August 03, 2007

Travel for travel's sake

I was chatting today with one of my partners at work and we were discussing a dream I have long held of visiting all of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. [Political digression: the United Nations does not care to acknowledge that Jerusalem is in Israel. Israel has several sites but Jerusalem is the only city that gets listed without a country designation, other than that it was suggested by Jordan. Jordan behaved shockingly badly until the Israelis threw them out of Jerusalem. Bluntly, the United Nations is a nest of anti-semites. End digression]

So we pulled the list up together and reviewed. I have been to 48 of them. It feels like a lot but I suspect many of you will have been to many more. Check the list out and let me know how you did?

Posted by Random Penseur at August 3, 2007 10:53 AM | TrackBack

Uhhh, forty-eight is a lot. I've been to three.


I need to get out more.

Posted by: Kathy at August 3, 2007 10:53 PM

I've been to 21 of them, although the numbers are going to be higher for anyone who's been to several major tourist sites in the U.K. That said, wow--some of those places sure are out of the way.

Posted by: Jeff at August 4, 2007 02:40 AM

I've been to 90, which seems show offy, but when you look at the whole list, it is shameful how small my list is. I'm good on the UK, Italy, North America and France, Mexico and Spain. But there is so much of Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and South America not even touched. On the other hand, it just points out what to get done before I die.

Posted by: Anne at August 5, 2007 04:58 PM

I've been to forty. They're reasonably well spread out over Europe, South America, Australia, southAsia and Israel...including it's capital, Jerusalem. :)

So many places, so little time.

Posted by: Jocelyn at August 5, 2007 10:35 PM

Looks like I come with 12 World Heritage Sites.

I don't think listing Jerusalem on its own is a sign of anti-semitism. UN folks usually have a groupthink automatic desire to be as ridiculously politically correct as possible, and so would like to think that listing Jerusalem on its own is in some way a sign of political neutrality.

Of course, in actuality it's just another sign of distance from the reality, which is that the State of Israel exercises a very normal and regular (if, admittedly, disputed) sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem and has done so for a significant enough period of time.

Posted by: Andrew Cusack at August 6, 2007 10:06 AM

I've been to 30 ... I think! Most of my travels were some 20 years ago, when I was in college - and it's hard to remember the names of certain places!

Posted by: Monica C. at August 6, 2007 08:49 PM

Throws my lowly "Pueblo de Taos" into the ring and blushes furiously.

Dang, I need to get out. Not more - ANY. Heh.

Posted by: Margi at August 6, 2007 09:03 PM

I had to scroll down depressingly far to reach the first of any of the sites I've visited. And now am feeling quite un-learned of the world I live in, too much so to even count, although I can't fathom my list would contain more than ten. In two countries - the UK and the grand ol' homefront.

Posted by: Jennifer at August 7, 2007 07:02 PM

Seven. Clearly I have a lot of catching up to do. One of these days?

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