vWe are in Panama City, Panama, having a fabulous, if brief visit. This view of downtown is taken from the Hilton Panama on Balboa Avenue.

This is our first visit to the country of Panama in Central America. This means that we get to update our progress on The Travelers’ Century Club List of 324 Destinations.

The Travelers’ Century Club, or TCC, is a club for people who have visited 100 or more of the world’s countries and territories. Founded in California in 1954, the club now has regional chapters throughout the U.S. and several locations around the world.

The TCC list should not be confused with the United Nations list of recognized countries, of which there are currently 193.

The TCC list of countries and territories includes not only sovereign states but also certain territories, exclaves and island groups. The club literature notes that “although some are not actually countries in their own right, they have been included because they are removed from parent, either geographically, politically or ethnologically.”  For example, Alaska, the U.S. state where Mr. Jones was born, counts as one of the 324 “countries and territories” on the TCC list.

Anyone who has visited 100 or more of the places on the list is eligible to join. The club has no requirements as to how long the traveler must have stayed in a country to qualify. Travelers who have visited 75 or more of the list places can become provisional members.

In case you are interested in what The Travelers’ Century Club counts as a destination on the list, see the list below.  We have noted in BOLD those destinations that we have visited, allowing us to track our progress.

Our current total count is 101 for Mrs. Jones and 99 for Mr. Jones.  Since we both travel separately for work, there are some minor differences.

PACIFIC OCEAN (39)

  • Australia 
  • Bismark Archipelago (New Ireland, New Britain, Bougainville, Admiralty Islands)
  • Chatham Islands
  • Cook Islands (Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Penrhyn)
  • Easter Island
  • Fiji Islands
  • French Polynesia (Tahiti, Tuamotu, Austral, Gambier)
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Guam
  • Hawaiian Islands
  • Juan Fernandez Islands (Robinson Crusoe Is.)
  • Kiribati (Gilberts, Tarawa, Ocean Island)
  • Line/Phoenix Islands (Palmyra, Fanning, Christmas, Canton, Enderbury, Howland)
  • Lord Howe Island
  • Marquesas Islands
  • Marshall Islands, Rep. of (Majuro, Kwajalein, Eniwetok)
  • Micronesia, Fed. States of (Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk,Yap, Caroline Islands)
  • Midway Island
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia & Deps. (Noumea, Loyalty Islands)
  • New Zealand
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Marianas (Saipan, Tinian)
  • Ogasawara (Bonin, Volcano Island, Iwo Jima)
  • Palau, Republic of
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Island
  • Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa)
  • Samoa, American (Pago Pago)\ Samoa, Western (Apia)
  • Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Tulagi)
  • Tasmania
  • Tokelau Islands (Fakaofu, Atafu, Union)
  • Tonga (Nukualofa)
  • Tuvalu (Ellice Island, Funafuti, Vaitapu)
  • Vanuatu (New Hebrides Islands)
  • Wake Island
  • Wallis & Futuna Islands

NORTH AMERICA (6)

  • Alaska
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Prince Edward Island (Mr. Jones only)
  • St. Pierre & Miquelon
  • United States (continental)  (Mrs. Jones has visited all 50 U.S. States)

CENTRAL AMERICA (7)

  • Belize (British Honduras)
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama

SOUTH AMERICA (14)

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana (British Guiana)
  • Nueva Esparta (Margarita Island)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Surinam (Netherlands Guiana)
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

CARIBBEAN (30)

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Deps. (Barbuda, Redonda)
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bonaire
  • Cayman Islands
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat
  • Puerto Rico
  • St. Barts
  • San Andres & Providencia
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grenada & Deps. (Carriacou, Grenadines)
  • Guadeloupe & Deps. (Marie Galante)
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Leeward Islands, French (St. Martin)
  • Leeward Islands, Netherlands (Saba, St. Eustatius)
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten (formerly Netherlands Antilles)
  • St. Vincent & Deps. (Bequia, Canouan, Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • Virgin Islands, U.S. (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas)
  • Virgin Islands, British (Tortola, etc.)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (13)

  • Ascension
  • Azores Islands
  • Bermuda
  • Canary Islands
  • Cape Verde Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fernando do Noronha
  • Faroe Islands
  • Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat)
  • Iceland
  • Madeira
  • St. Helena
  • Tristan da Cunha

