Come May and I will be again on my 2-week long vacation to an International location. I think I have made it my ritual to do that 2-week vacation during the first week of May every year. This is my 4th year. And I hope to continue it as long as I can. As part of the lunch table conversations, the plans for summer vacation came up and the folks asked me where I was going (not, ‘if’ I was going, but ‘where’. They have come to know me well by now). And then one of them turned to me and asked how many countries have I visited. Do I have a list or a map plotting them. It got me thinking. For me, it is about the places/cities I visit that matters, not the countries. But as far as statistics goes, it is as good a place to start with, to plot the countries I have been and see how much of the world I have been to. Found this site on the Internet and selected the countries I have been and voila! I have got my map ready ūüėČ

I still have lots of places to cover don’t I ? A mere 6.66% (wicked number isn’t?)…have to remedy that. I guess with this year’s place added, it might change, but I refuse to add it until I have done the travel.

But then I have my own set of plans with respect to places. Let me see if I manage to complete that at least.

visited 15 states (6.66%)
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Islands I never knew – Thanks to Stats

One of the interesting things of checking out the ‘Stat’s page of WordPress, apart from the¬†views, visitors and the count is the ‘Countries’. My eyes always go there first to check if there is a country which is unknown to me. I know that when people use proxy’s (like me, when I am at work) it would always show a different country from the one they are actually browsing. So there is no definite way to figure out anything based on the country data. It is still¬†a piece of information. Once in a while I get to see a few new countries which haven’t been in the list till then. Out of the lot, so far, there have been two countries which I did not even know existed. ¬†Not that I knew about the rest in depth. But at least I had heard their names somewhere sometime, so they weren’t alien to me.

a) Guernsey: A wee island in the English Channel and not part of the European Union.

b) Réunion: A French island in the Indian Ocean and part of the European Union.

For the visitors and viewers from these two islands, I¬†am glad that you made the visit in turn¬†letting me learn about your country. Are there any countries in your ‘Stats’ that you found interesting or you didn’t know they existed ?