First of all, thank you for reading this. To be honest, I really just post a blog to catalog my own personal memories. I began this blog when I started my job in the Congo, and I simply wrote about what life was like in one of the least traveled and most misunderstood parts of the world. What it has morphed into is a quest to see every country in the world. To answer your pending question of, “why on earth would you do that, what if you find a place you just love?” I will say the following, before going to the Congo, people told me how dangerous, undeveloped, and “third-worldly” it was as well as how terrible it would be to live there. I went anyways because I was afforded an incredible opportunity at a young age and wanted to take advantage of it. In the end, it may have been the best decision I have ever made. The overall experience I had, the things I saw, the people I met, and the confidence gained were invaluable to me.
As a result, I decided that I should attempt to see every country, because even the most “dangerous” of places have things to teach us. If I could learn so much from a place like the Congo, just think of everything I could learn from everywhere else. However, unlike many travelers, I cannot drop everything on a whim and go (which I do find very admirable and recommend it for those who are itching to do so). Therefore, many of my trips since Congo have been short, fast, and to the point. As such, I will attempt to advise on how long to spend in each city I went to, compared to how long I was able to spend. Also, I was fortunate to have traveled a lot with my family throughout Europe (20 countries in total), and so I skipped those countries in this blog, as those were stories for my family and I to tell together.
Finally, for this blog, I want to leverage my experience and interest into a career one day that helps companies expand into emerging markets, helps bridge the gap between companies in fast-moving developing markets and those in developing regions. As such, in every country I will attempt to find a business opportunity, be it for a local, or an expat.
Again, thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy some of my experiences. At the very least, I hope you like some of the pictures.
The list below in relatively accurate chronological order:
1. United States
6. The Netherlands
10. Czech Republic
17. San Marino
18. Vatican City
23. Costa Rica
24. The United Arab Emirates
26. The Democratic Republic of the Congo
34. South Africa
37. Dominican Republic