except the ferry ride from Copenhagen? I got turned off the counting part when I met a guy who counted a country as visited when he had only changed planes there. And then it came to me that even if I had visited a place before, it is still a new experience. I'm not the same person I was, and countries and cities go through changes as well. Under that criteria it's a new country. So I've been a few places, but not enough, and I hope to keep moving and traveling and experiencing this big, crazy, beautiful world.
25th December 2018

Counts..
I suppose you can count however you want. We generally don't count countries unless we leave the airport, but that's only how we do it. I suppose if someone has only been to Disney World, then they could count the US, but it doesn't seem like you really saw the country. We have found that no matter how far you travel, there is always something just past where we went that probably warrants a trip back. So I suppose we will never be done. It is a big world and even though our count is high, we still have only scratched the surface of all there is to see. Thanks for commenting and Happy Holidays. Keep on travelling!
24th December 2018

The beauty of stimulating your imagination
I love getting up in the mornings with a cup of coffee to read your blogs. They are thoughtful and pose meaningful questions.Congratulations on 50 countries! It does set you a part. I'm not sure any of us start out to count the number of countries we have been to but one day you think, huh, I've been to a lot of places... and it begins. Once you count you are pleasantly surprised and feel like a world traveler. We do not dwell on the number because we truly want the experiences. We don't rush but don't spend a month per country the way you generally do. We all have our own style. As for counting we use The Travel Camel method... you must leave the airport or train station and make a purchase of some kind. There is a group called Travelers Century Club for people who have been to 100 or more countries. They do have a provisional membership for people who have been to 75 countries... but I believe they just changed provisional membership to 50 countries so you would qualify. They have an odd way of counting... they count if you have landed in a country and never got off the airplane. Plus they count countries and territories. If the land mass is 200 miles from the country so the numbers can add up quickly.. example Alaska and Hawaii are counted separately from mainland USA.
24th December 2018

Imagination...
Thank you for the nice compliment! We both travelled quite a bit before we started on Travelblog. I was on a ship for quite some time and saw a lot of places doing that. I don't think either of us has been to 100 though. With the way we prefer to travel now(longer times in each country), I doubt we'll make it. I guess we could go faster, but our experience in Addis Ababa really took a toll. We followed it up with another crazy flight the next day and we are both exhausted. Oh, to be young again! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. It really makes us feel like it was worth it. Happy Holidays to you and Dave!
17th December 2018
Boulder Beach Penguins

Great happiness
They are so dang cute.
18th December 2018
Boulder Beach Penguins

Happiness....
They do have human characteristics. This one reminds me of some boy bands I have seen.
17th December 2018

Cape Town
Good to see you in South Africa. We loved our recent time there. So sorry to hear about your unhappy encounter. So much to see and enjoy. Rich in history. We loved the district 6 museum. I wish you could have gone to Hermanus. Maybe another time. You saw a lot of the local area. Great penguin photos.
18th December 2018

Cape Town...
I can see why you would have a good time here. It really is a stunning setting and the weather has been perfect. I wish we could have experienced it more like you guys did. We definitely could have used a little more lux. Maybe someday....Thanks for reading!
21st November 2018
Dubai Mall

I recognise that photo...
Wait a minute! We have an identical photo in our blog! It is one of those places where when you see the photo op you can't get it wrong. Nice to read your blog. It made me remember how it was in Dubai. Bringing back some great memories. /Ake
25th November 2018
Dubai Mall

Identical...
It is a popular photo in a popular mall, for sure! I never would have thought I would be taking photos inside a mall but the Dubai Mall is such a tourist attraction that I guess it deserves at least one. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Ake!
18th November 2018
Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai
What a great addition to our 'Follow that Road' thread in the Photography Forum...one of your best
25th November 2018
Downtown Dubai

Downtown...
Thank you, Dave! That is a nice compliment. I have seen this picture many times and it has been done to death, but it is one of those "must have for myself" shots. The night was beautiful and we had our perch at the Shangri-la Hotel to ourselves. Really exciting to see the lights come up in the city. One of those times where you're glad you put in the effort.
17th November 2018

I'm pretty sure Dubai will be nothing more than a layover for me, as the extravagance and opulence is a sheer turn off, but I can appreciate some of the things you did and saw, closer to my budget level. Maybe, just maybe thanks to your blog, I'll give it a go.
25th November 2018

Opulence...
Dubai is kind of like Vegas. You either like it or you don't. The jury is still out for us. There are some crazy things to see, but somehow it lacks something that makes it not one of our more memorable stops. If you do only have a short time, it is really easy to get from the airport to the must see places on the subway. Literally just a few minutes. That being said, if you miss it I wouldn't sweat it. Thanks so much for commenting, Andrea. We have really enjoyed your recent blogs on Spain and Morocco. Seriously some of the best on Travelblog!
27th October 2018

Frugal budget
Your philosophy of living for experiences instead of souvenirs is what we prefer. We only buy refrigerator magnets most of the time. Which has caused lots of questions when we come back into the country as they think we should have spent more since we were gone for a while. Your transportation sounds like it was worth it for the month. We have friends who have told us how expensive that part of the world is. They complained about the price of a glass of wine and they generally don't complain about cost. It sounds like you had a wonderful time even though you experienced a bit of poverty. We will get there some day. Guess we'd better save up for that trip.
27th October 2018

Frugal...
We came back from 22 months in Europe and didn't declare anything. The customs people really did not believe us either. We do send postcards to people (are we old?) and of course, take pictures. Oslo was expensive for us but mostly because of our budget now. I would like to take a longer trip in the area sometime when we can be a little freer with money. It really is one of the nicest places we have been. The transit pass was the best thing ever. We literally rode every route in the city. I don't think we have covered any city in Europe more. Thanks for reading and commenting. We are enjoying your Africa adventures!

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