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  •  Somewhere in the 30s (5+ / 0-)

    It's a harder question than you'd think, depending on what you count as a country and what you count as a visit somewhere between 31 and 35.

    I've been to Canada more times than I can count.  

    In the '04/'05 school year I studied abroad in Hungary for a semester and the Czech Republic for a semester, during which time I also visited Germany, Romania, Austria, Slovenia, Tunisia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland.

    In '07 after my first year teaching in the US I used my summer break to backpack through Mexico.

    In '09/'10 I taught for a year in South Korea, during which time I also visited Japan and the Philippines, as well as Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan which you could either count as separate countries since they all have their own entrance requirements and the like or as all part of China.  I also stepped across the border into North Korea during a tour of the DMZ but I don't really count that as a visit.

    After my time in Korea I backpacked for a couple months through the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

    Finally, I start tomorrow at a new job teaching in Turkey.  I've already been here as a tourist and haven't really had the chance to visit any new countries from my new homebase in Istanbul but I did have a layover in Russia on the flight over.  I don't really count airport layovers but maybe still worth a mention.

    •  Loved Turkey (1+ / 0-)
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      Only there for a flying visit of a few days, but it's beautiful and the people are delightful.

      Traffic in Istanbul is horrendous. 20 Million people living in a city designed for 2 Million. But the sound of the call to prayer is among the most beautiful anywhere.

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      by wonderful world on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 07:56:08 AM PST

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      •  20 million in a city designed for 2 (0+ / 0-)

        That's a really good description, and it's not just the traffic that it causes trouble with.  Shopping for an apartment in this city is atrocious.  Totally worth it just to be here though.

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