One Year Anniversaries and My 7 Links

Yes, I know, it’s been awhile. I hope you will all understand why I haven’t posted in so long. I didn’t mean to neglect my blog for almost two months, but after barely sleeping my last few weeks in the States and experiencing more culture shock in Germany than I expected, I was just drained. I didn’t have the mental energy to write. But I’m finally starting to come out of the stress fog, and I really enjoy my blog, so I’m back!

The one year anniversary of my blog (as self-hosted) was about a month ago. I started blogging in December 2009, but I didn’t really get into it until I bought my domain. The one year anniversary of meeting Andy online was also about a year ago, which eventually led to the major life changes that have been overwhelming me over the past seven weeks. I’ll write more posts later about what I’ve been doing here in Freiburg, but when I first got here, I was tagged (a few times) for something called My 7 Links. It was sort of a blogger game of tag started by Tripbase, and even though I’m a little late, I thought it would be a good way to take a look at the last year or so of my blog.

My most beautiful post: Christmas in Antarctica includes several pictures of one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. I wasn’t actually there on Christmas, but it sure did feel like Christmas.

My most popular post: My Twitter Love Story was the post where I revealed that I had found love through a random Tweet.ย Even now, more than a year later, married and living in Germany, I still have moments where all I can think is, “wow, how did that really happen?” Not surprising that it was by far my most popular post – I guess everyone likes a good love story!

My most controversial post: My Biggest Travel Fear wasn’t exactly controversial, but it is about using squat toilets. Apparently this was enough to make my dad jokingly threaten to unsubscribe to my blog. My post Eating Cuy – the Night My Dinner Waved at Me is a tie because many people, including my best friend Rachel, had guinea pigs as pets. I’ve also had quite a few people land on this post by searching for some variation of “fluffy guinea pigs” and I’m sure this is not what they were looking for.

My most helpful post: Planning a Trip to Antarctica, which was actually a guest post I did for Gap Year Escape. I love the planning aspect of travel and I enjoy helping others plan, so I really hope this post comes in handy for people planning on going to Antarctica.

A post whose success surprised me: Ode To My Passport was a short post I wrote on a whim. It’s about how that little booklet carries much more significance than just being identification.

A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved: Antarctica Minke Whale is an extremely short post which includes a 6 second video of an up-close encounter with a whale. It was an amazing experience, and even though the video is shaky, I think it’s entertaining.

A post I’m most proud of: A Love Letter to Prague was a post I wrote after I met Andy in person for the first time on a trip to Prague. I wanted to express how happy I was about finally meeting him after four months of talking on Skype but I wasn’t ready to reveal the relationship. So I wrote it as if it was about the city, when it’s actually about Andy.

The rules say that I’m supposed to tag five bloggers to keep things going, but since I’m so late on putting mine together, I’d like to share some great posts from the people who tagged me.

Caroline in the City: 15 Real World Lessons I Wish I’d Learned Sooner is a great post about what we learn as we get older that we all wish we knew when we were younger. I can totally relate to several items on this list. If anyone figures out that time travel thing, let me know.

Breakaway Backpacker: How it Feels to be Blind is a really interesting post about Jaime’s experience at Dialog in the Dark, which gives people a glimpse at what it’s like to not have your sense of sight.

Ordinary Traveler: Elephants Were Put on This Earth to Entertain Us really made me think about one of the downsides of tourism. I’d love to see elephants up close, but the cruelty involved with some of these companies breaks my heart.

I was also interviewed by Katie Aune, check it out here. Katie is about to set off on a 10-12 month journey through Russia and the rest of the former Soviet countries, and I can’t wait to read about her trip.

As always, thanks for reading my blog!

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