Countries we've visited...Working on new website...Photos from this date in 2013 from Ephesus, Turkey...

Us in front of one of the most interesting ruins of Ephesus Jordan on this date in 2013.
Note: To all of our readers visiting our site via a smartphone, please click the "View web version" tab under the word, "Home" at the bottom of the page to access the web version enabling you to access all of our archives on the right side of the page. We'll be updating our site in a few months, making these extra steps unnecessary. Thank you. 
Today's photos are from June 13, 2013, while in Ephesus, Turkey. See the link here for more details.

We are often asked how many countries we've visited. In a request for topics for future posts, a few days ago at this post here, a suggestion that recurred in many messages was, "How many countries have we visited since we began our world journey on October 31, 2012?"

Considering the fact we often stay for extended periods in any particular country, often visiting several states, cities, and areas, we haven't been to as many countries as one may think after almost 8 years of world travel. 

Of course, we've visited all seven continents, finally accomplished when we sailed to Antarctica in February 2018.
As our long walk began with a series of similar ruins.
With a total of 195 countries in the world, we certainly have many more to visit if, in fact, our goal had been to visit as many countries as possible. That particular objective has never been on our radar.

Instead, we've visited countries, some on cruises, that appealed to us for a longer stay considering sites/countries we've been attracted to and the scenery and in many cases, the opportunity to see abundant wildlife.

Now. I'm busy working with our new web developer for our new and updated site which will include easy viewing for smartphones eliminating the necessity of the above instructions as to how to view our archives on a phone.
We never miss a photo op at the ruins.
In the process of assisting our web developer, Kate, who by coincidence is located in India with some of the smartest tech people in the world, enables us to easily talk on the phone as needed as we work our way through this comprehensive and complicated process.

I must admit, I am not in a head-space right now to be overly creative so I'm working on my part of the project into bite-sized pieces over many days. For some reason, being in lockdown seems to make it more difficult for me to come up with creative ideas. But, I'm doing my best.

We're making it especially easy for our readers to see the daily posts, recent past posts, photos, archives, and links, our single most important goal in this process. At this point, I only have one more morning to work on my part of the development while the rest will be left up to the developer, each day sending us new mock-ups to review. It's going quite smoothly so far.
Ornate rock.
However, in the process, Kate suggested we include a link with each country we've visited on a simple numbered list. This morning, before beginning today's post, Tom reviewed our travel map on the right side of the home page, reading off each country we've visited while I typed the following list, both for today's post and for our new site.

 Here are all the countries we've visited since the onset of our travels:
  1. Mexico
  2. Guatemala
  3. Costa Rica
  4. Panama
  5. Columbia
  6. Grand Cayman
  7. Belize
  8. Honduras
  9. Bahamas
  10. Grand Turks & Caicos
  11. Portugal
  12. Spain
  13. France
  14. Egypt
  15. Jordan
  16. United Arab Emirates
  17. Italy
  18. Greece
  19. Turkey
  20. Croatia
  21. Kenya
  22. Tanzania
  23. South Africa
  24. Morocco
  25. England
  26. Ireland
  27. Faroe Islands
  28. Iceland
  29. Canada
  30. Moorea, French Polynesia
  31. Papeete
  32. Bora Bora
  33. Fiji
  34. Australia (plus Tasmania)
  35. New Zealand
  36. Malaysia
  37. Singapore
  38. Indonesia
  39. Cambodia
  40. Vietnam
  41. Thailand
  42. New Caledonia
  43. Vanuatu
  44. Nicaragua
  45. Ecuador
  46. Peru
  47. Chili
  48. Argentina
  49. Uruguay
  50. Falkland Islands
  51. Antarctica
  52. Mozambique
  53. Zambia
  54. Zimbabwe
  55. Botswana
  56. Germany
  57. Netherlands
  58. Denmark
  59. Estonia
  60. Russia
  61. Finland
  62. Sweden
  63. Wales
  64. Bermuda
  65. India
We could imagine a leader standing atop this structure speaking to his people.
In a similar note, there are a number of countries we'll never visit such as these listed below by Forbes Magazine as being the most dangerous countries in the world.

Some of the Most Dangerous Countries (in no specific order) from this site:
  1. Libya
  2. Syria
  3. Iraq
  4. Yemen
  5. Somalia
  6. South Sudan
  7. Central African Republic
  8. Part of the Congo (DRC)
  9. Part of eastern Ukraine
  10. Mali
  11. Parts of Pakistan
  12. Afghanistan
  13. Part of Egypt
But, this still leaves us with over 100 countries we haven't visited, some of which hold little interest for us. After all, this adventure has been all about what appeals to us the most, not what others think we should do. It's all a part of the sense of freedom we've felt along the way.
Varying stones were used to avoid a slippery surface.
Now in lockdown in India, we don't necessarily feel a sense of freedom being stuck in this hotel room, day after day, month after month. But, we're committed, going forward, to only travel to a country with open borders (once the Mumbai International Airport re-opens) that appeals to us. 

We're not considering visiting any countries simply due to the fact their borders are open. We're dedicated to waiting it out until we can travel to a location that we'll find enjoyable and a true continuation of our world travels. 

Thank you, dear readers, for all the ongoing input and support you provide on a daily basis. Please bear with us if a few days pass before I reply. With my inbox jammed with messages, it may take a few days.

Stay safe. 
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Photo from one year ago today, June 13, 2019:
We stopped by the pier on a sunny day in Connemara, Ireland. For more photos, please click here.

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