Controlling at my 200th country and territory around the world, I took the opportunity to control at Norfolk Island, with strong winds presenting a strong challenge to all pilots who came. Those who came in their spitfires, of course, did experience quite bumpy weather and some interesting skills were displayed, to say the least.
Rising steeply from the ocean floor some 3 kilometres below, this is a popular diving spot that is often illegal to visit. Visiting this island requires a permit from the French government, and not having one could lead to the vessel you used to visit the area possibly impounded and confiscated.
Located in the Mozambique Channel, Europa Island was the centre of attention when used partly to study the breeding habits of green turtles. Other than that, this island remains a possession of France, despite being well over 9 hours away by air.
The Glorioso Islands are two coral islands north of Madagascar, and are considered to be territories of France. At the same time, Comoros and Seychelles lay claim on the island. It is now considered to be marine protected area, preserving endangered flora and fauna that are on the islands.
Another island that belongs to France, Juan de Nova Island has a small garrison with a number of troops stationed there. The island is also a nature preserve, often times having scientists on the island with research work happening every so often.
Tromelin Island is another island in the Indian Ocean with claims being laid by Mauritius and France, though it is administered by France and is named after Jacques Marie Boudin de Tromelin de La Nuguy who rescued enslaved islanders who were on the island for 15 years.
The Netherland Antilles are a group of islands that collectively form the Netherland Antilles. Being made up of Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, they are considered to be a part of the Netherlands, with travel between these islands and the European Union being unhindered due to them being considered a part of the Netherlands.
Guernsey was once a part of mainland Europe some 8,000 years ago, though rising sea levels have since separated them from the mainland. That said, the island wasn’t neglected in the time since, with it being home to one of the world’s largest tidal ranges where locals and tourists often visit.
Jersey, officially known as Bailiwick of Jersey, is a channel island that lays closer to France than it does to the United Kingdom. Despite that, it is considered to be a British Crown Dependency, meaning that it is defended and represented internationally by the government of the United Kingdom. It was once a favourite holiday destination of Karl Marx, and was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War, with remnants of the war still present to this day.
Belgium, a country famous for Formula 1 fans, playing host to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which while probably the second fastest track so far this year and the longest track in the whole season, was the shortest race with the longest lap times for reasons I’m sure we all know of. As quick as it was, the track was deadly, with the most recent casualty being Anthoine Hubert, a Renault Motorsport development driver who was gaining momentum throughout the season until that point.
I need not say more than Denmark being the home to Lego. Having spent possibly months assembling Lego models with my friends, this is something I’m really looking forward to getting back into, though time is something that I rarely have in this day and age.
Ukraine is the largest country in Europe, with it being the home to the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Reactors. It’s a mysterious place that remains closed off to this day as a result of radioactive contamination, though clean up efforts, as well as efforts to open the place to tourists, has been ongoing.
The Czech Republic is thought to be one of the safest countries in the world to live in. Often being placed in the top 10 globally even. It also has well over half a million foreigners living within its borders, which may not sound like a lot, but when you factor that they are a country of just under 11 million, that’s a lot of foreigners.
Kraków John Paul II International Airport (EPKK/KRK)
Poland is well known for a lot of reasons, while often times it could be bad, I tend to remember them for good reasons. Particularly so, Polish Vodka tends to give me a good time, and it’s that reason alone, which is why I love Poland. It was also home to the tallest structure in the world until 1991, when the Warsaw radio mast stood at a height of about 640 meters.
Slovenia is home to well over 8,000 caves, 30,000 kilometers of rivers and streams, as well as half the country being protected land, Slovenia has a nation is one that is adventurous and loves the outdoors. And if that’s not something you wish to take part in, you could always sit back and have some wine, given that they have a vineyard for every 7 people in the country.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country with a rich but complex history. Being a relatively young country, only legally and officially formed in 1995, the country has endured violence and civil unrest, most famously with the Bosnian War. Though with the war ongoing at the time, the Sarajevo Film Festival was debuted, with it being the most popular film festival in the Balkans today.
Slovakia is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, it was a part of Czechoslovakia until it’s independence was recognised in 1993. It borders Ukraine to the north, Hungary to the south, Czech Republic to the northwest and Austria to the west, and has an extreme mountainous landscape, ideal for those who wish to go hiking and exploring.
This year, Jeddah played host to the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which was the penultimate race of the thrilling 2021 F1 Season. As intriguing as this race was, this was a race filled with controversy, with the two title protagonists, coming together in what can only be described as a highly unusual set of circumstances. While the race was an enjoyable race to watch from the entertainment’s perspective, I hope to never see a repeat of what happened that weekend.