“Gunnar has been to every country twice?!! Wtf!” was my reaction when I first read the news of Gunnar Garfors.
“No country deserves to be visited only once, and I decided to revisit every country in the world” Gunnar explains.
No country deserves to be visited only once?? What about “No country deserves to be visited for a day or two?”
“Another reason to do it is that people and places change, just like your hometown and the country you live in. That I have been in a country 15-20 years ago doesn’t exactly make me an expert on it anymore, if it ever did.”
Yeah, if it ever did! It's true people and places change. Yet, it is truer that you don't get to see much of that change in the short time you visit. What's more, you do not meet the same people so you have no way of knowing how they have changed, you can only observe the physical space. And, you don't really need to go to all countries once more to see the effects of time.
“Oops, I did it again!"
That's the title of Gunnar's announcement.
“The last two years I have visited the 20 least-visited countries on the planet. And many others. Primarily to research my next book which is due in April 2019, but during research I realized that no country deserves to be visited only once. So I decided to visit every country in the world, all 198, for a second time.
I finished on December 16, when I landed in Tallinn, Estonia after a little bit of a world-tour to ten countries on three continents in three weeks. No one else has visited every country twice, making this my tenth travel related world record. But that was never the motivation.”
Really?? That was never the motivation? It's quite difficult to make us believe that statement.
“I met people with incredible stories, saw jawdropping sites and sceneries and found myself left with countless unforgettable experiences.”
I wish we heard some of these incredible stories. Some insight somewhere. Again, superficial words. That's the trademark of “world travellers”, every country chasers these days. Look at them. All are trying to show off how great they are! They are in a pissing match.
So are we going to go for third and fourth rounds now? And then the fifth? Is he raising the bar? What kind of a madness is this? Do these people think they are achieving nirvana or getting rockstar status by crossing some arbitrary line just because they are called borders? When are they going to shed their society-imposed blindness, when will they see the pointlessness of borders and boasting about crossing them? I suppose it's too much to expect much out of this crowd who are so full of themselves; such monumental egos! I thought there was something wrong with me; I was asking “What kind of a psychological problem does doing three round-the-world tours point to?” But no, I realize I'm just so fine when I see these people.
Obviously they believe they are doing something special and/or becoming something special doing these “travels”. Otherwise, they wouldn't have done it or wouldn't be bragging about it like this. They think they are the greatest. While actually they are in a race to be the most stupidest (I know that's wrong English, I should either say “the most stupid” or “the stupidest” but stupidity of this size requires more superlatives, for emphasis ;) and they are not aware. The most stupidest to spend one's money and time on flights, visas and the logistics of it all for such short visits, what's more, to do it twice!
Gunnar says “Will I do it a third time? I'm not that innocent.”
What has innocence got to do with it? I suppose he meant to say “I'm not that naive” and used that naive in the sense of “stupid.”
In his blurb for his second book “Elsewhere” it writes:
“Garfors still doesn't think such world records count as travel, merely calling them records in logistics.”
Yeah yeah. Good for him he doesn't count world records as travel but records in logistic. But then one feels compelled to ask: “Why would you want to break a record and do it twice?” Also why do you then promote yourself as a travel guru? You may say he doesn't do that, but he is all over the media for what he has done and is seen as an expert in travel. I'm not saying that he is not. Just drawing attention to the essence. After all, he has promoted himself in the media with “Regardless of progress, I’ll publish photos every day on social media, using #everycountrytwice”, not #logisticsexpert!
“Normally he travels at a relaxing pace, taking his time to properly explore every destination and getting to know those that live there.”
So we are supposed to believe he normally travels at a relaxing pace taking his time to properly explore every destination and getting to know those that live there? Where does this guy find all this time? I thought he was working. Even if not, with all the running around for the records, how does he find the time to travel at a relaxed pace? How old is he anyway, how much time could he have spent in all these places? What's his idea of a relaxing pace and properly exploring a place? How does he get to know people who live there? I feel like throwing my hands up in the air and giving up. It's so easy to just shoot bullshit today, and people believe it. Without questioning.
To Gunnar's credit, he does not say “I am and will always be the first person in history to have been to every country twice.”
I said it, I mean wrote it to Thor too. He keeps iterating how it's never been done and he'll be the first in history. It's no secret he is fed up and finding it very difficult, and I suppose we are among the few who can conceive how trying it is what he's doing. On the other hand...
“Just think of this... How would people who live in a borderless world and see this current state of the world like the way we see Apartheid or slavery today look at you and your project? How would those future generations look at you?
Someone in that distant future would be just travelling to all the “countries” without the need to get any visas or cross any borders in no significant amount of time; s/he might even trace your exact steps, only without the visa and border hassles. How long would it take? Definitely less than a year.
What do you think they'd think of you? I'd say they'd think you a fool. So I'd beware if I were you, lest you go down history as a laughing stock while intending to be written as the biggest hero in history ;)”
Trouble is... These recorders get all the hype, all the attention. The people I look up to do not have their names all over the media, so many people do not even know about them. I wish, rather than the racers, Anthony Asael was known by everybody in the community. Of course I also wish that my project was more respected, popular and followed.
Gunnar can go to #EveryCountry twice and "make friends" because he has the right passport and the money. Thor can go to every country overland too because he has the right passport and money. Other people die to just move around the world they were born on. Not only because they do not have the money, but even if they do have some, they are obliged to spend it on smugglers as the Global Apartheid political system, the #EconomicApartheid we have does not allow them to get a visa and get on a plane. Because they do not have the right passport!
Let's not have HumanityWashedAshore
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