The year is winding down and it’s a time for some self-reflection. 2015 has been an interesting, fast-paced amazing year for me. We did so much, grew a lot and had a lot of fantastic experiences. One of which was taking journaling about my travels for my family and friends to read to a whole new level which reached farther than I could have ever imagined. And it has certainly been entertaining to watch which posts of mine have reached readers the most. Some have been loved and some have received hate-mail by those who do not hold the same opinion. But, that has never stopped me from writing about things that entertain me!
So, without further ado, here are my top posts from 2015 which I thought could use some recognition.
Why You Will Never Be The Same After Living in Germany – Views: 14,385
I wrote this post because I was inspired to write about how I changed after leaving Germany in 2008 after a year of studying abroad in Heidelberg. I knew the ways in which I had changed and how much Germany affected me. I could never be the same after living somewhere so amazing, and now being back, I know now, this is the place where my heart belongs.
100 Things I Have Learned About Germans (and Bavarians!) – Views: 5,987
I was inspired to write this post after living back in Germany for my third year. I have learned so much about the Germans (and the Bavarians) and now know the difference between the two. This post turned out to be incredibly controversial as not everyone agreed with me and caused me to received some of my first and harshest criticism. Words hurt, especially when people hide behind the anonymousity computers offer. So I had to remind readers that these were my opinions from the experiences I have had while learning about the culture I now call home.
100 Interesting Facts About Germany – View: 3,059
Inspiration came to me for this blog after researching about travel-related things within Germany. So I started keeping a list of things I learned that I found interesting which many people might not also have known about. So then I started researching other interesting facts and before I knew it, I had 100 facts. The most surprising fact was when I discovered that despite allllll the beer Germans drink, they came in only second compared to the smaller country of the Czech Republic.
The Fairy-Tale Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Views: 2,329
It’s not surprising that such an admired and beloved town such as the romantic Medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber made it in the Top 8. People absolutely love this fairy-tale town and it is considered one of Germany’s most idyllic and picturesque towns. I’d say, I’d have to agree with everyone else!
Understanding the Lederhosen Culture – Views: 2,193
So I was inspired to write this post after reading a similar post on another blog as I was preparing for Erste Mai in Germany when the Maibaum is raised and the season for wearing your Lederhosen and Dirndl officially kicks off. I was inspired to research a bit further as to why the Bavarians love their Tracht so much and where the tradition began. I was quite surprised to find that this blog is among my most beloved posts, but I guess many people are as curious about this culture as I am!
Schloss Neuschwanstein – Views: 1,880
Another very romantic and magical hotspot that all tourists love, it was no surprise that this beloved castle from King Ludwig II of Bavaria made it in the Top 8. It’s a fairy-tale dream castle from a time long gone and people seem to love the romance that this castle inspires.
Germany’s Tallest Peak: Zugspitze – Views: 1,1,41
For Valentine’s Day 2015, the love of my life and I made the most spontaneous and last minute decision for this highly over-rated and stressful “holiday” of love. Instead of stressing about buying the most romantic gift or that dark, romantic corner in an expensive restaurant, we got up in the morning, hopped on the train and headed down to Zugspitze. It turned out to be one of the romantic actions we have ever done for each other and a fantastic day. There weren’t so many tourists and we were on top of Germany with stunning views. How could anything else be any more romantic than that!
Strange German Superstitions To Be Taken Seriously! – Views: 966
Not one of my highest ranking posts, but certainly in the Top 8, I was surprised to see that this post made the cut! Every culture has their own strange superstitions that people religiously believe in. Germany certainly has some funny quirks and I was inspired to write this post after learning about the superstition many Germans have about saying or acknowledging someone’s birthday BEFORE their birthday, even if they see the birthday kid the day before or even a minute before the clock strikes 12! Guess a lot of other people find these little facts interesting too!
Overall, it has been interesting to see which posts come in at the top and which ones didn’t make the cut! It has certainly been entertaining to write all these posts and watch how people all over the world love, hate and share my posts and it’s amazing to see how my words reach so many people. So thank you for following me and being patient with me as I learned the ins and outs of blogging! I hope you have enjoyed my posts as I try to share as much as possible with you about traveling within Germany and the things I have learned about this wonderful culture! So stay tuned for 2016!🙂
Runner Ups You Might Find Interesting
Do you have a favorite post of mine that you think should have made it in the Top 8? Tell me below!