The 13 best of 2013

Delving into Google Analytics has become a fun little exercise this time of year. As always, I’m a bit baffled at which articles do well, and yet again, some of the older articles do very well. From this, I can draw two conclusions about readers of Sophie’s World:

  • You’re interested in places off the beaten path, especially in Eastern Europe. That’s as it should be – part of this blog’s focus is the world’s curious corners.
  • You’re interested in the Arctic.

Let’s get on with it.

Your 13 best of 2013

13. Svalbard – polar bear country

Best of 2013
The Svalbard archipelago continues to fascinate. At number 13, this post about Longyearbyen – at 78°, the most northerly town in the world – remains popular also in 2013.

12. Barentsburg highlights

Barentsburg, Svalbard

… just barely surpassed by this article of the only remaining Russian settlement in the Arctic, also in Svalbard.

11. Things to do in Skopje

Old Bazaar, Skopje
Moving on to the world’s curious corners, the capital of Macedonia drew readers’ attention and interest.

10. Road trip in Arctic Norway

Back in the northern world – albeit only as far north as at the Arctic Circle this time, you seemed to enjoy my summery road trip in Northern Norway. I was quite taken back myself at the beautiful scenery I encountered every step of the way. It would have been practically impossible to take bad photos.

9. Pizza night in the Italian countryside

Pizza night at La Tavola Marche
Curious corners and the Arctic aside, you’re interested in Italy. And food.

8. What to do in Kiev

Cathedral of the Dormition, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra – Monastery of the Caves, Kiev

Back to the quirkier corners of Eastern Europe, another article that remains popular is about what to do if you – for some peculiar reason – have only 24 hours in the capital of Ukraine. I want to see more of Kiev and surrounds, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a Ukrainian opportunity showed up in 2014.

7. Pyramiden, an Arctic ghost town

The school in the abandoned mining town Pyramiden, Svalbard
Another Svalbard article that also did well in 2012, is this one on Pyramiden, the Russian Arctic mining town that was suddenly abandoned in 1998, leaving so much behind it feels as if the inhabitants just stepped out for a minute.

6. 12 best of 2012

Oddly, the equivalent post to this one – with readers’ favourite posts in 2012 – clocks in at number 6. Maybe it’s a question of numbers…

5. Auckland harbour bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge, seen from Northcote Point
From the Arctic, we’re taking a detour to the other end of the world. Oddly (again), this little Sunday photo of the harbour bridge in Auckland proved popular.

4. Friedensreich Hundertwasser and his toilet

Hundertwasser toilets, Kawakawa

Remaining in the land of the long white cloud, readers continue to be fascinated by this toilet in Kawakawa on the North Island. Not so odd, perhaps – I was fascinated, too. So unexpected. So cool.

3. Republika Srpska: Pretty Trebinje

Trebinje, Republika Srpska, B&H
Moving back to Europe, another lesser-known part of Eastern Europe drew your attention – this time Trebinje in Srpska, the Serbian part of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

2. Arctic Sortland: Norway’s BlueTown

On board Nordlandsjekta Brødrene, Sortlandssundet
The second most popular post in 2013 was from the Arctic. No surprise there. In fact, as readers seem to be so interested in Norway and the Arctic, what’s surprising is that we don’t write about it more.

1. Exploring the temple at Edfu

Edfu Temple

Finally, out of the blue, this year’s headline act is this little temple along the banks of the Nile.

21 Responses to “The 13 best of 2013”

  1. Silvia 23 December 2013 2051 #

    Wow, what a post to be introduced to your blog through! I guess there goes my afternoon. Seriously, your travels look amazing! I go to Norway often to visit family, but haven’t been up to the far north since I was a child. Hoping to change that soon, if I can stomach the heavy price tag of traveling through Norway. Also, love your site name!
    Silvia recently posted..Our Trip in Numbers

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2235 #

      Thanks for having a look, Silvia – and nice to meet you, if only virtually. :)

  2. Vera Marie Badertscher 24 December 2013 1752 #

    Sophie, I share your fascination with why people read what they read. But in your case, every article is so well written,enticingly illustrated, and interesting, I’m betting that all are almost equally popular. Happy New Year.
    Vera Marie Badertscher recently posted..The Blind Masseuse

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2236 #

      Thanks so much for the kind words. A compliment indeed, coming from you.

  3. Mette 26 December 2013 1349 #

    Love these best of posts. They give me a chance to catch up on some of the posts I have missed over the year.
    Mette recently posted..Best Italian Food Notes 2013

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2237 #

      I enjoy reading travellers’ summary posts, too – it’s that time of year :)

  4. Junalin @ Doula Training 27 December 2013 0337 #

    Getting excited about reading more. Great article.Really getting excited about read more. Continue writing.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2237 #

      Thank you.

  5. Mellisa Turner 28 December 2013 1049 #

    Wow ! Your journey of 2013 was pretty awesome and beautiful especially Barentsburg highlights

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2238 #

      Barentsburg certainly is a unique place.

  6. Renuka 29 December 2013 1102 #

    That’s a great compilation! Sounds your 2013 was incredibly rocking!
    Renuka recently posted..Looking Back At 2013

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2238 #


  7. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs 29 December 2013 2134 #

    Great list Girl, my favourite from all those is Norway. It is a country I can visit again and again :)
    Marysia @ My Travel Affairs recently posted..Friday Lens Affair #50

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2239 #

      Happy to hear you like it here in the northern world :)

      • Marysia @ My Travel Affairs 1 January 2014 2331 #

        To be honest I have completely felt in love with Norway from my first visit in 2012! Been couple of times already :) Waiting for more to come :)
        Marysia @ My Travel Affairs recently posted..Lucerne Lovely Light

        • Anne-Sophie Redisch
          Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 January 2014 1539 #

          Glad to hear it :)

  8. Mary @ Green Global Travel 31 December 2013 0708 #

    What an interesting year! Thank you for sharing. The photos are breathtaking. I hope 2014 treats you well. Happy New Year!
    Mary @ Green Global Travel recently posted..Happy Holidays! A Special Video Christmas Card From GGT to You

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 January 2014 1537 #

      And to you :)

  9. Jeanette Todd 8 January 2014 0848 #

    I can see from this compilation that 2013 was a great year. Hope you will have a prosperous 2014!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 January 2014 1955 #

      Thank you. And you, too.


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