The Siracusas’ 7 links

Greetings from Portugal! Those of you who follow us on Facebook and Twitter know that our big journey is over and that we’re spending some quality post-trip time with our Portuguese family and friends before we head to Italy. We’ll make new posts on the blog very soon as we have loads and loads of stories and photos to share, however we are taking it real easy for now 🙂

This is also one of the reasons why the blog has been quiet over the last couple of weeks… Hovewer NomadBiba, a fellow travel blogger, gave us a buzz the other day nominating us to participate into Tripbases’s 7 links project – how could we turn down her invitation?

So here are our 7 links:

1. Most Beautiful Post

Well… While it makes us uncomfortable to nominate our own best post (sounds kind of pretentious :)), if we have to choose one, it’ll be Beautiful, exotic, spiritual, colourful Bali – it was written with the hearth and we are particularly proud of most of the pictures featured in that post.

Balinese dancer performing Legong, another traditional Balinese dance.
Balinese dancer performing Legong, another traditional Balinese dance.

 2. Most Popular Post

Ok, this is not a real blog post but our About Us page – once we started the blog our About Us page received loads of encouraging comments from our friends, making it one of the most popular sections of our website 🙂

Kissing at the Petronas twin towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kissing at the Petronas twin towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 3. Most Controversial Post

We don’t think there is any particularly controversial post on our blog. However, if I am to pick a post that covered a potentially controversial subject it’s Chiang Rai: Meeting hill-tribes in Northern Thailand. During our time in South East Asia we saw the pitfalls of the ethnic minorities tourist business and came across many tour companies whose practices were less than ethical, therefore whenever we chose to visit any of these hill-tribe villages we did it through companies who showed a commitment toward the local communities, or, as it was the case in Sapa, North Vietnam, independently.

Our host Buphae cooking our dinner
Our host Buphae cooking our dinner

4. Most Helpful Post

A post that we know helped a few people (based on the feedback we received privately and the response on our Facebook page) was How we got enough money to travel? 5 tips on how to save enough for a long term trip. This post also helped some of our readers and friends, especially those who were less familiar with the concept of long-term travel, to understand what type of financial preparation you need to do before embarking on a round-the-world journey.

5. A Post Whose Success Surprised Me

When we published Bali’s memories: Fishing for pictures and friends in Sanur we were happy (and pleasantly surprised, of course) with the feedback we received about it both on our website and on our social media pages, including twitter and facebook.

A man stands close to one of the gazebos and stares at the sea in the pre-dawn light.
A man stands close to one of the gazebos and stares at the sea in the pre-dawn light.

6. A Post I Feel Didn’t Get The Attention It Deserved

When we started our world food thread, we were expecting the recipes we were going to share would get a lot more attention that they actually received. The post we’re going to feature here, having to choose from the two posts in the category, is Vietnamese cuisine: aubergine in clay pot in four steps

7. The Post I’m Most Proud Of

When, at the beginning of our adventure, wandering through the streets of Jodhpur’s old town, we met this little girl called Hemlta, she invited us in and introduced us to her family. In the following days we came back to her place to spend some more time with her and take some photograph. The post is Photographing Hemlta’s family

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…and as part of the game here are the 5 bloggers I nominate to post their own 7 links:

Traveled Earth

Travel Junkies

Indulge

Mundopatafundo

Chasing the Yeti

Guys, check the rules on Tripbase’s blog and have fun posting your 7 links!