So, without further ado, I present to you My 7 Links! Thank you for reading, and your comments are welcome, as always.
1. Jandal Road’s most beautiful post: Discovering Vancouver: Coal Harbour Waterfront Walkway
Ah, Vancouver. It is my favourite city. So yes, I am biased, of course. But I like this post because the photographs portray architecture, art, city scenes, boats, parks, the sea, and the mountains. I enjoy reading it because like Vancouver itself, it’s a great all-inclusive deal for the eyes, I think.
2. Jandal Road’s most popular post: Three reasons to visit Verzasca Valley, Switzerland
Due to very recent developments I had to demote Discovering Vancouver: Totem Poles in Stanley Park to #2 of most popular Jandal Road posts of all time, thanks to Lonely Planet, who picked up my article on Verzasca Valley. Therefore, traffic on this one went a little crazy and now ranks #1.
3. Jandal Road’s most controversial post: Sky Jump from Auckland Sky Tower
This needs to be said, it is a tough decision: should I become a Skywalker or a Skyjumper? Although I am somewhat partial to sci-fi, this, surprisingly, has nothing to do with Luke. Readers commented with their recommendations; feel free to join in the discussion, the polls are still open until I visit New Zealand again on my next holiday and make use of my Blog4NZ voucher.
4. Jandal Road’s most helpful post: A Starter Guide to Working Holidays in New Zealand
I’m taking this one very literal. I’ve written a few very practical guides to New Zealand, including how to buy a car or van, camping and holiday parks, etc. This one is the mother of them all, I think, as it collects all you need to know on how to get started on your working holiday in New Zealand before your feet touch the ground of godzone.
5. A post whose success surprised me: Great kiwi driving routes: the Forgotten World Highway
I really wanted to write an article on how great it is to tour New Zealand by car, and the quirkiest and most diverse route I have taken is the Forgotten World Highway in Taranaki on the North Island. I thought it would appeal to a niche audience only, but the opposite was true: quite a few readers found it fascinating precisely because it had such an intriguing name and they had never heard of the route before. If there are any other reasons why you particularly like this one, feel free to let me know in the comments section!
6. A Post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved: Dancing on ice in sub-tropical jungle: Franz Josef Glacier (with video)
I thoroughly enjoyed my hike on Franz Josef glacier and interviewing Kevin, my glacier guide, on camera. I equally enjoyed writing this post and including the video as part of the Blog4NZ campaign earlier this year. I think it may have gone under in the vast amount of fantastic New Zealand posts that were produced in those 72 hours by travel writers and bloggers worldwide.
7. The post that I am most proud of: Curio Bay: serenity, surfing and sea lion adventures (with video)
It was a pleasure sharing this particular experience with you, dear reader. What a day this was – a blissful hike, a surf lesson, and meeting the local wildlife… I’m proud that my partner and I managed to take some great shots and video of this curious sea lion frolicking in the sunshine and developing a strong interest in quality camping equipment. New Zealand’s wildlife truly amazes me.
That’s it for me for now. I hope you enjoyed reading about My 7 Links. Now it’s time to visit these other amazing blogs:
I would like to nominate the following bloggers to take part:
Jim at Holes in my soles
Russell at In search of a life less ordinary
Paul at My postcard from
Aisleen & Rich at Life’s great adventures
Erin at De la pura vida