Cool poll. Sorry I missed it until now.
Firstly, in all fairness, the first question about number of countries visited is biased towards Europeans. I have travelled, stayed in, visisted over 10 countries but have only been to 2 continents!!!
When I lived in southern Germany, Switzerland was 2.5 hrs drive, Austria 3hrs, France 30 mins, etc...so I think I had an unfair advantage.
On paper I suppose it looks like I am well travelled. Yet the variety of places I have visited is not that great. My exposure to eastern cultures is very limited (something I hope soon to rectify).
I think the difference here is that there are many people in Europe who share an inate curiosity of other countries and cultures.
This has little to do with the weather. I have been to Slovenia, not because I expected sunshine, but because I really wanted to see the place. I was insanely curious about the language, buildings....oh, and the beer!
I don't always sense this same kind of curiosity from 'some' Americans (no I AM NOT LOOKING TO START A FIGHT NOR AM I SEEKING TO INSULT FELLOW BEARS) Those who feel simply no need to venture beyond their borders, be that out of fear, lack of interest or the conviction that nowhere is better than America, so why bother.
I myself would travel for the rest of my life if someone were to give me the funds to do so...
This poll has shown me that I still have so many places left to see....I for one can't wait.
Enough of my ranting
By the way, who is the other language freak who speaks 5+ languges....glad I am not alone [img]smile.gif[/img]
Matteo sei tu?
Oder ist es vielleicht mein lieber Ott?
That's me for now.
Jules, Julia ,Juju (this is for you Ott