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"The sun never sets on the Mattopian Empire."

That observation was first made back in the historic start-up days of the Irish-Dutch East Mattopia Compagnie (affectionately dubbed "McIdea") and it still holds true today.


Top five destinations in the Mattopian Union:
1. Paris
2. Amsterdam
3. Dublin
4. New York City
5. London


Mattopia Jones' single longest trip to the EU:
10 months


Best advice received while on the road:
"Walk it off."
- Doctor at St. Bart's in London after three rounds of X-rays on my ankle
"Keep an eye on your luggage."
- A well-dressed man advised me on a night train from Tangier to Marrakech (long story)
"Don't take any shit from anybody."
- Billy Joel at several concerts


Favorite nicknames earned on the road:
White Jamaican
Berberman
Fish & Chips


Favorite vineyard:
Chateau Paloumey, Medoc Region of Bordeaux


Best Turkish baths:
Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul, Turkey
Hotel Gellert, Budapest, Hungary


Perfect pint:
St. James's Gate, Dublin, Ireland


Worst pint:
Pub at Den Haag Centraal Station
(Update December 2012: The pub has closed - and apparently won't reopen - as part of the station's renovations.)


Worst lunch:
Gates Factory, Suzhou, China


Number of Leatherman Micras
confiscated at airports:
4

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