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6573 Nights*

You probably could infer from my posts “The Year in Cities” that I have been keeping track of where I’ve  traveled in the world.  In fact, I have full records going back to the start of 1998 of where I spent each evening. I finally did some analysis on all that data to characterize which cities I spent the most time in.  The data breaks down nicely into order of magnitudes.

Thousands

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands (2128)
    It is hard to believe but sometime in March 2016 we’ll have spent longer living in Amsterdam than we did in Calgary. We’re approaching eight years living in the Netherlands and we’re still enjoying it all.
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada (1600)
    If I had kept records starting in 1995, it is likely that Calgary would be in first place on the list. Still a great city and one I would live in once again.
  • Katy, Texas, USA (1436)
    Five and a bit years on the west side of Houston; Robin did a lot with horses, I built a garden railroad, and we saw a lot of the Southwest in our RV.

Hundreds

  • Houston, Texas, USA (165)
    This is all work related.  I traveled to Houston regularly when I worked in Calgary, but in the past three years, I’ve traveled there a lot more often as one of my larger teams is based there.
  • Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada (144)
    Our home base in Canada since 2008. Robin and I have a strong attachment to the area and Robin’s idea to buy a place here in 2008 was a great one.  I only usually get to spend a week or two a year here but it has become home in many ways.

Tens

  • Sarnia, Ontario, Canada (84)
    Another place that would have been much higher in the list if I had kept records earlier, my time spent here is almost all related to visits for work, except for one night in 2010 to see Rush at Bayfest to keep a promise my friend Randy and I made in the early 1990’s to see them if they ever played Sarnia again.
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada (46)
    It was a sad day when Shell announced the closure of the Montreal East Refinery as trips to Montreal were always some of my favorite business trips. Robin joined me on my last business trip there as we needed to renew our US visas and it was easiest to do it on this trip.
  • Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada (44)
    The location of our family cottage which my parents bought in 1968.  We haven’t been there as much in the past few years, but we did spend the turn of the century there as well as celebrating my sister’s wedding there in 2010.
  • Somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean (38)
    These are all airplane flights to Europe, probably about 80% for work and 20% for personal reasons.
  • St Thomas, Ontario, Canada (35)
    St Thomas is still home for Robin’s parents.  All of our stays here are before we bought our place in Port Stanley.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA (34)
    Another city where I spent several weeks at a time doing engineering studies at our chemical plant there.
  • Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada (34)
    Again, business.
  • Fernie, British Columbia, Canada (28)
    Our time in Fernie was all related to several holidays we took there in the late ’90’s at a friend’s ski cabin in the summertime.  We almost bought a condo on the ski hill back then, but that’s another story.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (28)
    About 80% business and 20% pleasure, Robin and I spent a couple of trips to New Orleans enjoying the food and atmosphere of the Big Easy.
  • Tokyo, Japan (28)
    One of my favorite places to visit, all my trips there have been pre-2008 and all on business.  I certainly would like to make at least one more visit there and would add a week or more of travel to see more of Japan.
  • Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (27)
    The city I grew up in, but a place I haven’t visited in a long time as my family has all moved to other places.
  • Sugar Land, Texas, USA (25)
    Another town on the outskirts of Houston, these visits are also related to work.
  • Auburndale, Florida, USA (25)
    The town where my dad and stepmother have a winter place. Robin and I did several trips there when we lived in Katy: several by plane and a couple in our RV.
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (23)
    Work.
  • Paris, France (22)
    About 50% work and 50% visiting.  Robin’s time in Paris is much higher than mine as she attended the Cordon Bleu cooking school there in 2010 for 5 weeks.
  • Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands (21)
    The old training center for Shell was located here and many people remember their time here quite fondly as its remoteness caused course attendees to spend a lot of time together.
  • Chester, Great Britain (18)
    Another work location, I managed a team located here for four years.  Beautiful old city.
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (16)
    More work here.
  • Somewhere over the Pacific (16)
    Flights returning from Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
  • Rijswijk, Netherlands (15)
    The location of our other big office in the Netherlands, at times I’ll stay over rather commute back and forth to Amsterdam.
  • Oakville, Ontario, Canada (14)
    The city where my sister and her husband live now.
  • London, Great Britain (13)
    Mostly for pleasure, I have spent some time there on business the past few years.
  • Brantford, Ontario, Canada (11)
    The city where our daughter, her husband and our granddaughter now live.
  • Secaucus, New Jersey, USA (10)
    Done all in one visit, this trip was  to finalize the process design for Shell’s first upgrader located in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.

ONES

  • There is, of course, a long tail of cities between 1 and 10 nights visited: 162 cities in total from Austin, Texas, USA to Zermatt, Switzerland.

 

*The title of the post was inspired by the Moody Blues song “22,000 Days“.