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.