Bus Rides, Street Assaults and Heavy Metal Murals – Piran Café’s Top 10 Posts of 2013
This is a shot of Cerro Rico, the unfortunate mountain that towers over Potosi, Bolivia, that I snapped just before I was punched in the crotch by a four-and-a-half tall grandmother wrapped in brightly colored clothes. I’m delighted to report that a post recounting the incident back in March was among the ten most visited on Piran Café this past year. I’m not sure if I should be glad or disappointed that it didn’t come in at No. 1.
I hit the road for seven months at the tail end of January, so not surprisingly Piran Cafe focused almost exclusively on my overland jaunt through eight South and Central American countries –seven of those for the first time– which boosted my countries-visited tally to 51.
Eight of the top 10 posts for the year were filed in South America, on topics as disparate as the locales they reported on. Two of the top three were practical (and of course, entertaining) in nature, providing readers and travelers with bus information for routes where such info remains difficult to find or obtain. Interests noted; more variations on the theme to come in 2014, promise.
I am a little disappointed that I didn’t post as much or as often as I wanted to from the road. I couldn’t quite find the right balance between blogging and collecting notes for my book manuscript, but I still plan to do plenty of catching up over the next several months as I continue working on the book.
So, for those of you may have missed some –and some of you quite likely did– here’s my annual rundown of the most read posts from the past year.
I attended 26 screenings at the Ljubljana International Film Festival in November, and this film by Austrian architect/experimental artist Gustav Deutsch was among the most memorable. A monumentally ambitious visual and intellectual feast.
The first and most popular of my weekly roundup posts; this one began in Manta, Ecuador and ended in Quito. I was pretty good about compiling them for a few weeks until hepatitis A stopped me in my tracks.
If any bus ride can be forgiven for being stretched from seven hours to nearly 11, it’s this one, linking Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, the Chilean capital, via a pass through some of the highest peaks in the Andes.
Info and pics of a heavy metal urban beautification project in the Bulgarian Black Sea coastal town of Kavarna. The place to go if you want to see three-story high murals of Ronnie James Dio and Billy Idol. Visited in late 2012, but posted in January.
Details and info on the bus route linking these cities in the far reaches of Patagonia. Highlights? Guanaco and nandu sightings galore, crossing the Magellan Strait and driving alongside Chilean minefields.
What to expect in 2014? Bar none, the best year ever for Piran Café! That’s a promise I intend to keep. As always, thanks for visiting, and enjoy the pic gallery below. And if you missed yesterday’s 2013 photography flashback, check that one out too. And if you’re not already, please consider following me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.