Expat Journal – Your Passport to Adventure
Thank you my loyal followers. Thanks to you Expat Journal continues to GROW and expand. Thanks for putting up with all of my foolishness—my soliloquies, my rants, my silliness. I’ve tried to curb some of my excesses, my occasional anger, my sense of self-importance, my profanity (cutting back on the Scotch has helped with that). I try to be less preachy, and more educational, when I step up onto my soapbox. Sometimes it’s all for naught, and I just cut loose—and revert back to the old Steve.
I still hate authority, bullies, injustice and most forms of government. I still enjoy adventure, travel, photography, writing and immersing myself in different cultures and new experiences. I still love excellent coffee, great food, Cuban cigars, premium Scotch whisky and beautiful women—sins to some, the essence of life to others. I am either a very complicated man, or a very simple man. Or the dreaded paradox, both. The blog is still cathartic for me, and is a great place for me to not only share my thoughts, but to organize and clarify them as well.
In July (only two months from now), Expat Journal will be celebrating its third anniversary. And I’ve been on the road for two of those years. While headquartered in Merida, Yucatan, MX I’ve traveled through all five southern states of Mexico: Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas. Soon to visit Cuba (May to June), I will be finishing up my stay in this part of the world. The Worldwide Adventure will continue further south, taking a year to visit all of the countries that make up Central America, and then exploring the big continent of South America (before heading back to Asia).
I hope that you will continue to follow the adventure, and even join in if the possibility ever presents itself. I’ve actually had the opportunity to meet some of my blog followers in person while living here in southern Mexico, and they have become friends in a very real sense (virtual and otherwise). Expat Journal has surprised me in so many positive ways, and continues to do so almost on a daily basis—it’s not for everyone. Some of my followers have fallen by the wayside, but I always seem to add new followers (friends) faster than I lose them. I’ve learned that we’re not all the same, and I’ve come to appreciate the diversity.
Visiting Countries: 120 (latest estimate: 196 countries in the world – 61% coverage)
Number of Blog Followers: 300
Number of Blog Hits (views): Closing in on 70,000 worldwide
Number of Blog Hits per Month: 2,000 – 3,000
Number of Archived Posts: 815 and counting
Stephen F. Dennstedt
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