Jorge has traveled to all 193 and so much more
Jorge, a Spaniard, had an aborted trip to Africa as a 13 year old, as he traveled solo to the continent without a passport. He travels were delayed until he was 18, when he then left home for two years as he traveled Europe. The journeys continued for decades.
Jorge viewed the world as a classroom. He took to the road to learn about languages, religions and philosophies. Jorge lived in a cave in India with Sadhus, in a monastery in Japan with monks, and even in a prison in Afghanistan.
Jorge shares with us his passion for Russia and India. He traveled slowly on the road. Jorge often took on odd jobs while he was traveling, including a job which required a pistol in a house of ill repute. I had not heard that one before on the podcast.
Jorge believes the world as an expansive library with 193 volumes. He feels that he has read and studied this library extensively and now is “retired” from traveling and is living with his family in the Far East of Russia.
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More about Jorge Sanchez:
- Born in: I was born in 1954 in Barcelona, Spain
- Passports from: I have Spanish passport
- Favorite travel book: My favorite travel book is: The Seven Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor
- Favorite travel film: Baraka
- Must carry: A notebook
- Favorite food: Any Indian dish with curry
- Favorite drink: Coffee
- Favorite airline: The cheapest
- Favorite hotel: Youth hostel
- Website: Jorge Sanchez
- Nomad Mania Map: Jorge Sanchez
- Jorge’s books: Meetings With Remarkable Travelers and A Journey To Exotic South America
About Counting Countries
Counting Countries is the only podcast to bring you the stories from the dedicated few who’ve spent their lives on the singular quest of traveling to every country in the world. Less people have traveled to every country in the world than have been to outer space.
Theme music for this podcast is Demeter’s Dance, written, performed, and provided by Mundi.
Ric Gazarian is the host of Counting Countries. He is the author of three books: Hit The Road: India, 7000 KM To Go, and Photos From Chernobyl. He is the producer of two travel documentaries: Hit The Road: India and Hit The Road: Cambodia.
How Many Countries Are There?
Well… that depends on who you ask!
- The United Nations states that there are 193 member states.
- The British Foreign and Commonwealth office states that there are 226 countries and territories.
- The Century Club states that there are 327 sovereign nations, territories, enclaves, and islands.
- The Most Traveled Person states that there are 875 unique parts of the world.
- The Nomad Mania states that there are 1281 unique places in the world.
- SISO says there are 3,978 places in the world.
- Me? My goal is the 193 countries that are recognized by the UN, but I am sure I will visit some other places along the way.
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