Oct 03

This week I’m crossing the Pond again, even though it’s less than three months since I came back. Twice in a quarter of a year is a phenomenal amount of trips for me.

I once went three years without going home. I can’t write for certain, but I’m pretty sure it was between 2008 and 2011, while my daughter was young. The last few years I’ve made it a point to go over every year.

I was in Spain, England and Northern Ireland in June and July, and this very week 12 months ago I was also in England funnily enough. The summer is a much better time to visit: the weather is nicer, the days are longer, and my friends’ kids are off school. But the autumn / fall has advantages too of course, everywhere is less crowded and some things are cheaper. When you are travelling without children you don’t need to worry about pesky school holidays / vacations.

I’m probably most excited about visiting a new country. I ticked off two this year already when I was in Central America, and now I get to add another to my list in the form of Montenegro. I’m guessing it’s been 14 years since I last made it to three new nations in one year.

After that it will mean I’ve been to 52 out of the 55 UEFA members, with only Moldova, Kosovo and Kazakhstan left to conquer. You know, the biggies. I’m leaving the best til last obviously. We are hitting seven countries in 14 days. Very American.

Next month I’ll let you know how I got on. If I don’t decide to nip to Chisinau instead.

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