Aug. 14, 2012 at 7:02 PM ET
For Condé Nast Traveler's September issue cover story, Deputy Editor Kevin Doyle spent nine days traveling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Here are a few things he learned about the woman most Americans think they know everything about:
• Clinton has traveled more than 800,000 miles (more than 33 times the circumference of the earth). She visits about 50 countries annually, and her total travel time is more than 1,800 hours (about 76 days).
• One of her favorite sightseeing experiences was on a trip to Mexico’s Los Cabos, for an informal brainstorming session of G20 foreign ministers. “My friend the foreign minister of Mexico asked if we wanted to go whale watching, and we all said yes. I was in the boat with the ministers from the United Arab Emirates and Turkey and Canada and Germany and Mexico. I mean, you can’t plan that — you have to be together — and it was great.”
• "Punishing,” “grueling,” “exhausting,” and, to a lesser degree, “fun,” are the words most commonly used by her staff to describe the experience of traveling with her. Those close to her say that she benefits from the ability to sleep on command — and to draw on reserves of energy lacking in most mortals.
• Clinton made her first trip to Europe fresh out of law school in 1973, on a vacation to England with then-boyfriend Bill Clinton, who wanted to share with her the places he’d discovered during his time as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.
• One of the most memorable places she's been: "I’ve visited the emperor and empress of Japan several times. They are two of the loveliest people you will ever meet, and I am very fond of them. Each time, they have taken me into their private quarters for tea. It’s so calm. You sit in this minimalist Japanese room, looking out at the gardens — it’s so peaceful and restorative. I spend most of my time with the empress, who is one of my favorite people in the world. I’m always grateful after I’ve had the chance to be with them.”
For many more revelations, read the full story at CondeNastTraveler.com.
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