Saturday, November 18, 2006

I Have Been There, or Have I?

My return flight from Los Angeles to Singapore had a scheduled stop-over at Taipei. While I was in the airport waiting to re-board, I wondered if this counted as a 'visit' to Taiwan. I guess not, even though I was on Taiwanese soil, and buying local merchandise and mementos at the airport shops!

So, let me see if I can count the countries I have landed in, but haven't exited their airports: Switzerland (Zurich airport during my first foreign travel in 1992, and also the first time I was flying), Germany (Frankfurt airport, one of my favourites especially the Delta business lounge), France (Paris airport, not among the best in Europe), UK (Heathrow airport, classy but expensive), Netherlands (Amsterdam airport, one of the better ones in Europe, and great if you want to buy cheese or tulips!), Hong Kong (Cathay's lounge is one of the best in the world), Korea (Seoul airport) and now Taiwan.

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