I never realized how much fun traveling can be.. exciting… mind-bending.. enlightening..
I worked for almost 30 years as an electrician in the USA, mostly in Colorado, but all over really.. I did what most employed people in the States do.. I worked for a whole year waiting to accrue that coveted week-long (sometimes 2) reprieve and get out and go somewhere on vacation. These trips could be as far as the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada or as close as the next city. Anything and anywhere as long as I was not at work..
Then an amazing thing happened.. I decided to broaden my horizons.. I decided to take a chance. I decided to explore. Damn the economy..full speed ahead..
I applied for and was hired by a contract company doing maintenance work overseas..at US Embassies, of all places, with a 2 year contract that could be extended up to 2 more years before you have to move to another post.. Currently, I am in Kyiv, Ukraine and having the time of my life..
It is an easy city to fly in and out of from Boryspil International airport and, for the past 3 1/2 years, cities in Europe (with the occasional trip to Turkey or the UAE) have been calling me almost monthly..
There are 196 countries in the world…unless of course you don’t include Tawain.. some countries do and some don’t..so let’s just include for grins.. That’s 196.. at one vacation a year to a new country..well, do the math..That’s right – 196 years to see them all..
As a US citizen and passport holder, I can visit 174 of them either without a visa or a visa upon arrival. It’s actually a little more complicated than that and over time, I will try to explain all the differences..
But for now.. just think..174 countries.. Right now, I am averaging a new country/city a month.. short trips of 3 – 5 days every month.. That’s still 14 years to see all of them.
Of course, living in Ukraine is a treat as well..and exploring this wonderful and beautiful country is an experience unto itself.. If no “out of country experience” presents itself, I spend weekends strolling through Kyiv or one of the myriad of historic sites in the vicinity.. Babi Yar is here.. Bykivnia Gravesites.. some of the oldest churches in Europe are here..
My world view has changed… my prejudices are disappearing… Maybe eventually those will be gone completely.
For now.. Rome awaits (2nd time to Rome)…this time with a side trip to Florence and Pisa.. My photography skills have improved so maybe this time the photos will do it justice..