45 down 5 more to go……….

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Last year I mentioned that I would like to visit 50 countries before I turn 40. Which given my love of travel should be easy…..

WELL….. I keep going to the same places! So it’s proving to be much harder then I thought.

Upcoming travels include a quick stop in Paris to visit with friends. Drinks, dinner, lunch, sure why not stop in Paris? Meeting up with my friend John, who will be there for work. And Bruce and Will who are heading over for the French Open. Funny enough dates/times got lost in translation so instead of 2 days, it’s just going to be an afternoon. But for those of you who know Bruce, you know it was not me that messed up the dates……. (Still looking forward to seeing you Pal………)

So after my quick jaunt to Paris, I am heading over to Italy. To help with my country quest, I am planning on visiting San Marino. Officially the Republic of San Marino. It’s completely enclosed by Italy.  It’s one of the smallest countries in the world. Should be interesting to visit.

Next trip is to Nice, France for my birthday, including a side trip to Monaco. Oh…. I just smell the lavender now…..

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So that just leaves me with 3 countries to go………

Seychelles? Hungary? Poland? Maldives? Malaysia? Vietnam? Cambodia? Luxembourg? Columbia? Burma? Costa Rica?

Well at least I am inching closer. My travel plans are all over the map, literally, so who knows where 48, 49, and 50 might just be. While I hope to make 50 before 40, if it does not happen that would be okay. Because I am sure I’ll have great memories of revisiting the same places for whatever reason that drew me back there. Like a possible visit to the European Christmas Markets in December (Yes, Sheila, that would be with you).

But I know this, I am sure I’ll have a blast researching and trying to figure it out……..

Where would you go?

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Australia- April 2015

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I should start this post with saying that I realize I am truly blessed to be able to travel the world the way that I do. I thank God for every opportunity and for keeping me safe while I am on my adventures. BUT sometimes my trips do not go as planned, this trip being one of them. It was just a series of unfortunate events. The worse part, Sam Smith having to cancel his concert in Melbourne due to illness.

There were good parts, like beautiful sunrise/sunset in Cairns. An amazing view from my hotel room in Sydney. Hearing the Sydney Symphony Orchestra play in the Sydney Opera House. And watching an Aussie Rules Football game.

But ultimately, what I remember from this trip is that fact that Sam was sick. I know know get over it, I was in Australia.

Here are some pictures….. of course none of Sam.

Sunrise and Sunset in Cairns

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The amazing view from my hotel room…… Park Hyatt Sydney and requisite selfie in front of the Opera House

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Inside the Sydney Opera House.. where I heard Josh Pkye, perform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Not quite Sam, but quite enjoyable.

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Carlton vs. Collingwood Football in Melbourne

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With Hulk Hogan……. but no Sam…..

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I heard that Sam maybe be rescheduling his tour dates for Australia in December. I just might have to redo this trip……