Okay this blog post isn't about seeing Europe at Hellfest or not seeing them in London this year. To me this is all about counting down the countries of Europe untill I have been to everyone of them. Once I have done that I guess I can either move onto other countries in the world or retire from traveling and live in Sweden.
I was born in Australia to a father from England and I have always been inspired to become European, British or even be classed as WHITE BRITISH on those stupid surveys they ask.
Yes allot of people may think UK AND IRELAND isn't part of Europe, but for FUCK SAKE! look at the map. I mean Cyprus is all the way off the coast of Israel but they are European through and through.
So when I first got to the UK in June 2011. It was life changing for me. I left the Pacific rim, flew to Asia and then onto Europe. I went overland from London all the way to San Marino without a single flight. I even stopped off to see Scorpions at Hellfest.
I have been coming to Europe since 2011, I have been living perminantly in Europe since November 2016 (if you disregard my short Brum living stints in July/Aug 2015 and May 2016)
2011: UK, FRANCE, BELGIUM, LUXEMBOURG MONACO (10TH NATION), ITALY, SAN MARINO, SPAIN, ANDORRA, GIBRALTAR
2012: GERMANY, TURKEY (20TH NATION)
2013: NETHERLANDS, CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY, ROMANIA, BULGARIA (30TH NATION)
2014: I DIDN'T VISIT EUROPE AHHHHHHH!!!!
2015: IRELAND, SWITZERLAND, LIECHTENSTEIN, AUSTRIA, SLOVENIA, CROATIA (40TH NATION),SERBIA, MACEDONIA
2016: GUERNSEY POLAND, UKRAINE (KIEV AIRPORT LAYOVER), RUSSIAN FEDERATION (50TH NATION), ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, FINLAND, SWEDEN, DENMARK
2017: GEORGIA, ARMENIA
As for the UK I have been to ENGLAND, WALES, SCOTLAND. I still haven't been to Northern Ireland or the Isle or man or JERSEY. But I bloody well have been to Guernsey twice
So this is my low down on how I am going to finish off my MAP of Europe!
Closest I have been: I was in Italy in 2011. I made it to Rome, but I made it no further south in the country.
Why I haven't I been: Its always expensive to fly there from the UK. Flights can be like £100 in the peak season.
What is attracting me there: Malta was bombed heavily during WWII. They were given the George Cross from King George the IV, not to mention I have grown up with allot of Maltese people in Australia
Closest I have been there: I was in Gibraltar in 2011
Why I haven't been there: I am allot interested in visiting former Portuguese colonies that visiting Portgual
What would bring me there: If they have some big museum about the Colonial wars in Africa during the 60's and 70's then they have won me over
Closest I have been there: I was in Rome for a few hours in 2011, but I hardly had any time to see the city as I had to change between airport
Why I haven't been there: Its not a MEMBER of the UN. So if I go to Vatican City tomorrow I can't say I have been to 61 UN members. I mean I could still say I've been to 61 nations and I would say the same if I went to Taiwan
What Brings me there: Its all about running between Italy and the Vatican City.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Closest I have been there: I went to both Croatia and Serbia in 2015. I wasn't thinking about Bosnia at the time. I had just given up on living in the UK because of some prick chef at Aston University who swore at me and nobody in Birmingham gave me a fucking job.
Why i haven't been there: No restrictions at all. Its just that I don't want Bosnia to be another one city in one country trick
What Brings me there: I want to learn about the war that tore the country apart for 3 years. I mean theres allot of great Ottoman Empire era sights to see in Mostar and some sad stuff in Bosnia
Closest I have been there: I was in Serbia in 2015
Why i haven't been there: I was interested in Skopje over Montenegro in 2015. I did want to go there in 2011 but I had no time or cheap flights back to UK
What Brings me there: Well they were an Independent Principality for most of the last few centuries
Closest I have been there: I was in Skopje August 2015 and June 2016
Why I haven't been there: In 2016 I didn't have any time to see Albania. I just had to race to Istanbul.
What brings me there: An Australian lady got married to the King of Albania in exile in the 1970's. I would love to visit the former royal palace in the capital and learn about Enver Hoxha
Closest I have been there: I have been to both Macedonia, Turkey and Bulgaria
Why I haven't been there: lack of trains from other countries and its financial crisus
What brings me there: Michael Palin went to Athens in 1988 so I'll go there too
Closest I have been there: I was in Bucharest in 2013. I could have taken a train to Moldova but I didn't
Why I haven't been there: I haven't been back to that part of the Balkans in 4 years
What Brings me there: I'd love to go visit one of those underground cellars and also go visit the breakaway republic
Closest I have been there: I was in Poland, Lithuania and Russia in 2016
Why I haven#t been there: They only give you a 5 day visit if you fly into Minsk. You can also stay 3 days in one of their forrest near the Polish border
What brings me there: its my love for the USSR that makes me want to go there
Closest I have been there: I've been to Serbia and Macedonia in 2015
Why i haven't been there: its yet to be recognized as a UN member so i can count it as 193 UN members
Why I want to go there: No big reason
Closest I have been there: I was in Sweden back in December 2016
Why I haven't been there: Im not too keen on living off 7/11 Hot Dogs or spending £30 a night in a hostel
What brings me there: Norway was under German Occupation between 1940-45. I got allot to learn. Plus the Synagogue of The Trondheim Synagogue in Trondheim, Norway is the second-northernmost synagogue in the world (after the synagogue in Fairbanks, Alaska).
Closest I have been there: I went to the top of Scotland in May 2017
Why I haven't been there: Its going to cost allot of money to OVERLAND IT from London to Iceland Via Denmark is around 330 euros for that 3 day ferry.
What brings me to Iceland: I would love to live there for sometime and maybe fall in love with some Icelandic Chick.
Closest I have been there: Georgia and Armenia
Why I haven't been there: I spent 3 days in Armenia in November. So I don't want to piss off an Azeri border guard when he sees my Armenian passport stamps. I have never set foot in Nagorno Karabakh, so I haven't broken any law. I'll just wait until my passport fills up then I'll go visit Azerbijian
Why I want to go there: To visit the grave of the Russian linesman of 1966 final