Ken Ozanne

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Ken Ozanne

Age: 77
Member since:  2014-06-12
Overall rank:

57

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708
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156
UN
208
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243
TCC
260
WHS
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521
MTP

Bio

I travelled only within Australia until 1965 when I travelled to England by ship via a few countries in South Asia, North Africa and Southern Europe. I lived in England for 2 years and took the opportunity to see some of Western Europe and the British Isles. I was then newly married to my wife of 43 years, who died 13-1-2008 to my lasting sorrow. Almost all my travels for those 43 years were with her. Since then I have lived mostly in Australia but I have lived also in Canada, USA (3 times) and Switzerland. I think that's all but my son would say that I have lived in more countries than that and many more times in the USA and UK. I don't know any generally accepted criteria for living in a country. I have been alive in every country I have visited. I worked mostly as a mathematician and have been retired for 15 years. I have circumnavigated the globe 13 times (I think) in continuous travel, more than that if you count combinations in different trips.That is counting this year, though I am currently in Carriacou (1 July 2014) and have another six weeks (of six months travel) before I expect to reach home. 2015 took me to a few places in Western Europe that I hadn't previously visited. including a dozen or so Scottish islands to add to my tally. Spent a bit of time in Canada, mostly Newfoundland and a few weeks in the US before turning around and only making it 3/4 of the way around the world. I also had a separate trip to NZ (South Island only) which took me to all the NP I had not previously visited and a few that I had. My wildlife highlights were mostly coastal or nearly so - a huge number of gannets in the Shetlands, a Minke whale in St Pierre and six species of albatross in one day at Kaikoura. I'll be off again 16th February 2016, booked to go around the world for the 14th time I think. The more exciting bits will be visits to a dozen African countries, mostly west coast and mostly among those I have not visited previously. Also a month in Alaska, BC, Yukon and NW Territories. I'll be home again in June (fastest RTW ever for me) and away again in October and November to see some parts of New Guinea that will be new to me. I'll have about 10 days in Kruger, should see lots of animals there. I'm told that moose outnumber cars on some of the Canadian roads I'll travel so I have high hopes of seeing a lot of wildlife there. If I'm lucky, I might get to one or two of the four US NP that I haven't visited.

Update 9-7-2017:

I think I am up to 15 times RTW now, though that is counting this year when I'm only 5 months into an 8 1/2 month trip. I did the trip outlined above for 2016, cutting my list of US National Parks unvisited to 3 and revisiting quite a few others. Kruger was suffering a continuing drought and I only saw about 1200 large animals in 10 days. Nor did the moose outnumber the cars anywhere in Alaska, the Yukon or the North West Territories. But I did see a few and quite a few wood buffalo (subspecies of American bison) and more wild black and brown bears than I had seen previously. (I'm hoping to see some white ones in a week or two.) I visited about a dozen new countries last year - my most for a while. The majority of them in West Africa.

This year my travels started in February with a cruise from Brisbane to Singapore. I visited East Timor for the first time and got to see the dragons on Komodo Island. I visited Jurong Bird Park for the first time in a while and became unpleasantly aware of my physical deterioration while there. But I am becoming increasingly interested in birding and this was among my most enjoyable visits.

I then flew to Chenai and proceeded to visit ten Indian states that I hadn't previously seen plus a few that I had. The largest part of that was a rather exhausting 32 day tour of the seven sister states and little brother Sikkim. I learned that winter is not the best time for visiting the Himalaya - some of the roads were really dangerous. For me the greatest highlights were Kaziranga and Manas National Parks in Assam. Kaziranga has more wild rhino than the rest of the world combined and would be well worth visiting even without them. Manas has pygmy hogs - perhaps the world's most endangered mammal species. I was lucky enough to see three of them, even if I missed out on seeing the tigers that live in both parks.

I saw the banyan tree in Kolkata botanical gardens, noticing considerable growth since my last visit over thirty years ago. My driver organized an electric cart for me there and I saw essentially everything there - much more than I had done when I was fully mobile.

Ahmedabad (my last-visited Indian city of over 5 million people), Mumbai and on to Sri Lanka for a 20 day tour that included 5 of the 8 world heritage sites and a goodly number of national parks and a beach or three. This tour was also rather tiring, especially when it involved climbing to the backs of various safari vehicles. I was mostly looking for birds and I saw a lot but the quality of my guides varied down to the one who gave me positive misidentifications for at least six species where my photos were good enough to prove him wrong.

Back to India for a few days of rest in Delhi and on to Kazakhstan for a week and Kyrgyzstan for a bit more. I saw a good deal more of Kazakhstan than I had previously but not as much as I had hoped. Kyrgyzstan was entirely new to me and I saw a lot of the country for the time I had.

From Bishkek to Moldova for a few days and then Belarus for the very limited time (120 hours) that an Australian can visit without a visa. These were the only European countries I had not previously visited and I thought I made excellent use of my very limited time. I got to visit the 'country' of Trans Dniester and I visited all but one of the world heritage sites in Belarus. That included my first view of European bison, still a pretty endangered species, some other European animals I had not previously seen and more European storks than I had seen in any other country except Lithuania.

A brief visit to Warsaw and thence to Cornwall where I have had nearly a month, taking things pretty quietly apart from a few birding outings. On Wednesday I shall fly to Canada for a few days, ending in Iqaluit (capital of Nunavut) where I pick up a cruise that will take me to Greenland.

Thence back to Canada, South-west USA for a few weeks, then fly to the Marshall Islands (another new country for me), all four of the federated states of Micronesia, Guam and Palau (my last new country for the year). From there homewards via the Philipines, Indonesia and maybe Malaysia and Singapore.

 

 

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Geography

Rank: 34
Score: 531

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Rank: 40
Score: 752

Transport

Rank: 67
Score: 473

Intellectual

Rank: 238
Score: 220

Outdoors

Rank: 51
Score: 248

Mini-series

Rank: 241
Score: 38

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