The time passed swiftly. Gagarin travelled to many countries on good-will missions-all in addition to his many new duties. Combined, the routes of these fourneys exceeded many times the length of the path he had traversed in "Vostok". He visited Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland, Cuba, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Norway, Britain, India, Egypt, Ghana and many other places. He was fêted by the people, by presidents and monarchs, and honoured with the highest state awards. He was welcomed in many different languages, and evertwhere flowers were showered upon him.