Don’t we live in such an awesome world?
I hope your answer is Yes.
For me, it is a massive YES.
We are so fortunate to live in this spectacular place that we call home. And by home I mean our world, our planet Earth.
The world does not need an introduction however, but sometime it is good to remember some interesting facts about our amazing and small world.
The world is a beautiful place filled with beautiful people, animals, landscapes, seas, oceans, blue skies filled with sunshine, grey skies, white snow, and many more wonderful things.
Every natural creation in our planet is perfect by design and it all fits together like an enormous jigsaw.
As well as the natural creations, there are also many amazing things created by us, such as cities, buildings, monuments and art.
They are not natural wonders, but they are wonders of the human hand.
We are new in this world
The world has existed for billions of years, yet human civilisation as we know it has only been around for about 6,000 years.
So we are still new in this world, but in the time that we have lived on this planet humanity has advanced exponentially, so much so that we can travel to practically anywhere on the planet.
I believe that our humanity and existence cannot be taken for granted and whilst we are here, we must try to find as much time as possible to get out there and discover our world.
From space, our world is spectacular. It is a work of art. A Masterpiece.
It is circular in shape and filled with about 70% blue and 30% shades of brown and green. On top of these colours are scattered shades of grey and white. This is our world.
The world is small.
It seems big to us, but in relation to the enormity of space, the world is small.
Just think how small the world really is with the following examples.
From Stockholm, you could fly to Sydney in 21 hours; London to Lima in 13 hours; Hong Kong to Honolulu in 13 hours; New York to Nairobi in 16 hours; and from Dublin to Dubai in 8 hours.
If we were to live on one of the larger planets like Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter or Neptune, we would need a lot more time to get from one place to another.
For example, approximately 318 planet Earths can fit inside the size of Jupiter. Therefore, imagine the time we would spend travelling if we lived there.
I am glad I live on Earth!
We are lucky. We can be mostly anywhere in 24 hours.
I believe that we should make the most of our time on Earth and see as much of our amazing world as possible.
We just need to plan and make the time for it and I believe that there is always a way to make your travel dreams happen.
How many countries?
I believe that there are more than 200 countries in our world.
However, the UN country list only recognises 193 countries, but Lonely Planet recognises 221.
I would like to accept the UN list, but I can’t! I am Welsh and therefore my country is Wales.
The UN only lists the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, rather than listing England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales as separate countries.
From speaking to a lot of people about this over the years, most people use the UN list as their basis and then they end up having a personal list of their own like me.
For example, I have visited 64 countries on the Lonely Planet list and 61 on the UN list.
Let’s take an example. The UK is included in the UN list of 193 countries, but let’s remove it for a moment and replace it with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Then, then the list of countries increases to 196. Now, let’s add for instance Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet and Vatican City and the list is now 200. Also, we have the issue of Antarctica. Even though it is a continent, I think we should add it as a country too. So, that makes a total of 201 countries.
I recommend you have your own list and it is a subject of debate, but there is no right or wrong in my opinion, apart from perhaps adding Wales to the UN list!
6 or 7 Continents
There is also a lot of discussion about the number of Continents often depending on where you come from.
I have met people who believe or have been taught that there are 6 or 7 continents.
When it’s 6, the continents are: Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, Antarctica and The Americas.
When it’s 7, the continents are: Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, Antarctica, North America and South America.
There are 5 oceans. The Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and the Southern.
Let us remember that our planet has always been dominated by water with more than 70% of the world comprising of oceans and seas today.
Millions of years ago when the continents were just one (Pangaea), more than 90% of the world consisted of oceans and seas.
It makes you think why are we not called water instead of earth!
The lucky ones
I believe that we are all lucky to live in this world right now and that there is no better time in history to travel than now.
Like all great travellers before us, it is your time to get out there and experience the world.
This is your age of discovery. You are the purveyor of your life with all of your dreams, experiences and adventures to look forward to.
Our world is small and you are the future of travel.
Culem First Collection
You are probably wondering why I have been highlighting all of these differences in the continents and countries. The main reasons is that it took me a long time to decide whether to put 6 or 7 continents on the caseback engravings of the watches.
I decided on 6 from a design point of view, as it is symmetrical and looks perfect. However, I will make additional collections individually focused on each of the 7 continents. So, in a way I am covering both bases and do not want any continent to be left out.
The world is exquisite by design and you will see it in all its grandeur on all of the watches in my first collection. However, you will have to wait until the Spring 2019. But, it will be worth it!
Go Travel. Make your world a masterpiece. But, don’t forget your Culem.
Every Culem watch in the upcoming collection has a masterpiece of the world.
And I promise you, if you travel with your Culem, it will mean the world to you.
The purpose of this blog was to just to remind us about our amazing small world and think about your future travelling it.
In future posts, I will write about some of my experiences over the years in each of the continents and how my travels have inspired my journey with Culem watches.
Thank you for reading. M.