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Vatican City is recognized as a country. For example the CIA's World Factbook and UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office both refer to it as a country. What I suggest: count it as a country, but raise your target to 51. Win-win. :-)
Vatican City is generally recognized as a country by most authorities, and has international recognition as such. It may not be a very big country (indeed, it is smaller than the US Pentagon), but it is a country nonetheless. If your goal is purely on the number of countries reached, then you should definitely count it as one (and you should also visit San ...
If the Interwebz are to be believed, that would be Yuma, Arizona. According to the town's website (also backed by National Climatic Data Center), 91% of the time it's sunny there, amounting to more than 4000 hours of sunshine annually -- which apparently is also a Guiness World Record. Other sources also concur this: Current Results also lists the top 10 ...
Vatican City is definitely a country. It is recognized as such in 1929 by a treaty with Italy. It is not a revival of the Papal States. Size doesn't matter for being a country (there is another small country in Italy: San Marino). When you have visited Vatican City, you can say that you have been in the smallest country in the world. It might be the most ...
In addition to being listed separately in publications like the CIA World Factbook, Vatican City also has its own ISO-3166 domain: .va. The title for 3166 is "Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions", which could imply a subdivision of Italy, except... The United Nations was a party to Vatican City receiving its own ...
Imagine you've reached 50 countries, including Vatican City. Would you feel you've achieved your goal? There's the answer to your question. Your opinion is the only thing that matters here. Personally, I feel England, Scotland and Wales are separate countries, but that Vatican City is just part of Italy. Fortunately, I'm not a diplomat.
Driving to Lake Lucerne have a look and go on to reach the Grimsel Pass. I like doing this by car or motorbike. Another day trip would be Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen, which is the largest plain waterfall in Europe.
One regularly used definition of a country is whether it's a member of the United Nations. The Vatican is not, it has observer status. However, it most certainly is an independent territory, which probably is a better definition in this context as compared to 'country', anyway. Or, perhaps you should make your objective to visit 50 countries and independent ...
Mar del Plata might be only city satisfying your criteria. The rest are either not very good for swimming or only have life in the summer. If you want cities not by the sea but near lakes or rivers, you should consider Mendoza, Bariloche, Rosario and Villa Carlos Paz.
The crux here is the meaning of the word "country". Several arguments are presented in this thread to justify that Vatican is a country: existence of an ISO-3166 domain, an entry in the CIA factbook, passages from the Lateran Pact, etc. My preferred definition of a "country" is the following one You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an ...
I personally collect the badges/patches and then stich them to the backpack. It's a nice reminder of where you've been, is available for all countries and it's cheap. Also starts a lot of great conversations when people can see they've been to the same places as you. I'll try get up a photo of mine later :)
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