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« on: October 25, 2009, 02:44:58 am »
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I started counting, and was sort of impressed with myself when the total got to 51.  If you only include people I've talked to more than once or twice, it goes down to 42.  I'm sort of wondering where I fit in here.

The continental breakdown is:
Europe - 21
Asia - 14
Africa - 4
Latin America - 8
US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand - 4
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2009, 02:59:39 am »
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Hmmn.

Americas, 12:
Brazil: A few in Aus, a few in South America,
Uruguay: I went there in 2006. Loved it.
Argentina: Same trip
Paraguay: Same trip, didn't actually go into Paraguay though.
Chile: Went there, loved it. Lots of Chileans over here, too.
Peru: A few here and a few there.
Colombia: First 'boyfriend'
Panama: On South America trip
Mexico: Few here, few in South America.
Haiti: Girl at Johns, at uni.
Jamaica: Girl at primary school
USA: Lots. You guys suck.
Canada: Slightly less. You guys are awesome.

Africa, 14:
South Africa: Australia is crawling with them.
Zimbabwe: And there are a few of these guys too, but most of them say they're 'Rhodesian'.
Kenya: Ex-Housemate
Uganda: ANU African Student's Society. I helped with their initial set-up.
Ethiopia: As above
Djibouti: As above
Botswana: As above
Ghana: As above
Mozambique: As above, plus tutorials
Madagascar: As above, plus tutorials
Somalia: Various people around the traps
Egypt: Kid at primary school
Sudan: At RYLA, plus Taxis drivers and things.
Mauritius: Quite a few in Australia
...plus there were others but I'm not 100% sure what countries they were from. I think Nigeria,  Liberia, Swaziland and Mali were in the mix.

Oceania, 10:
Palau: Well, she's not actually Paluan, but she grew up there.
Nauru: One of my mum's friends
Tonga: Around the traps
Samoa: High school
New Zealand: Thi're bliddy ivrywhir
Fiji: Tutes
Australia: Duh
Vanuatu: Johns
Solomon Islands: Around the traps
Papua New Guinea: Johns, my residential college at Uni

Asia, 30:
East Timor: Johns
Indonesia: Primary school, others
Singapore: Lots of Singaporeans at ANU, there's an agreement with the National University there.
Malaysia: Uni
Brunei: High School
Thailand: Johns. Lots of ex-pats in Thailand send their kids to uni in Australia, but I've also met plenty of ethnically Thai people.
Cambodia: Uni
Vietnam: I'm from Melbourne... 
Phillipines: High School, Johns, Uni...
Taiwan: Uni
China: Duh
Japan: Johns
South Korea: Johns
Krygyzstan: Uni
Kazakhstan: High School
Burma: Guy I worked with
Bangladesh: High School
Seychelles: Primary School, Uni
Sri Lanka: Plenty, especially at High School
India: Many, many Indians in Australia, as of about 8 years ago.
Pakistan: As above
Nepal: Uni
Bhutan: Johns. But she grew up mainly in Thailand.
Iran: Uni
Iraq: Parents of a guy in High School
UAE: Johns
Saudi Arabia (kind of...a high school friend lived there from 5-14)
Israel: Lots in South America
Lebanon: Parents of someone in High School
Syria: High School

Europe, 32:
Portugal: Sth America trip
Spain: Johns
France: Lots of times
Belgium: I met Kim Clijsters! ...and others.
Netherlands: Uni
UK: Family members
Ireland: Primary School
Norway: Ex-housemate
Sweden: Johns
Finland: Johns
Denmark: Primary School kid's dad, and heaps in south america
Russia: Few around the traps
Lithuania: Uni
Poland: High School
Ukraine: High School
Romania: High School kid's parents
Turkey: Primary school
Cyprus: Prep Teacher, Johns
Malta: More Maltese people in Australia than in Malta.
Greece: Lol. Port Melbourne is one of the Greekest places in Melbourne, the second most Greek place in the world :/
Albania: Uni
Macedonia: Around the traps
Montenegro: A customer
Kosovo: High School
Serbia: Few here and there
Croatia: Lots of Croatians downunder. Mainly in Sydney but a few drifted to Melbourne and Canberra
Hungary: Primary School
Czech Republic: South America trip
Germany: Few here and there
Switzerland: Johns
Austria: Uni
Italy: Plenty

