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Miodrag Colic

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Miodrag Colic

Age: 61
Member since:  2014-03-06
Overall rank:

291

Scores:
406
NM1281
193
UN
215
UN+
232
TCC
 
WHS
KYE
301
MTP

Bio

I started to travel before the end of secondary school and a bit more during my university studies. While my peers would go to Italy to shop for clothes, I saved money from part-time work for an Inter-rail ticket and that made me very happy. That is a student ticket covering all the railways in Europe, it is valid for a month, and you just need to fill in the stops you intend to make on your journey. A sleeping bag was a necessary part of my luggage. I made use of it in the most varied circumstances: during the nights on a ferry to the Greek islands, near a canal in Venice, in the port of Piraeus, on a Spanish beach, and it also came in handy on night trains. This way I was able to travel through most of Europe at the time. Every summer I visited new places in Europe and then even ventured further afield. Unfortunately I did not reach Morocco in the summer of 1979 as we fell into a deep sleep on a beach in Torremolinos in the south of Spain and woke up to realise we had been robbed. The following June I saw Death on the Nile and told myself that I had to go there. That same summer I spent one month in Egypt on a student exchange programme. My first bigger, intercontinental journey was carried out with my brother and my friend Nenad Pandurović in 1986 when I was already in a full time job; I used my annual holiday allowance for this, as well as the advance on next year’s holiday, in confidence. It was an unforgettable journey through India, Nepal and Thailand. That was the point of no return – after that I never stopped looking for a new destination. And just like they say you can enter India through a hundred doors and there is no way back out, there was no way I could get out – either out of India, to which I returned several times, nor out of the magic circle of my journeys. In the subsequent years, the number of travels increased while the number of countries on my map decreased. Often I would use an opportunity when I travelled abroad on business, whether it was a study project or a congress, to find the time to get to know the country I was visiting and sometimes the neighbouring ones too. A lot later circumstances allowed me to plan my work-related trip according to a new destination I wanted to visit. Even later, the journey became an end in itself, an end in achieving, what my friend, a Slovenian film director, Tomaž Pandur described as my mission – to visit all the countries in the world. That is how, following my own thoughts, I got to the end of the mission. Perhaps that was the end of a formal mission. The reality is that I will keep going back to those places that attracted me the most. I would like to show them to other people who would be willing to join me, and above all to my children. Travelling is a time consuming business and I had to find the time. Because of that during certain periods I just had to snatch the time away – from my family, from my friends and colleagues, from my profession...Even though some of them accompanied me on some trips, I knew that I was missed many times and I also knew that I could have done more for them during the time I spent travelling. Yet perhaps they did more for me, in this way, showing patience and understanding for my travels. As a Yugoslav citizen and then as a Serbian citizen I always needed a visa for virtually any country in the world, even the tiniest most remote ones, and especially for the ‘developed world’ countries and Europe; yet that was never a reason for me to give up a trip. On the contrary, applying for a visa has always been an integral part of travelling, the beginning of anticipation and excitement, followed by studying the country’s official stamp in my passport. It was almost like the chosen country extended a welcome through this stamp and sent you an invite to visit it. This is actually already the second phase of the journey. The first one is when the idea is born with the initial excitement and enthusiasm. Then I would acquaint myself with just the basic facts about the new object of my passion and leave the rest to the immediate experience at the destination. I approached each country with an open mind, without getting advice from the media or other travellers, as I did not want to see anything that would discourage me from visiting a country. Even though each country left a profound impression on me, I cannot deny the fact that some countries were closer to my heart than others, not only because of my own experience of them, but also because objectively they can offer more than the rest. It could be that primal emotional ties are formed through history of past centuries coupled with picturesque local cultures and getting close to the good people who live there. The freedom of expressing myself through what I have seen I described in the book My journey around the world, which I devote to those who are willing to understand the passion of travel. I hope there are many of them and that there will be even more of them if I could only open a little bit the door to their curiosity and an alternative view of the world – a world which is always nicer than how we see at the moment.

