Inspired by The Saskatchewanderer's "Top 10 Most Read Blogs of 2015", I decided to showcase my top 10 as well! Some of my readers have been wondering why I've been writing about Regina, Saskatchewan and Canada lately and not some of the other locations I've visited (Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, etc), but I'll let my most read blogs below explain why.
Out of my 100 (this is number 100!!) articles, these are my top 10!
How many have you read?
1. 8 Places to Visit in Regina
This article about Regina exploded the moment I published it and has been shared thousands of times. In return, it brought a spike of traffic to my site that I haven't seen since. Unfortunately, only a few weeks after writing it, one of the locations closed down. Regardless, there are still 7 locations to visit, so be sure to give it a read!
2. 8 More Places to Visit in Regina
This is my sequel to my most popular article. Written only recently, it didn't get the traffic surge the other article did, but it still did very well. This article covers museums, restaurants and clubs throughout the city so be sure to check it out and help spread the word!
3. Instagramming Canada - Prince Edward Island
Coming in at a close third, this article surprised me. I'm not sure who shared this, but it exploded onto the scene almost two weeks after I wrote it. Of all 13 "Instagramming Canada" articles, this is one of the two to make the list. It received traffic from all over the Maritimes and even the United States, which is a country I've struggled to get traffic from. Come see what everybody is so excited about!
Note: because it includes images embedded from Instagram, it takes a while to load, which is another reason I'm surprised it did as well as it did!
4. Regina: A Century of Change
This article takes a look at an early 20th Century map of Regina, and compares it to the current map of the city. The map is circa 1905 and shows the plans for the city before the automobile and airplane arrived. It also showed the original plans for Wascana Lake, prior to the "Big Dig" of the 1930s. It's very interesting and I'm glad it did so well, so be sure to check it out!
Briefly exploring the history behind the two companies, their tour rates and my experiences with both, I arrived at a conclusion on which company I preferred. My article prompted one of the companies to reply back, which was very unexpected. If you are planning to travel abroad with either group, be sure to give this one a read!
7. Are You The Next Saskatchewanderer?
Ashlyn George's time as the Saskatchewanderer is coming to an end, and the search for another wanderer has began. This is my second time interviewing Ashlyn for my blog and we got to revisit her incredible experiences and memories. Be sure to give it a read and keep your fingers crossed for the announcement for the next Saskatchewanderer!
8. The Heritage of the RCMP
After visiting the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina, I decided to write an article about their incredible history, starting with their conception to protect Canadian Aboriginals from American "fire-water" (whisky), their time in the Arctic during the Gold Rush, defending Canada from Nazi spies and the protection of an ex-Soviet informant. It's a really interesting article, as is the museum. If you can't visit the incredible structure, then check out my article to learn all about it!
9. 50 Images That Showcase Regina
At a close 9th place, this article showcases the architecture, nature and lifestyle of my hometown of Regina. Sometimes it's difficult to see just how beautiful your hometown is, so I'm glad this one did as good as it did! If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to give it a read!
10. Instagramming Canada - Manitoba
My only other "Instagramming Canada" article to make the list, this one ranked only slightly higher than my "Instagramming Canada - Saskatchewan" article. This article showcases the parks, architecture and incredible lakes that spot my neighboring province. Be sure to check it out!
And, just for fun...
100. Farewell Europe
Written in January, this is my final article about my trip to Europe after spending 18 days abroad. It isn't an exciting read, but it offers a conclusion of my first ever solo trip. I feel one of the final sentences really showcase this blog and the inspiration around it: "Thank you all for reading this. I hope my story was worth the read. I hope I inspired and educated, or at least entertained you."
The Island of the Dolls is in Xochimilco, a borough south of Mexico City. While it would be faster to take a car from Mexico City to Xochimilco, the traffic is dense and the roads are very congested. Instead, if you're going there, I'd recommend taking metro, which is easy and the cheapest in the world. What you gain in comfort, however, you lose in speed, as the train ride takes about 2 hours.
Mexico City and Xochimilco both sit in the Valley of Mexico. Until about a millennium ago, the whole region around Mexico City was surrounded by a massive body of water. Over the centuries due to both climate change and interference by humans, most of this water has dried up, for the exception of Xochimilco. With networks of canals crisscrossing the borough, car transportation is difficult and water transportation is essential. I'm sure there were motorized boats somewhere in the waters of Xochimilco, but I never saw any. Instead, canoes and rafts are common on the water. However, the most popular vessel is a trajinera – a colourful gonadal-like boat that is pushed along the water with a wooden pole.
Xochimilco is known worldwide for their Floating Gardens market, which are essentially canoes floating down the canals, selling wares to tourists on trajineras. These include things like food, drinks, silver rings, trinkets, ponchos and sombreros. Occasionally other trajineras full of Mariachi bands will approach tourists and offer to play beside them on the water.
As this was my first time flying a kite, I'm proud to say I only crashed it about thirty times. Thankfully, my instructor said, the kite wasn't too expensive and was made for crash landings. After one particular sharp nose-dive, however, he came over to show me what I was doing wrong. After a few minor adjustments, I kicked the kite back into the air and managed to do my first loop.
The field we were in was empty that day. Within 24 hours, however, the field would be full of kite enthusiasts from across the world. Many of the kite flyers were from Canada and the United States, but some even came as far away as London, Germany and New Zealand. At only 13 years old, the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival has become internationally renowned to kite flyers around the world.
When people think of kites, they might think of the classic diamond shaped kite of Charlie Brown. However, these days there are many different kinds of kites, and each with their own unique design and purpose.
Love poutine, Justin Trudeau and just about everything Québécois? G Adventures had the right idea including Montréal in two of their Canadian tours, but Montréal isn't the only noteworthy place to visit in Québec. Now, this tour doesn't give Québec the justice it deserves either, but hopefully it inspires you to take your time to explore the wonders it has to offer. Québec is a beautiful province with a long history, stretching back over four centuries, so this tour is dedicated to the incredible history and culture of French Canada.
Our fictional tour starts in Montréal. If you've read my Five Historic Canadian Cities article last week, you already know Montréal is one of Canada's most lively cities. Packed with some of Canada's most impressive scientific museums, Montréal is also home to an archeological and historical museum, Pointe-à-Callière. Inside one of the most unique buildings in Old Montréal, this museum ventures deep into the history of the city and explores its foundation, its struggles and its changes. With 375 years of history, to uncover this museum starts off with the discovery of Hochelaga and showcases various sections of the original sewer system. The museum also has several illustrations showing the plagues and fires that once decimated the early city. The museum also has an interactive section about the pirates that once terrorized the St. Lawrence River. This museum is one of my absolute favorites, so if you love museums as much as I, you'll want to check it out.