My 7 links

Katie at Tripbase has put together a fun, new blog challenge to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavour to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

And how to do this? Details are over at Tripbase here; the abbreviated version is this:

  1. Get tagged – huge thanks to Cailin from Travel Yourself for the kind nomination.
  2. Determine your 7 links based on the criteria below.
  3. Tag 5 other bloggers.

Here goes: My 7 links

The most beautiful post

My 7 links

This little post on lamenting lost love in the Azores, perhaps. It’s a beautiful, if sad fairy-tale.

The most popular post

Street sculptures in Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava Street Art. I don’t know… I suppose people simply like street art.

The most controversial post

Geir Halvorsen/flickr’s Creative Commons

Not many controversial posts on Sophie’s World. One that did spark a few reactions – both in comments and in e-mails, was 17 May – Hip hip hooray!. How can a post about a country’s Constitution Day be controversial, you ask? Well, I did detail some of the more debauching antics of Norway’s high school seniors as they celebrate the end of 13 years of school.

The most helpful post

I like taking a narrative approach to the classic ‘Things to do in xxx’-post. I also like to focus on the world’s more curious corners, hoping to give a useful presentation of interesting things to see and do in cities often unsung. Things to do in Skopje is an example.

A post whose success surprised you

A post that has received heaps of attention is The longest place name in the world?. Not exactly sure why, possibly because the title is a question and implying some sort of record (note to self…).

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

I don’t really have an answer for this category, as I’m very pleased with any attention. However, if we rephrase just slightly, I’d say that the post on the plight of the stateless Bedoun people is a post I’d like to see spread further. And the timing fits, too. Just today, American Girl, who cares deeply about the Bedoun, posted a thought-provoking comment, asking for tips on how to set up a charity or find educational funds to help Bedoun children go to school. If you click on one of my 7 links, please make it this one! And if you have any experience with charitable work at all and think you can contribute with a good idea or thoughts on where to start, please get in touch with her. Her e-mail address is in the comment.

The post that you are most proud of

Photo courtesy of

Hm, proud is a word I find a wee bit uncomfortable. Instead, I’ll mention a post I’m pleased with. I really enjoyed writing these late night observations from Dubai Airport’s Terminal 2. In a city known for glitz and riches (and an airport known for the same), it was interesting to see the simplicity of this terminal which mostly caters to Dubai’s itinerant workers. Terminal 2 is where flights take off for the world’s “bad” places like Kabul, Mogadishu, Bagdad – or unknown places, such as Gheshm, Ahwaz and Ashgabat – on never-before-heard-of-airlines like Queshm Fars Air, Pamir Airways, Jubba Air; even including airlines banned from EU air space.

That concludes my 7 links. Now it’s time to tag five fabulous bloggers. Take it away,

– Amanda from Not a Ballerina
– Vera from A Traveler’s Library
– Natalia from No Beaten Path
– Laura and Roberto from Travel for Love, and
– Geoff from Itinerant Londoner



34 Responses to “My 7 links”

  1. Amanda Kendle 11 July 2011 0318 #

    Love your post summary (I want to go away and read all of them now!). And thanks so much for the tag! I saw this on another blog just yesterday and love the idea, so I will enjoy browsing through my blog to do it for mine. Thank you!!

  2. Michael Figueiredo 11 July 2011 0554 #

    You are the only other person I know who has seen Sete Cidades. It truly is gorgeous! I’m going to look through your other posts now. 🙂

  3. Grace 11 July 2011 0604 #

    A really good compilation which allowed me to get to know you and your site better! I couldn’t help but chuckle at the longest name for a place post. How do you even say that?

  4. Louise 11 July 2011 0959 #

    So many cool articles and bright, cheerful photos. I’m afraid I don’t know much about setting up charities or such, but I’ll definitely take a look at the one on the Bedoun!

  5. jamie - cloud people adventures 11 July 2011 1221 #

    love the photo from your most controversial post! looks like a good party-time to me.