EUROPE & THE MEDITERRANEAN (67)

  • Aland Islands (Mariehamn)
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Minorca)
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Corsica
  • Crete
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus, Republic
  • Cyprus, Turkish Fed. State
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dodecanese Is. (Rhodes)
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guernsey & Deps (Alderney, Herm, Sark, Channel Islands)
  • Hungary
  • Ionian Islands (Corfu, etc.)
  • Ireland (Eire)
  • Ireland, Northern (Ulster)
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Lampedusa
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Sardinia
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Sicily
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Spitsbergen (Svalbard, Bear Island)
  • Srpska
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Trans Dniester
  • Turkey in Europe (Istanbul)
  • Jersey (Channel Islands)
  • Kaliningrad
  • Ukraine
  • Vatican City
  • Wales

ANTARCTICA (7)

  • Argentine (Palmer Peninsula)
  • Australian Antarctic Territory South Pole (Mawson, Davis, Macquarie, Heard)
  • Chilean (Palmer Peninsula)
  • British Antarctica (Graham Land, South Shetland, South Orkney)
  • French Southern & Antarctic Territory (Kerguelen, Crozet, Amsterdam, St. Paul)
  • Norwegian (Queen Maud Land, Bouvet)
  • New Zealand (Ross Dependency)

AFRICA (55)

  • Algeria
  • Angola (Port. West Africa)
  • Benin (Dahomey)
  • Botswana (Bechuanaland)
  • Burkina Faso (Upper Volta)
  • Burundi (Urundi)
  • Cabinda
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Congo (Brazzaville)
  • Congo (Kinshasa-Zaire)
  • Djibouti (French Somaliland, Affars & Issas)
  • Egypt in Africa
  • Equatorial Guinea (Bioko, Fernando Poo)
  • Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni)
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana (Gold Coast, British Togoland)
  • Guinea (French Guinea)
  • Guinea-Bissau (Port. Guinea)
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho (Basutoland)
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Malawi (Nyasaland)
  • Mali (French Soudan)
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Morocco, Spanish (Ceuta, Melilla)
  • Mozambique (Port. East Africa)
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda (Ruanda)
  • Sao Tome & Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia (Italian Somaliland)
  • Somaliland (British)
  • South Africa
  • Sudan, North
  • Sudan, South
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania (Tanganyika)
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Western Sahara (Spanish Sahara)
  • Zambia (No. Rhodesia)
  • Zanzibar
  • Zimbabwe (So. Rhodesia)

MIDDLE EAST (21)

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Ajman
  • Bahrain
  • Dubai
  • Egypt in Asia (Sinai Peninsula)
  • Fujeirah
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Qatar
  • Ras Al Khaimah
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sharjah
  • Syria
  • Umm Al Qaiwain
  • Yemen

INDIAN OCEAN (14)

  • Andaman-Nicobar Islands
  • British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos Archipelago, Diego Garcia)
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands (Keeling)
  • Comoro Islands (Anjouan, Moheli, Grand Comoro)
  • Lakshadweep
  • Malagasy Republic (Madagascar)
  • Maldive Islands
  • Mauritius & Dependencies (Agalega, St. Brandon)
  • Mayotte (Dzaoudzi)
  • Reunion & Dependencies (Tromelin, Glorioso)
  • Rodrigues Island
  • Seychelles
  • Zil Elwannyen Sesel (Aldabra, Farquhar, Amirante Islands)

ASIA (51)

  • Abkhazia
  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia (Yerevan)
  • Azerbaijan (Baku)
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China, People’s Republic
  • China, Republic of Taiwan
  • Georgia
  • Hainan Island
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia (Java)
  • Irian Jaya (Dutch New Guinea)
  • Japan 
  • Jeju Island (South Korea)
  • Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo)
  • Kashmir
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Korea, North
  • Korea, South
  • Laos
  • Lesser Sunda Islands (Bali, Indonesia)
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Moluka (Moluccas, Indonesia)
  • Mongolia, Republic (Mrs. Jones only)
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nakhichevan
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sabah (North Borneo)
  • Sarawak
  • Siberia (Russia in Asia)
  • Sikkim
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
  • Sulawesi (Celebes, Indonesia) (Mrs. Jones only)
  • Sumatra (Indonesia) (Mrs. Jones only)
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Tibet
  • Timor Leste
  • Turkey in Asia (Anatolia, Ankara, Izmir)
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

How many destinations on this list have you visited? Where will you visit next? Please share in comments below.

