Chasing a Persian Gulf Sunrise And Leaving Drama Behind: Piran Café’s Top-Five Posts For February 2016
This is a the eastern shore of Acigami, a lake shared by Argentina and Chile in the southernmost reaches of Tierra del Fuego. Few lakes on the planet are situated further south. It’s about 11km long with an average width of 1.5km; two-thirds of the lake lies within Chile where it’s known as Lago Errazuriz.
Its Argentine portion lies in Tierra del Fuego National Park, the park at the planet’s edge that I posted about early last month, a post that I’m happy to report was among the five most visited of those published on Piran Café in February 2016, and among the most shared.
Which brings us to the monthly brief glance back, an entirely objective recap counting down the most visited posts published during the previous month based solely on the number of visits logged. This more or less mirrors my favorites of the month, too, a coincidence that’s probably entertaining only to me. Onward.
1. Leaving Drama Behind – This whimsical image that describes how I feel when I go for long bike rides was the site’s 767th straight Pic du Jour –a streak that today reached 788— and featured on WordPress Discover last Friday, which sent stats through the roof. Thanks Michelle for the Editor’s Pick, and thanks to all of you who stopped by. Please, don’t be strangers.
Travel-wise, February’s highlights included my eighth working visit to Qatar, a nice sunny respite from the typical wet grayness that Ljubljana’s winters have become, and a pair of ski trips just to prove that not all of wintry Slovenia has succumbed to that gray wetness.
The plan for March is to stay home mainly, catch up with some photo and writing projects, and get back on my bike for some long rides the moment the weather breaks. On the site, look for a few more Qatar-related posts, several photo essays and maybe even a book manuscript excerpt or two.
As always, many thanks for reading, sharing and commenting. Please don’t stop. Your interest is very much appreciated. Happy March and even Happier Spring to you.
Fellow Bloggers: What was your most visited post published in February? Feel free to drop the link in the comments. Would love to check them out, too.
“Home” is a concept that many are grappling with these days, from the nearly 60 million people that are currently displaced worldwide, an all-time high, to those wanting to open their borders to them, and those wanting those borders firmly shut.
In “Né So”, which means “home” in her native Bambara language, Traoré is beautifully introspective but doesn’t mask her sense of outrage and urgency. Her interpretation of “Strange Fruit” blew me away. As NPR’s reviewer Anastasia Tsioulcas points out:
Her outrage and sorrow are palpable. Né So is a sonically beautiful project, for sure, and it’s easy to get lost in the lilting rhythms and Traoré’s smoky voice. But if you’re simply sitting back with this album, you may have missed her point.