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Welcome to my Travel blog!

Index of Worldwidemike's entries

Thank you for checking out my travel blog here on Travellerspoint. I've created this entry to make it easy for you to find my entries. The little sidebar of countries may be overlooked. So, here are the entries, starting with the most recent:

Philippines, July, 2016

Laos, June 2016

Singapore, June, 2016[/b

Bosnia-Hercegovina, March 2016

Croatia, March 2016

Italy, June 2015

Ukraine, July 2015

Nicaragua, March 2015

Vietnam, June 2014

Taiwan, June 2014

Cyprus, March 2014

Iceland, March 2013

Karabakh, July 2012

Armenia, July 2012

Georgia, June 2012

For travelogs from countries I've visited before 2012 -- and a complete list of all countries I've visited -- go to my original Worldwidemike travel website.

Here's the alphabetical listing of all 83 countries I have visited

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bali (Indonesia)
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bosnia-Hercegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republick
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Easter Island
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Karabakh
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • St. Lucia
  • San Marino
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam
  • Wales

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So Where are Georgia and the Caucasus?

A Map showing Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Even if they have heard of them, most people would have a hard time pointing out Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan on the map. So, I thought I'd paste a map here showing where it is in relation to the Europe and Asia.


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Starting a Travel Blog for This Summer's Trip

Worldwidemike's Journey to the Caucasus -- Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Hi, it has been more than 3 years since I took a real journey abroad -- the longest period of time since I turned 18 and went backpacking through Europe. As most of you know, I cut back on the travel while I was studying to get my teacher's license. Then, job searching and getting my first two years of teaching under my belt consumed all of my spare time. Now, I'm ready to start taking advantage of my summer breaks and resume my travels. I'm ready to become Worldwidemike, again!

This summer's trip is to the Caucasus Mountains -- yes, where the word "Caucasian" comes from. This area between Turkey and Russia is technically Europe, but is steeped in influences from Asia. When I began to read about its gorgeous mountain scenery and the medieval towers and monasteries that are relics of its rich past, I was hooked. I plan to leave towards the end of June and will be gone for a month. Before I leave, I will make a few entries outlining my planned route and what I hope to see. You can subscribe to this blog and receive emails when I update it. I plan to update it as often as possible while on the road. I don't know what internet access is like in these countries, but hope to find out some more about that before I go.

Feel free to pass this blog address along to friends, family members or anyone else you think might enjoy it. And in the meantime, feel free to check out my Travel page which has many travelogs from the 70+ countries I've visited so far in my life!

My travel page: Worldwidemike

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Have hat, ready to travel!

Worldwidemike, version 3

One of my traditions over the past couple decades of travel has been wearing a personalized "Worldwidemike" hat. I just had this one made at Easton yesterday. My previous WWM hat was pretty sweated out and was a little worse for the wear. I thought I'd go with a black one this time. I think it looks pretty cool. Others may think it's weird having a hat with your nickname on it, but hey! Others think it is weird I'm going to Georgia and Armenia in the first place!

Speaking of my destination, Azerbaijan has been officially trimmed from the list. I simply don't have enough time to secure a visa for my visit. I was hoping the embassy in Washington D.C. would let me show up in person and apply and get it in the same day. That's what I did for Mali, Syria and other countries who have restrictive visa policies. Azerbaijan apparently does not do this, and you instead have to wait 10 business days for it to be sent to you. That was cutting it too close for comfort, so I've decided to put a visit to the country off to another day.

The good part is that this lets me spend more time in both Georgia and Armenia. There is so much to see there. I'm really excited about this trip. One thing I'm trying to do is be more "21st century" with my travel preparation. I've used Facebook to contact people in Georgia and Armenia to have them answer questions I have. I'm still debating whether to take an iPad or iPhone with me. There is an app that translates what you want to say into Georgian or Armenian -- writing it out in their Cyrillic script, showing how to pronounce it, and even saying it for you. Not quite the Star Trek universal translator yet, but it is getting closer. And needless to say, I don't speak a word of either language, yet!

Next, I'm going to try to "email update" feature of this blog. Apparently, I can send an email to a certain address and it automatically updates this blog with what I send. I want to see how it works before I leave, so expect that to be coming shortly. I am now less than 2 weeks away -- so I'll soon be updating from the road!

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Planes and airports, planes and airports (repeat)

Loooong two days of travel ahead...

So, the big day has arrived and I'm finally on my way to the Causcasus. Right now, I'm sitting in the Philadelphia airport after the shortest of the flights I'll be taking. Here's my travel schedule:

Tuesday, 1:30 USAirways flight from Columbus - Philadelphia
Tuesday, 6:15 USAirways flight from Philadelphia - Zurich
-- I get in at 8:25 am on Wenesday morning.
Wednesday, 1:20 pm Ukraine International Airways flight from Zurich - Kiev
Wednesday, 8:30 pm Ukraine International Airways flight from Kiev - Tlibisi
-- I finally get in at 11:55 pm Wednesday night. The place I'm staying is sending a driver to pick me up at the airport.
It costs about $5-10 more than a taxi, but will be worth it, I feel. That way I *know* someone will be expecting me there. if I weren't getting in so late, I probably wouldn't worry about it. Arriving after midnight in a strange city where I don't speak the language seems to tell me it's worth it.

This is going to be a long two days, I'm sure. I have my new ipad to entertain me in places like this with wifi. I'll try to sleep on my overnight flight to Zurich, but I'm not always best at doing that. Well see...

Feel free to leave comments on my posts. The way the blog is set up, I have to "approve" comments. So, it may take a day for the to show up here, but they will. From this point on, I promise my posts will get more interesting! Oh, and if you "subscribe" to the blog, you'll get emails when I put up a new entry.

Talk to you soon...!

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