So 98, that I can remember - although I think a couple of them might be Australian citizens but originally from another country
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2009, 03:06:33 am »
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123 on first count. Probably more in actuality. Some places are very fleeting like an Eritrean cab driver in Vegas.  I was bombed- we talked Orthodox Christianity, good times.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2009, 03:14:47 am »
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United States
Mexico
Nicaragua
El Salvador
Peru
Brazil
United Kingdom
France
Germany
Poland
Bosnia
Slovenia
Russia
Ukraine
Israel
India
The Phillippines
China
Vietnam
Thailand
South Korea
Japan

     22 in all.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2009, 03:22:07 am »
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2009, 03:48:28 am »
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does your mom count as a country?
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2009, 03:51:16 am »
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Who the hell can honestly say to know people form 100 different countries ?!?
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Who the hell can honestly say to know people form 100 different countries ?!?


I expect to be able to do so within the next couple of years. I also forgot one, Bhutan, so i'm actually on 90.... althought the Nauru one was quite weak; my mum's family lived there when she was young. I don't know any ethnic Nauruans.
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2009, 03:59:30 am »
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Who the hell can honestly say to know people form 100 different countries ?!?

I can.  Although most of them have been through my line of work, in which I encounter dozens of foreign travelers every week.
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Who the hell can honestly say to know people form 100 different countries ?!?

I can.  Although most of them have been through my line of work, in which I encounter dozens of foreign travelers every week.

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Who the hell can honestly say to know people form 100 different countries ?!?

I can.  Although most of them have been through my line of work, in which I encounter dozens of foreign travelers every week.

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I wish!  Hopefully I'll be promoted soon enough, but for now I'm just a standard rent-boy.
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Who the hell can honestly say to know people form 100 different countries ?!?

I can.  Although most of them have been through my line of work, in which I encounter dozens of foreign travelers every week.

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I wish!  Hopefully I'll be promoted soon enough, but for now I'm just a standard rent-boy.

I was gonna say, once you start getting over 120 countries in the biz, you start hitting people like Andorrans, and they are Freaks with a capital F in the sack.
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Who the hell can honestly say to know people form 100 different countries ?!?

Well the question was met.  I haven't traveled as much as I would like but still have probably been to 20 countries.  If you live in a major city you can bump into people from 100 countries on a subway ride.
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There's no way of telling, but quite a lot. Uni plus spending over two months in hospital would account for most of that.
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« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2009, 07:46:15 am »
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North America: Canada, US, Mexico
Caribbean-Central America: Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba
South America: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Peru
Mideast-Arab world: KSA, Oman, Yemen, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, Israel
Asia: Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, PR China, RoChina, South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Australia, NZ, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan
Europe: Portugal, Spain, France (no wai rly), Monaco, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Czechia, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Cyprus, Malta, Moldova
Africa: RSA, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Senegal, Rwanda, Mauritius, Seychelles, Eritrea, Djibouti, Namibia, Somalia (Somalis living in Ottawa, I never went to Somalia).

A few were locals, a lot were nationals living abroad (Saudi Arabia, mostly. A lot of Asians and Europeans at CB, tho).

100 or so, atleast
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« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2009, 11:07:54 am »
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There's no way of telling, but quite a lot.
This...how the hell am I supposed to know or remember?  I'd guess somewhere between 25 and 100.
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If you don't count the United States, it would be 3 for me.  England, Germany, Saudi Arabia.