  6. adventureswithben 11 July 2011 1417 #

    I like the longest place name the best. What a great idea for a story… AND… a cool name.

  7. inka 11 July 2011 1702 #

    I remember the Azores post well. It touched my heart.

  8. robin 11 July 2011 1924 #

    I think the 17th may one was a favourite for me but they’re all quality.

  9. Another great list of awesome posts! I will be visiting the ones I haven’t read yet. I am really enjoying looking at all the links. It is a great way to find new bloggers to read and learn from.

  10. Jeremy Branham 11 July 2011 2015 #

    Definitely found the one on Constitution Day interesting, disturbing, and disappointing

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 July 2011 2244 #

      @Jeremy – Let’s see – I’m guessing you found the part on the children’s parade and dressing in national costumes interesting, the mad behaviour of graduates disturbing and the fact that it’s not discouraged disappointing… 🙂

  11. The Travel Chica 12 July 2011 0036 #

    I love street art! That is a pretty cool pic you took. One of my most popular posts is about graffiti art in Buenos Aires. We are apparently not alone in our love of street art.

  12. Mark Wiens 12 July 2011 0416 #

    Great work Sophie! You’ve highlighted so many interesting destinations. I just read your things to do in Skopje article!

  13. Robert G 12 July 2011 1040 #

    I love the post on Constitution Day. I was in Oslo for May 17th a few years ago, and I’ve never seen anything like it. Everyone looked like they had fun and especially the “russ” 🙂

  14. Cathy Sweeney 12 July 2011 1949 #

    Nice post choices, Sophie! I always enjoy your stories, but had missed the one about Dubai’s Terminal 2. Loved it. How cool that the My 7 Links project has prompted re-posts like that one.

  15. TIm 13 July 2011 1100 #

    Wow, how haven’t I read all of these posts before? Love the photos, ranging from beautiful to quirky to very creative angles to… I have to ask: has that girl tied a condom in her hair?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 July 2011 1235 #

      @Tim – Thanks – and yes, I’m afraid it is.

  16. crazy sexy fun traveler 13 July 2011 1739 #

    Your most popular post was about the capital of my home country? LOVE it 😀

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 15 July 2011 0957 #

      @crazysexyfun – Haha, yes, I’m happy to see Slovakia getting some attention. I think it rivals big brother Czech Republic in many ways.

  17. Emi 19 July 2011 1232 #

    Great articles just have to read, I would never travel same way as you I need some safe place to stay that why I use home exchange

  18. Sherry 19 July 2011 1805 #

    I am a big sucker for romantic folklore & to no surprise to me, I feel in love with your most beautiful post. I have always wanted to visit the Azores & now I have a beautiful story to keep reminding me to go. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your links to your past post.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 July 2011 1655 #

      @Sherry – thanks 🙂

  19. Maria 2 August 2011 0121 #

    Nicely done Sophie! Now I’m off to stumble through the rest of the site. *grin*

  20. Ciki 2 August 2011 1117 #

    you’re so modest ! you should be proud -they were all terrific posts:) thanks for sharing.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 August 2011 1503 #

      Thanks Ciki, you’re very kind 🙂

  21. Bob Crunch 5 August 2011 1740 #

    I really liked the Bratislava Street Art article. Have not had a chance to read the others however.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 August 2011 1749 #

      @ Bob – Thank you!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 August 2011 1800 #

      @Bob – Thank you. Bratislava is a cool little capital.

  22. Nomadic Samuel 19 August 2011 2013 #

    What a nice summary of posts! I really enjoyed your street artist article 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 August 2011 0030 #

      @Nomadic Samuel: Thank you!

  23. Thristhan 25 August 2011 0652 #

    I need to go to “The longest place name in the world”, Hahaha, just can’t imagine memorising the super long name.

  24. Nancie 19 September 2011 0134 #

    Nice group of posts Sophie. I remember most of them 🙂


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