Virtual Travel

COVID-19 alert: All content on this blog site is accessible from your sofa at safe distance from people and wild animals. You can travel the globe without a suitcase or mask! It’s a brave, new digital world … welcome to the wonders of wanderlust.

Meet Me

I’m American-made, Brussels-based and world-traveled. With footprints on all seven “Cs” (continents), I share stories about them in this “armchair travel” blog to remind us that our planet is amazing and worth exploring, even from afar.

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Europe

Little Known Special Territories of the European Union

Did you know there are 32 special territories of the 27 EU member states? They are divided into three categories: nine outermost region territories like the Canary Islands that are part of the EU but have derogations from some EU laws with locations outside of mainland Europe; 10 special cases that are part of the EU with ad hoc provisions to EU law; and 13 other countries and territories (OCT) that are not part of the EU but cooperate with it. Except Greenlanders, OCT nationals are not EU citizens.

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Outside Boundaries and Inside a Volcano in Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic country-island in northwestern Europe known as the “land of fire and ice.” With 200 volcanoes and 600 hot springs, no wonder geothermal and hydroelectric energy allow it to have 99.96 percent renewable energy. That’s good news for glaciers.

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Unlike Australia, Antarctica is only a continent, not also a country. That’s because it does not have sovereignty, a government, a political system, an army or a permanent population.