Happy half anniversary (half birthday) to me
It’s been exactly 6 months of blogging, since my first post on December 20th!
So here you go, a VERY BIG THANK YOU to all of you who supported me, helped me, and made me have a great time on this blog!
And of course the over used word: this wouldn’t have been possible without you!
I started this blog just to speak out my mind. I am not a very good communicator, if you know me in real life then you know I don’t speak that much. So a blog was a great way of letting out my thoughts, letting the words flow out of me, through my fingers instead of my tongue! I want to assure you that the blog will remain as it is; natural, real, and only aimed to entertain you, and to share with you travel tales from a different perspective, one from the Middle East!
Let me give you a summary of what has happened on the blog (interested to know?)
And also a summary of my plans for the next 6 months…
First of all, here are my blog statistics, the most popular, the least popular and my personal favorite posts!
Let me first start with my first post: Pack as Light as Possible! Not as the name implies, it is not about real packing, it is more of an insight, a lesson I learned while walking el Camino de Santiago. While this post didn’t get much attention on the blog, it was posted before that on my facebook profile as a note, and it got some good comments from friends there, it is one of the reasons that pushed me to start this blog!
My last post was about a recent trial with the American Embassy to get a visa, to which I got refused. It’s a letter to the man who interviewed me.
Off to the Statistics:
Most popular post: No, Not everyone can travel – A bubble burster
Talking about the hardships that a third world country citizen would face while traveling, explaining them and explaining why it is not possible to travel even if it was a priority.
Least popular post: Three things in the sand – Giza Pyramids
On a side note, the second most popular post is A letter to the guy that interviewed me at the USA embassy, made it to second place in less than one week! Apparently you guys are more interested in failure to travel than travel itself! 🙂 You bad, bad people! 😀
Now to my favorite part, my top 5 favorite posts (or stories on my blog!):
*in no specific order
My last 3 days visit to Siwa; itinerary and the adventure we made there! I can never get bored of Siwa!
Siwa Oasis Photo Essay (yes I am THAT in love with Siwa)
My favorite set of photos of Siwa
Detailing my adventure in the footsteps of Moses in Sinai, Egypt. Where he climbed the mountain and spoke to God. With the addition of some advice that you must read if you’re planning to climb the mountain.
Reasons for people to walk el Camino de Santiago; it is more than just a religious pilgrimage!
Whenever you travel, you make friends who are rarely going on your same itinerary. The sweet dilemma of sticking your new friends VS sticking to your itinerary.
+ one extra, a post that means a lot to me because the person in it has changed my views of many things: Great People of the Camino – Ismael
Now to my plans for the next six months:
First of all I am happily announcing I have bought my flight tickets to Thailand!
I’m off to Thailand July 20th, staying there for 1 month. August 20th I’ll be going to Indonesia, spending 1 week in Bali, then on August 26th I start an internship for four months teaching English in East Java. That should keep me busy for the next 6 months; I am assuming I’ll be on my back to Egypt on my blog’s anniversary, December 20th 2012.
Now before starting to act all happy for me, you have to wish me luck with my visas. I still, yet, have to apply for both visas, Thailand tourist visa and Indonesian Cultural/Social Visa. I have just one month to do so, I’ll start working on them after 1 week from now, hopefully.
I am hereby also announcing that if this time I got refused to one of those visas, I am stopping to try to travel anymore. 😀
So, to end this post, Thank You again for making this possible and for pushing me to keep going for 6 months!
If you have any comments, suggestions or feed back please share it in the comments or through private emails if you wish. I will be, as always, more than happy to hear your feedback 🙂