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.
December has finally arrived, and with it is the season of gift giving. Personally, I always find Christmas shopping – or shopping for any reason – very difficult and very frustrating. Maybe it's because I'm a guy, but there just seems to be so many stores and so many sales that I always get pretty overwhelmed, especially when it comes to shopping for children. In an attempt to ease the pain of holiday shopping, I have reached out to three local businesses around Regina to tell me a little about who they are and what they have going on this holiday season. Have you ever visited these locations? Let me know about it in the comments below!
Located in the south end of Regina, Kids Trading Company has been a part of the Regina community for the past 15 years. Here you can find a mixture of new and gently used children's clothing, shoes, toys and accessories.
Enjoy shopping in a local store where the friendly staff knows the products and can help you find what you need, like warm winter boots from Kamik or waterproof mittens and fleecy hats. Brands like Desigual, Hatley, Yogini, Billabong and Mexx will give you lots of options for great quality clothes in the latest styles. Need a baby gift? Shop their baby section for the cutest sleepers and practical accessories like Amber teething necklaces and muslin blankets.
Several months ago Ford Canada approached me to review their 2017 Ford Explorer. I wanted to see how it handled grid roads, so I took it to a variety of ghost towns, abandoned houses and empty villages around Saskatchewan. I had a lot of fun with the article, and I guess Ford liked it too because a few months later they invited me to go out to the Sunshine Coast to try out a few other vehicles.
There were a few differences between this trip and the one I did around Saskatchewan. The first difference was that this was in the wooded forests of British Columbia and not the flat prairie of Saskatchewan. Instead of having the vehicle for a week, this would be a 2-day trip from Vancouver to the Painted Boat Resort and back again. Also, instead of traveling solo, I'd be travelling with several lifestyle and travel bloggers from across Western Canada – including the 2015 Saskatchewanderer Ashlyn George from The Lost Girl's Guide to Finding the World.
The vehicle we got on the way up to the resort was the same red Ford Explorer I tried out earlier this year. This worked out great for me as I was already very familiar with the vehicle and its quirks. On the way back Ashlyn drove a white 2017 Ford Edge.
When I was younger, I really loved winter. I loved sledding, snowball fights and building snowmen. One of my favourite pastimes was visiting a little outdoor ice rink a few blocks from my house. Every winter my friends and I would climb over the walls of the rink and goof around on the ice. When we weren't falling over our feet, we'd play hockey with whatever snow chunks we could find. As these events became more frequent, we often talked about playing real hockey on the rink. Eventually, we would end up playing hockey, but we'd settle for the street in front of our houses instead.
Beyond childhood, the only other time I went skating was in high school. Everybody else's ice skating skills had improved with age, but mine were still that of a fourth grader. I remember standing in the rink, struggling to shoot while holding my balance, only to have a classmate swoop in and steal my puck! Ever since then, I've stuck to floor hockey.
As I got older, my love for winter dwindled. Now I find it cold, icy, dark and sometimes miserable. My blog usually slows down in the winter for this very reason. I've been trying to get out and enjoy our longest season of the year, but it's hard. Most days I just want to stay inside.