I hardly consider myself a great world traveler, but I love to travel. I 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 fact, I had a trip planned to Israel in September 2020. That had to be postponed several times, and finally I canceled it altogether. 

But after I was vaccinated, I started to get back to travel. In May 2021 I took a ten-day road trip to the Mexican states of Zacatecas and Aguascalientes. Then in late July I went on a three-day tour to Guanajuato, in October I went on a tour to Copper Canyon, and in December I did another road trip, seven days in western Jalisco and Nayarit. 

And now I’m back to serious travel planning. In April and May 2022 I visited Peru and Ecuador, with excursions to Machu Picchu and the Galápagos. Coming up later this year is a trip to Turkey and the Caucasus, and in 2023 I already have two trips planned, to Panama and Colombia, and to Egypt, Israel, and Jordan (finally).

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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 a mix of locals and 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
  32. Peru
  33. Ecuador

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. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
  13. Honolulu
  14. Lihue
  15. Stapleton (former Denver airport)
  16. O’Hare
  17. Chicago Midway
  18. General Wayne A. Downing Peoria (Illinois)
  19. Barkley Regional (Paducah, Kentucky)
  20. Louis Armstrong New Orleans
  21. Portland (Maine)
  22. Baltimore/Washington
  23. Detroit Metropolitan
  24. Minneapolis-Saint Paul
  25. St. Louis Lambert
  26. McCarran (Las Vegas)
  27. Reno-Tahoe
  28. Manchester-Boston Regional (New Hampshire)
  29. Newark Liberty
  30. Buffalo Niagara
  31. LaGuardia (New York)
  32. John F. Kennedy (New York)
  33. Long Island MacArthur (New York)
  34. Syracuse Hancock (New York)
  35. Westchester County (New York)
  36. Charlotte Douglas
  37. Cleveland Hopkins
  38. Dallas-Fort Worth
  39. William P. Hobby (Houston)
  40. George Bush Intercontinental (Houston)
  41. San Antonio
  42. Ronald Reagan Washington
  43. Dulles (Washington, D.C.)
  44. Boeing Field (Seattle)
  45. Juneau
  46. Homer (Alaska)
  47. John Wayne (Santa Ana, California)
  48. Philadelphia
  49. Austin-Bergstrom (Texas)
  50. 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 Franjo Tuđman
  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)
  37. Tijuana
  38. General Roberto Fierro Villalobos (Chihuahua)
  39. Jorge Chávez (Lima)
  40. Alejandro Velasco Astete (Cusco)
  41. Mariscal Sucre (Quito)
  42. José Joaquín de Olmedo (Guayaquil)
  43. Seymour Galápagos Ecological (Baltra Island, Galápagos)

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 States I’ve visited

(in chronological order)

  1. Baja California
  2. CDMX
  3. Morelos
  4. Jalisco
  5. Michoacán
  6. Zacatecas
  7. Aguascalientes
  8. Guanajuato
  9. Chihuahua
  10. Nayarit

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
  17. Creel, Chihuahua
  18. Talpa de Allende, Jalisco
  19. Mascota, Jalisco
  20. San Sebastián del Oeste, Jalisco
  21. Sayulita, Nayarit
  22. Compostela, Nayarit
  23. Jala, Nayarit
  24. Tapalpa, Jalisco