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Shinjuku Station, Fort WorthMr. Jones grew up in Alaska. He’s a sushi-loving seafood and fish connoisseur.

I’m a Missouri farm kid who grew up eating locally-raised corn-fed beef. Growing up, my fish consumption was limited to frozen fish sticks in school lunch. While I’ve dramatically broadened my palate and prefer seafood to beef today, it has taken me years to embrace the idea of eating raw fish.

When we were in Fort Worth, Texas last weekend, we were looking forward to enjoying local specialties (brisket tacos, pecan pancakes, Babe’s chicken fried steak or Joe T. Garcia’s family-style Mexican dinner.) Since we were visiting friends who were also long-time Alaskans and sushi-lovers, the group consensus was to try sushi in Fort Worth.

We settled on Shinjuku Station on Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth about 4:30 pm on Saturday evening. Open Table showed no available reservations. Luckily, we called, and reserved a table for four at 6:30 pm.

Shinjuku Station is much more than a sushi place. The restaurant –named after the worlds busies train station in Tokyo — serves small plates of Japanese-inspired food are perfect for sharing with your dining companions.

While a thunderstorm drilled rain outside, we were warm and cozy inside working our way through the menu.

Shinjuku Station, Ft WorthBaked wild Japanese mushrooms, in brown butter. The foil packet makes for an interesting presentation, but inside is pure delight. The mushrooms are favored with a hint of citrus, and they disappeared almost before I could snap a shot.  A must-try on the menu.

Shinjuku Station, Ft WorthHokkaido scallops & tuna tartar on a lotus root crisp, with roasted rice pearls. This made us think of sushi bruschetta, and it also disappeared quickly.

Shinjuku Station, Ft WorthBeer braised pork buns in a sweet bun. Our group gave this dish mixed reviews ranging from- “too fatty” and “did not fit with rest of menu,” to “pillows of delight” and “Yum!” Note: we needed two orders of this dish for four people.

Shinjuku Station, Ft WorthYou won’t find cream cheese or avocado in Shinjuku Station’s rolls. The Sweet Jalapeno roll contains white tuna topped with garlic rubbed albacore, ponzu, and togarashi.

Shinjuku Station, Ft WorthWe watched another table “cooking” their beef, and had to try it ourselves. The Ishiyaki includes five pieces of prime flat iron ribeye, cut like sashimi, that you sear yourself at your table on a hot river stone.

 

ishiyaki, Shinjuku Station, Ft. Worth, TexasHalf of the fun of the Ishiyaki is dipping the Niman Ranch beef in the butter provided, and the searing each side of your beef quickly on the hot stone. Eating the tender beef is also fun.

spider roll, Shinjuku Station, Ft. Worth, TexasOne of our favorite dishes was the Spider roll, crunchy, crispy and fresh. While soy sauce and wasabi are provided, we agreed not necessary to enhance any of this perfectly flavored food.

Shinjuku Station, Ft. Worth, TexasHama chili yellowtail sashimi with ponzu, jalapeno, cilantro. Thinly sliced and dressed to perfection with a crunchy seaweed salad. At $20, this is one of the most expensive plates on the menu, but well worth the cost.

Shinjuku StationWhile I’ve come a long way in my sushi appreciation, I left the Yuza Tobiko topped with Uzura (fish eggs topped with raw quail eggs) for the sushi-loving Alaskans to enjoy.

Shinjuku StationPeppercorn tuna. 

Shinjuku StationGarlic rub albacore, lightly pan seared. 

Regardless of whether you like sushi, you will find something to like among the small plates at Shinjuku Station. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. The drink list includes sake, Japanese beer, interesting cocktails.  Plus, the “surprise me white” wine offering on the wine list was a fun and delicious idea.

Are you a sushi fan? What is your favorite place (outside  of Japan) to enjoy it? Please share in comments below. 

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