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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A few months ago I entered a contest for a trip for two to visit Philadelphia on Two Bad Tourists. Normally contests like this are limited to United States residents so when I saw this one was open to Canadians I jumped at the chance. I've never won something like this before, so I actually forgot about it until I got the emailing saying I had won. Two Bad Tourists then worked alongside Visit Philly to organise the trip for me and my mother to explore Philadelphia for three days. Visit Philly paid for our flights, hotels and gave us a VIP Pass to experience the city to our heart's content. It is thanks to them that this trip is possible.
Several movies and television shows have tried to capture the essence of Philadelphia over the years – from the boxing Blockbuster Rocky, to the paranormal thriller The Sixth Sense, to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and even Boy Meets World – but each described the city differently. There is no easy way to approach a city as dynamic as The City of Brotherly Love. With countless layers of art, history, religion and the paranormal, Philadelphia is a city unlike any other throughout the United States.
One thing that surprised me the most about Philadelphia was the history. The city was founded and designed by William Penn, who is also the state of Pennsylvania's namesake. Born in London, England in 1644 he lived through The Great Fire of 1666 and The Great Plague of London from 1665-1666. Both events shaped Penn's life so he designed the city to be strictly stone buildings (to stop fires from spreading) and to have plenty of space between the buildings (as to prevent illness from spreading). This led to the older areas of the city to have winding corridors between old stone walls.
The following is a guest article by Sally Elbassir, the owner and food taster of Passport and Plates, originally titled "The Tapas, Taverns and History of Madrid: A Food Tour". Be sure to drop by her blog for culinary treats from around the world!
I've always been a foodie. Long before the term "foodie" ever existed, I was that kid who was always eager to try something new.
Things haven't changed much in the last couple of decades. My palate has expanded, and I discovered that my dream job does exist; it just happens to be occupied by Anthony Bourdain. Now I satisfy my foodie obsession by writing on Yelp, and on my blog... there's plenty more where that came from.
I have been told my entire life that Winnipeg was just like Regina, but slightly larger. This gave the impression that there wasn't much to see in Winnipeg and that it, along with Regina, were more-or-less "fly over destinations". Since starting my blog, I've learned Regina is an absolutely incredible city so I imagined Winnipeg was the same. I then proceeded to contact Tourism Winnipeg and Travel Manitoba to find out the true Winnipeg, and ended up going on a multi-day excursion of their city.
Since a lot of my readers are from Regina and they almost all know somebody heading there for the Banjo Bowl in a couple of days, I thought I'd put this list together. There's a lot more to see there than just Investors Group Field, and the city's history is incredibly fascinating, so I hope you enjoy this list of 100 things about "Canada's Gateway to the West".
Several of these facts are taken from Frank Albo's tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building, but there are many I didn't mention. If you enjoyed them, I encourage buying his book: "The Hermetic Code"