July was another busy month for the blog. Unlike June, where I only put out 3 articles, in July I put out 5!
The first one I wrote, What Is Islam?, looks at the foundings of Islam, the history of Mohammad, his teachings and what it has become today due to the Ottoman Empire. I wrote this one because I felt a lot of people have a negative stigma towards Islam so I wanted to educate people on what the religion really is. Like most religions, what it is and how the people practice it are two totally different things.
The second article was about my time in Quebec City, the former capital of Canada. I wasn't sure what to expect when I visited Quebec, but it certainly wasn't what I found! I really loved Quebec City, and I hope a lot of people enjoyed my article!
The third one I wrote was Should Terrorism Stop You from Traveling?. In this article I looked at terrorism through the ages and explained how "terrorism" is a subjective term. I discussed foreign terrorism, domestic terrorism and terms like "environmental terrorism". I was hoping this article would get more traffic, so I was disappointed by the number of people who actually read it. If you haven't read it yet, please do!
The fourth article I wrote was 10 Things To Do in Venice. I wrote this one to explain the sights and sounds of the Floating City, from its shopping streets to its churches to its ghosts. I got a lot of feedback on social media from this one, so thank you for that!
My last article was written just this past Wednesday and was called The Statues of Piazza della Signoria. This one takes us to Florence where we discuss the earth changing history of the statues inside Piazza della Signoria, from the battle of David and Goliath to the incredible, mountain-tearing strength of Hercules to burning of prophets in Florence during the Renaissance. This one got a lot of traffic and is looking like it'll be my most popular article this month, but the day I posted it =was also the anniversary of Anne Frank's capture, and the next day was the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, so the history of the ancient world was put on the back-burner.
However, my blog did get a fair bit of traffic this month. June 10th to July 10th brought me 1,185 visitors, while July 10th to August 10th brought me 1,435 visitors. Not many more, but still a fair bit. It really helped when Tourism Saskatchewan shared my article on Twitter!
Last month I talked about writing more about religion, and I am already working on a new article about it. Some people find talking about religion to be taboo, but I love it! Not only does it show the history of our world, but it shows the direction in which we are heading!
I also plan to write a couple articles about French Canada. Everyone was pretty receptive towards it, so I think I'll keep with it.
Later this month I am also participating in Regina's very first every Instameet on August 27th! I'll let Jenn Smith Nelson explain all about it. It sounds like it's going to be a great time, so on the 27th my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will probably be blowing up. I'm sure you won't mind! If you happen to be in the city around that time, feel free to take part of it!
I think that's it for this month's update. Thank you all for the support and for telling other people about my blog. It's thanks to you guys that keeps me doing this!
Until next time, keep on traveling!
And, as always, a big thank you to my sweetheart Jessica Nuttall for proof reading a countless number of my articles. I couldn't do any of this without you. I love you.
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I was recently asked if I preferred my time in Montreal or Quebec City more, and while Montreal is a gorgeous city, decorated with thousands of green copper spires, hosts incredible festivals, has some of the most fantastic food I have ever tasted, and is spotted with beautiful parks, there was just something about Quebec City that spoke to me. Being over four hundred years old, Quebec City is one of the last remaining "walled cities" in North America, and is the only one north of Mexico. Quebec City was the location of some of the greatest conflicts in Canadian history, including the Siege of Quebec by the British.
Belonging to three very different countries (France, England, and Canada) in its four hundred year existence, Quebec City is a mixing pot of old traditions, new ideas, cobblestone streets and modern architecture. Since there is so much to see in Quebec City, I figured I would narrow it down to a couple and let you discover the rest! Here is "8 Places to Visit in Quebec City".
Ever since visiting the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg last summer, I've wanted to include more about First Nations culture on my blog. Being of European descent, I often feel I am culturally blind to First Nations culture, and I noticed a severe lack of it in my writing. In fact, I feel in past articles a lot of my focus has been on European history in the New World, with only a side note regarding First Nations history. Now, I am trying for there to be more equal representation in my blog.
To finish off my #BucketlistAB series, I thought this article would be the perfect place to flip the tables, and instead focus on First Nations culture, with a European side note. Sometimes it is impossible to talk about one without the other, but I tried to focus more on the First Nations people and their story in this article. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.
Long before I started my blog, many, many years ago, I visited Innsbruck, Austria. I was on a Contiki trip through Europe and visited a plethora of locations such as Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Lucerne and Innsbruck, just to name a few. It was an incredible experience and one that I think was a transformative moment in my life.
Off the record (or, on the record now, I guess), of all the places I visited, the only one I didn't like was Innsbruck. I couldn't get into it. We visited it in late March, so the weather wasn't the best. The trees didn't have any leaves on them, the grass was brown, and everything had a post-winter grey look to it. After visiting Munich and spending the night in St. Goar, my mind wasn't thinking about Innsbruck at all. Instead, I was more excited to go to Venice the next day, and the Vatican the day after that. My time in Innsbruck was uneventful, and all I wanted was to get back on the road.
That was in 2011, and now it's 2018. Has my opinion on Innsbruck changed? I would say yes. I'm more mature now and if I went back, I would better appreciate what I was seeing. As I've gotten older, I've been less impressed by the massive buildings and more enthralled by the history that created them.