Map of countries where I've been

I hardly consider myself a great world traveler, but I love to travel and have been to a lot of places considering I got a late start. Until my sophomore year in college, I’d been to a total of six states, all in the northeastern USA. Since then I’ve been working hard to make up for lost time.

Until the Covid-19 pandemic hit, I was constantly either on a trip or planning the next one. In 2019 I took a four-week tour to eastern Germany, Czechia, and Poland. In January 2020: a short getaway to Michoacán to see the monarch butterfly migration, and in February, a week-long tour to Cuba. Since then, I’ve been stuck at home, which isn’t a terrible thing, since my home is now a beautiful town in Mexico. But now that I’m vaccinated, I’m thinking about being on the move again. In May 2021 I took a ten-day road trip, and I’m hoping to do another one this fall. Then in February and March of 2022 I have a trip to the Middle East that has been rescheduled twice and hoping will finally happen.

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Why I started this blog

Me at Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina, 2017

I am a retired software architect living the good life in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. One reason I chose this spot to retire is that it is close enough to an international airport that I can still get away for the travel I long to do.

When I’m not traveling, and when there isn’t a global pandemic, I can usually be found playing bridge at the Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club, playing pub trivia, taking my dog for walks on the malecón, or enjoying the many fine restaurants in this community of about half locals and half expats from the US and Canada. 

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Countries I’ve visited

(in chronological order)

  1. Canada
  2. France
  3. Switzerland
  4. Germany
  5. Austria
  6. Hungary
  7. England
  8. Wales
  9. Liechtenstein
  10. Italy
  11. Ireland
  12. Mexico
  13. Denmark
  14. Sweden
  15. Estonia
  16. Finland
  17. Iceland
  18. Croatia
  19. Slovenia
  20. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  21. Montenegro
  22. Belgium
  23. Netherlands
  24. Norway
  25. Chile
  26. Argentina
  27. Brazil
  28. Costa Rica
  29. Czechia
  30. Poland
  31. Cuba

Airports I’ve flown through

US Airports (in random order)
  1. Ted Stevens Anchorage
  2. Seattle-Tacoma
  3. Seldovia (Alaska)
  4. Phoenix Sky Harbor
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Palm Springs
  7. San Diego
  8. San Francisco
  9. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose
  10. Boulder Municipal
  11. Tampa
  12. Harsfield-Jackson Atlanta
  13. Honolulu
  14. Lihue
  15. O’Hare
  16. Chicago Midway
  17. General Wayne A. Downing Peoria (Illinois)
  18. Barkley Regional (Paducah, Kentucky)
  19. Louis Armstrong New Orleans
  20. Portland (Maine)
  21. Baltimore/Washington
  22. Detroit Metropolitan
  23. Minneapolis-Saint Paul
  24. St. Louis Lambert
  25. McCarran (Las Vegas)
  26. Reno-Tahoe
  27. Manchester-Boston Regional (New Hampshire)
  28. Newark Liberty
  29. Buffalo Niagara
  30. LaGuardia (New York)
  31. John F. Kennedy (New York)
  32. Long Island MacArthur (New York)
  33. Syracuse Hancock (New York)
  34. Westchester County (New York)
  35. Charlotte Douglas
  36. Cleveland Hopkins
  37. Dallas-Fort Worth
  38. William P. Hobby (Houston)
  39. George Bush Intercontinental (Houston)
  40. San Antonio
  41. Ronald Reagan Washington
  42. Dulles (Washington, D.C.)
  43. Boeing Field (Seattle)
  44. Juneau
  45. Homer (Alaska)
  46. John Wayne (Santa Ana, California)
  47. Philadelphia
  48. Austin-Bergstrom (Texas)
  49. Talkeetna (Alaska)
International Airports (in chronological order)
  1. Charles de Gaulle (Paris)
  2. Frankfurt
  3. Munich
  4. Shannon (Ireland)
  5. Milan Malpensa
  6. Leonardo Da Vinci (Fiumicino, Rome)
  7. Schiphol (Amsterdam)
  8. Zurich
  9. Heathrow (London)
  10. Keflavik (Iceland)
  11. Oslo
  12. Copenhagen
  13. Helsinki
  14. Zagreb
  15. Dubrovnik
  16. Brussels
  17. Bergen (Norway)
  18. Trondheim (Norway)
  19. Mataveri (Rapa Nui, Chile)
  20. Jorge Newbery (Buenos Aires)
  21. Santiago (Chile)
  22. Bariloche (Argentina)
  23. El Tepual (Puerto Montt, Chile)
  24. Presidente Carles Ibáñez del Campo (Punta Arenas, Chile)
  25. El Calafate (Argentina)
  26. Cataratas (Iguazú, Argentina)
  27. Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil)
  28. Galeão (Rio de Janeiro)
  29. Mexico City
  30. Juan Santamaria (San Jose, Costa Rica)
  31. Drake Bay (Costa Rica)
  32. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (Guadalajara)
  33. Václav Havel (Prague)
  34. Lech Walesa (Gdansk)
  35. Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz (Puerto Vallarta)
  36. Jose Marti (Havana, Cuba)

US National Parks I’ve visited

(in alphabetical order)

  1. Acadia
  2. Arches
  3. Badlands
  4. Bryce Canyon
  5. Crater Lake
  6. Denali
  7. Glacier
  8. Grand Canyon
  9. Grand Teton
  10. Joshua Tree
  11. Kenai Fjords
  12. Mammoth Cave
  13. Mesa Verde
  14. Mount Rainier
  15. North Cascades
  16. Olympic
  17. Rocky Mountain
  18. Yellowstone
  19. Zion

Mexican Pueblos Mágicos I’ve visited

(in chronological order)

  1. Tepoztlán, Morelos
  2. Tlaquepaque, Jalisco
  3. Ajijic, Jalisco
  4. Pátzcuaro, Michoacán
  5. Tequila, Jalisco
  6. Mazamitla, Jalisco
  7. Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco
  8. Pinos, Zacatecas
  9. Guadalupe, Zacatecas
  10. Sombrerete, Zacatecas
  11. Jerez, Zacatecas
  12. Asientos, Aguascalientes
  13. San José de Gracia, Aguascalientes
  14. Calvillo, Aguascalientes
  15. Nochistlán, Zacatecas
  16. Teúl de González Ortega, Zacatecas