America as in the continents, North & South America. Also encompassing the Central America region and Caribbeans. Other countries that I've visited but not listed here are: Brazil, Falkland Islands & U.S. Virgin Islands. Brazil was not on the list coz I had only been to Sao Paulo & Iguazu Falls & national park (a must, even if you just see this in Brazil!). I hope I've another chance to return to Rio to see Christ the Redeemer which is the last of the new 7 wonders in the world that I have yet visited. The other 6? Mission accomplished! :-)
U.S. is a country of possibilities. Having said that, it is just not a country I like very much when its government begins to 'meddle' in internal affairs of other countries. Being one of the most powerful countries do not give it unlimited access to other countries, as far as I'm concerned. Other than this, it is a wonderful country with lots to marvel at and to see.
See the full review, "Give me liberty & ... Credibility!".
I got my education here and lived here for a few years. I visit Canada almost on a yearly basis for the last 20 years. So, that does imply I like it here, doesn't it? Canada is obscure for many reasons, with regards to its geography as well as its government non-interference with world affairs. That makes it more popular than the American government, I think. I've many friends and relatives in Canada and my personal experience in this country is that there is less racial discrimination here than in the United States. It is hard not to compare the two but one feels it even as one enters the country. While the U.S. immigration can at times be suspicious, the Canadian Immigration is more welcoming. For whatever reasons, well, only they can tell. I've no idea! Again, it's just my personal experiences I'm writing about, not a fact of life! So don't nail me down for this ;-p
See the full review, "O Canada!".
Argentina is a marvelous country from what I can see in my (few days) stay in the country before embarking on the journey of my life to Antarctica. I enjoyed Buenos Aires very much so much so I even considered taking Spanish Language course here! Food is awesome and people are nice. And, one can tango away every night ;-) So romantic!
If you've watched the movie 2012, well, that's where it originated from. Mayan calendar, synonymous with Peru. The Inca Trail is what many came for. They hike and they climb. Me? I took the easy way out with another American VTer. We took the railway, lol... We were at Machu Picchu alright and we enjoyed it a great deal. We also managed to cover a lot more ground than we otherwise would have. Pisac is another site which you should strive for. An interesting country. On the food end, how about guinea pigs for dinner? ;-)
Chile! I was there for Torres del Paine & the glaciers but I'll return for its people & cuisine. Strange how one's reality unfolds in this world. People... yes, people does that. There's a song from a long long time ago which I heard on tv once; it left a lasting impression. Same goes for a friend whom I once talked to, a friend whom I'll remember & cherish for always. The song is "People" by Barbra Streisand. Take time to listen to it and you'll definitely find something to like about it. I like it so much so I even wrote a review about it ;-)
See the full review, "Earthquake 8.8 magnitude hits Chile on Feb. 27".
I've set foot on Mexico but I haven't truly seen it. Yucatan, Cancun... these are not Mexico! Full of American tourists :-( But I've a taste of Mexico... a wonderful & memorable one. The authentic Mexican food! Love it! Just love it! I'll be back (for the main course & those heavenly Margaritas!) & those friendly people :-) One thing I did see is Chichen Itza & that's now one of the New 7 wonders! Mission accomplished ;-)
ECUADOR - A trip taken with a myth ingrained in the mind. It was something from the past. Something I saw on TV, Japanese TV. For the very short time I was in Ecuador, & for most part, in Galapagos, I don't purport to know anything about this country. I know nothing, really. Yet, I did see some. It's akin to "knowing" someone for years, but in reality, u don't really know them. U see them often; u simply don't know them. That's the way my relationship with my colleagues & clients are. That simply the way things are. I went for the Iguana, really. Although, as with every mythical fairy tales, reality is never as beautiful or ethereal. I returned not disappointed, just more pragmatic :-) Ahhh, life!
I actually liked my stay in Puerto Rico a lot more but since Cuba is truly a distinctive country and has a 'class' of its own, well, it got bumped up a rank instead ;-) Cuba takes some getting used to where amenities are just a little too basic for my taste. Otherwise, it is an interesting and amazing country to step foot in. Americans are off limits but for those with Canadian passports, you are more than welcome! I enjoyed my stay in Sancti Spiritus & Trinidad quite a bit. Che is the revolutionist and I've no such inclination to even talk about Politics. Cuba was just another country on a traveler's schedule as far as I'm concerned.
See the full review, "Clear & Present Danger? Or Cuba Libre!".
I was in Puerto Rico for a few days and then enroute to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico felt kind Spanish to me. It was truly cosy and homely, with leisure and nice walks around San Juan. Too many Americans around but otherwise a nice short getaway.
The reason why Costa Rica was the only country I visited in Central America is because I didn't need a visa to enter it. Well, part of the reason anyhow. The other being its volcanoes. I came to see volcanoes erupting but none of them did! What a disappointment! Hehe... just joking. Well, there were some lavas out of one of them but I did get to see all the volcanoes in clear sight. So, that counts for something, perhaps? I've been told one needs to be real lucky to see them in plain sight! Most of the time, they are covered by clouds! Good thing not ashes ;-)