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Back in March, I wrote about my grand plan for 2009 – my new year’s resolution. The plan was simple. I had to visit 12 different countries in 2009, preferably 12 countries I’d never visited before. Now, half way through the year it’s time to do status on the progress.

January

A business trip to Düsseldorf, Germany kicked off the plan. Beautiful city with very nice restaurants, bars and more Porche’s, Mercedes’ and BMW’s I’ve ever seen in one place.

February

Another business trip, this time to rainy London. Also, later the same month I went to Chişinău, the capital of Moldova. This is by far the most interesting place I’ve ever visited and I have a feeling that I might be the first tourist in that country. I can highly recommend visiting Moldova and I will definitely go back in maybe 5 years time.

Moldova

March

Went to the MVP Summit in Seattle. It was my first time in the state of Washington, but my 5th trip to USA and my 14th state. It rained, but it didn’t change the fact that Seattle is a very nice city with very nice and outgoing people.

The Space Needle

April

Malaga, Spain was the starting point of my Easter holiday. From there we drove to Gibraltar to see the wild monkeys and beautiful views and of course the new casino. You can actually see Morocco from there across the Mediterranean Sea. Then drove to Sevilla before returning home.

Gibraltar

May

Visiting a friend in Stirling, Scotland, the home of William Wallace aka Mel Gibson in Braveheart. Drove around Loch Lomond and tried some excellent whisky along the way – I wasn’t driving. I then took a flight from Scotland to Düsseldorf to revisit the Vodafone mother ship before returning home.

June

Back in March I asked around the office if anyone wanted to join me on a trip to Amsterdam, Holland. 9 colleagues said “yes, please”, so off we went to one of the more fun places I’ve ever visited for reasons I will not share with you or anyone else. If you’ve been there you know why. If you haven’t been there, go before it’s too late.

Arriving in Amsterdam

June/July

I’ve been very busy at work and by travelling, so for the summer holiday I just wanted to relax by a pool somewhere warm. I did that on Corfu – a Greek island off of the Albanian coast. The only energy spent on that trip was getting into a cap to the ferry leaving for Sarande, Albania.

Paradise Hotel in Corfu, Greece

That concludes the first half of my grand plan. Next up is:

August: Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and a trip to Boston
September: Weekend in Monaco to win big on the casinos
October: 11 days roundtrip to Iran

After that it’s either India with the family in November or Malta for Christmas. If the rest of the year turns out as stated here, then the grand plan succeeds. This grand plan also carries some of the blame for me not blogging much anymore.

Comments

Comment by Nima

Hello Mads,

I would love to welcome you to Iran but wish the situation here was better. I apologize in advance for the words/actions of our stupid president. His views do not represent the majority in Iran.

Thank you for the great blog.

Nima

Comment by Mahdi Taghizadeh

Dear Mads,

I agree with Nima, what they are showing is not not Iranian people's face. Iranian tech community will welcome you and try to make memorabe moments for you in Iran :)

Comment by Jan Wolff

Hi Mads
Wauw, very impressive traveling plan, I am very envious, wish it was me. Take care in Iran and GL & HF in Monaco :).
/Best Jan