Ok so with a count++ on the list of countries I’ve been to accomplished as a result of shifting base from Cotonou to Ouagadougou, let me wax eloquent a bit on the countries I’ve visited so far. For sake of clarity let us exclude airports transitted and stick to thos countries where I’ve atleast:
1) Stayed a night at a hotel/ friends place
2) Spoken to atleast 10 locals and interacted meaningfully with at least 3 locals to get their views on what works and does not in their country
3) Had a meal at a restaurant
4) Done business/ had professional interaction
5) Done something fun
So Kenya is out of my discussion on counts #1&4 .
The countries that qualify:
India, Singapore, Indonesia, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria and latest addition to the list : Burkina Faso
Am hoping to add Niger (probability- 1) & Cote d’ivoire( probability – 0.9)and to lower probabilities Chad & Cameroon to this list pretty soon. On my wish list but with undefined probabilities in order of wishfulness are – China, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Japan,USA / Canada, UK, Malaysia , Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Algeria,France, Italy, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Ethiopia, Algeria, Denmark, Netherlands and Korea rounding this list to a nice round figure of 40.
Now would be thrilled if this list was attained by the age of 35 but will settle for 40 as well .
More on what I’ve seen and why these countries in particular on demand ( just leave a comment) , time permitting…