Progress Report

Fri 15th May; A few of you have asked for an update on how it's all going and what craziness I have planned for the future. So here you go... It's 15th May 2009. I've hit 84 of my target 200 countries. I'm eight weeks behind schedule. This is not as bad as it sounds! If I was on schedule, I'd be in Australia by the end of July! The schedule has a lot of leeway in it to accommodate things stuffing up (as they invariably will!). HOWEVER, my back is really up against the wall now due to not being allowed to step foot in Algeria or Libya - this is not a good turn of events, and doesn't bode well for some of the other African and Middle Eastern countries I was planning to pull that ‘Border Hop' trick in (don't look at me…

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The Final Fifty…

So, I have fifty countries left to visit, and then I’m done. I can go home, put my feet up, stuff my face with Anzacs and have a nice hot cup of tea. But like Sam in the last episode of Quantum Leap, I ain't going home any time soon - in fact, the leaps are going to get harder. Much harder. The final fifty include some of the most difficult places on Earth to step foot in. I’ve still got to (somehow) get into Turkmenistan (the North Korea of Central Asia), Eritrea (the North Korea of Africa) and North Korea (the North Korea of... oh). Add to that The Seychelles, Maldives, Taiwan and - gulp! - the Pacific Island states, I’ve really got my work cut out. So, where next? Well after Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, I’ll be heading into Iran. Now the original plan was…

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