EDIT:  Add to that, Canada, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Cameroon, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Russia.  So, a total of 13.  My vote for 1-5 is a mistake.
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« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2009, 11:31:43 am »
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There's no way of telling, but quite a lot.
This...how the hell am I supposed to know or remember?  I'd guess somewhere between 25 and 100.

I took a blank map of the world and started filling it in.  Even then, I later remembered I missed Moldova and Belarus, so I'm up to 53.

Edit: and Thailand -- 54.  Yeah, of course it's impossible to remember all of them.
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Depends what you mean by 'met'. When in Toronto I spend two minutes talking to a Somali taxi driver; does that count? Also there are many people who I have met who are clearly not native English speakers where I don't know where they are from.

Anyway the answer is loads. I wouldn't even know where to start guessing - especially considering that in my case alot of these people I would have met when I was alot younger.
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« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2009, 01:55:24 pm »
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I'll probably forget a bunch.

Canada, US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Cuba, Jamaica, Dom Rep, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, UK, Ireland, anywhere in continental Europe except the really tiny places (Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino) - and except Latvia and Estonia, it seems. EDIT: And Moldova - Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, DR Congo, South Africa, Namibia, Turkey, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mongolia, South Korea, Japan.
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« Reply #22 on: October 26, 2009, 10:48:03 am »
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From memory:

USA
Canada
Mexico
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Colombia
Chile
UK
France
Germany
Italy
Portugal
Belgium
The Netherlands
Ireland
Switzerland
Poland
Czech Republic
Bulgaria
Serbia
Greece
Russia
Ukraine
South Africa
Turkey
Israel
Syria
China
India
Nepal
Pakistan
Japan
South Korea
Taiwan
Phillipines
Vietnam
Australia
New Zealand

So that's 38.  I'm sure I'm missing quite a few though.
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« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2009, 11:15:27 am »
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This is pretty difficult, considering all the people I've met

USA and the Netherlands obviously, since I've been to those places
Mexico - tux's friend
Haiti - French teacher from elementary school
El Salvador - some girls from here on my Habitat for Humanity Trip
Trinidad and Tobago - friend's mom
Barbados - probably family of my friend
UK - many people
Sweden - a curler
Germany - couchsurfers
France - couchsufers
South Korea - couchsurfers
Poland - cousin in law
Ukraine (friend of Sad )
Romania (co-worker)
Serbia - Sad
Greece - NDP friend of mine
Italy (probably many)
Finland (friend of a friend)
Portugal (good times a 2 summers ago at a Portuguese cafe)
Hungary (a school mate, and family of my former room mate)
Russia (former friend in junior high, amongst others)
Bosnia (former school mate)
Egypt (former University school mate)
Somalia (many, many...)
Eritrea (former school mate)
South Africa (had to go way back to remember meeting one of these)
Ghana (former school mate)
Lebanon (many, many)
Syria (family of my friend)
Kuwait (I did a service call with my dad along time ago for Kuwaitis)
Iraq (school mate)
Iran (school mate)
Pakistan (my parents' neighbours)
India (guy who ran for the NDP last time in Ottawa South)
China (many)
Japan (school mate)
Taiwan (friend of tux's)
Australia (random people)
Sri Lanka (I met a ninja from there Wink )
Bangladesh (friends of my mom's)
Vietnam (couchsurfer)
Thailand (school mate)
ETA: Switzerland: Played some Swiss curlers a couple of years ago, and sold some Swiss curlers some stuff at the pro shop last year
That's all I can think of right now. I know there's more, though.
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« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2009, 11:40:42 am »
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Let's see, many of these people are first generation immigrants who live in the US:

North America and Carribean: Canada, Mexico

Europe: Ireland, UK (Wales and England), Germany, Italy, Finland,

Asia: China, India, Pakistan, Taiwan (I have met lots of second generation Japanese immigrants, but never 1st gen)

Pacific: New Zealand, Philippines (I've probably met an Australian, but I don't remember)

South America: Brazil

Africa: South Africa


Not many different countries, but geographically diverse.



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