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SOUTHERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2002 2002
2002 2002
1981 1981
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
Don't remember Don't remember
1980 1980
1980 1980
2009 2009
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
Don't remember Don't remember
1982 1982
1999 1999
1999 1999
2008 2008
Don't remember Don't remember
2011 2011
1980 1980
1993 1993
Don't remember Don't remember
1982 1982
Don't remember Don't remember
1990 1990
1990 1990
Don't remember Don't remember
Don't remember Don't remember
2002 2002
1980 1980
Don't remember Don't remember
2008 2008
1987 1987
2013 2013
1981 1981
2013 2013
1987 1987
2011 2011
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2006 2006
1980 1980
1987 1987
1987 1987
2005 2005
1982 1982
1995 1995
2005 2005
1982 1982
1982 1982
1988 1988
1982 1982
1988 1988
1988 1988
1987 1987
2000 2000
1988 1988
1988 1988

WESTERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2010 2010
Don't remember Don't remember
2002 2002
1980 1980
1980 1980
1982 1982
1982 1982
Don't remember Don't remember
2007 2007
Don't remember Don't remember
2007 2007
2010 2010
1980 1980
2000 2000
1980 1980
2013 2013
1982 1982
2003 2003
1980 1980
1980 1980
2007 2007
2007 2007

NORTHERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2012 2012
2003 2003
2000 2000
2000 2000
2003 2003
2014 2014
2003 2003
2014 2014
2012 2012
2000 2000

EASTERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2007 2007
1996 1996
1980 1980
1993 1993
2009 2009
1980 1980
Don't remember Don't remember
2009 2009
2009 2009
2008 2008
2007 2007
2000 2000
1999 1999
2003 2003
2000 2000
2000 2000
2008 2008
2014 2014
2000 2000
2000 2000
2000 2000
2000 2000
2010 2010
2004 2004
2004 2004
2004 2004

NORTHERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2000 2000
Don't remember Don't remember

CENTRAL ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2011 2011
2006 2006
2011 2011
2007 2007
2007 2007
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2011 2011
2010 2010

EASTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1996 1996
1996 1996
1996 1996
1996 1996
2013 2013
2013 2013
2011 2011
1998 1998
2011 2011
1996 1996
1996 1996
1996 1996
1996 1996
2011 2011
2011 2011
2003 2003
2003 2003
2009 2009
2002 2002

WESTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2006 2006
1999 1999
1997 1997
1982 1982
2000 2000
2000 2000
2000 2000
2000 2000
2000 2000
2009 2009
2009 2009
1983 1983
1983 1983
1996 1996
1998 1998
1998 1998
1998 1998
2004 2004
2001 2001
2006 2006
2005 2005
2012 2012
2005 2005
2012 2012
2006 2006
1999 1999
2001 2001
2001 2001
2007 2007
2000 2000
2000 2000
2009 2009

SOUTHERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
1989 1989
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
1989 1989
1989 1989
1986 1986
1986 1986
1997 1997
1997 1997
1989 1989
1986 1986
2006 2006
2006 2006
1989 1989
1989 1989

SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
1996 1996
1996 1996
1996 1996
2006 2006
2006 2006
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
1993 1993
2012 2012
1993 1993
2002 2002
2002 2002
2003 2003
1986 1986
1993 1993
1993 1993
2011 2011
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006

NORTHERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2004 2004
2004 2004
1982 1982
1982 1982
2006 2006
2006 2006
1982 1982
2002 2002
2002 2002
1988 1988
1988 1988
1988 1988
1988 1988
2009 2009
1991 1991
1991 1991
2011 2011

WESTERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2008 2008
2010 2010
2007 2007
2007 2007
2010 2010
1994 1994
2003 2003
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2004 2004
2010 2010
2010 2010
2004 2004
2008 2008
2010 2010
2010 2010
2003 2003
2008 2008

CENTRAL AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2002 2002
2009 2009
2009 2009
2003 2003
2002 2002
2003 2003
2003 2003
2003 2003
2003 2003

EASTERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2011 2011
2012 2012
2002 2002
2009 2009
2009 2009
2004 2004
2004 2004
2004 2004
2014 2014
1997 1997
2002 2002
2002 2002
2011 2011
2007 2007
2009 2009
2012 2012
1997 1997
1997 1997
1997 1997
1997 1997
1997 1997

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2003 2003
1999 1999
2006 2006
2006 2006
2012 2012
2006 2006
2003 2003