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.

Piran Café’s Top-Five Posts for February 2016

Seamstress and vendor, Sapa Vietnam

5. Seamstress and Clothes Vendor, Sapa, Vietnam a candid portrait of a woman in this northern Vietnamese town who sold me clothes I’ve never worn.

4. A Park at the Planet’s Edge: Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego National Park One of the best summaries of this park on the internet today. Seriously. 🙂

Church above the clouds: in the village of Osredek pri Dobrovi, near Ljubljana, Slovenia

3. Slovenia Day Trips: Hiking to Grmada and St. Jakob Hills Outlining a couple options where you can hike and hang out above the clouds less than 30 minutes from Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana.

Desert sunrise over the Persian Gulf near Khor Al-Adaid in southern Qatar

2. Sunrise Drive to Khor Al Adaid: Pre-dawn Dune Bashing Near Southern Qatar’s Inland Sea an account of an early morning excursion to Qatar’s premiere natural attraction. Published just four days ago, it was excellent to see this post gain some immediate traction. By the way: I searched around a bit and can say with a solid degree of confidence that a longer account of this trip does not exist on the web. 🙂

Bicyclists in Drama, Slovenia

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.

Looking back a bit further: The brief glance back at January 2016 is here, and a recap of 2015’s top pics and posts is here.

Looking ahead

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.


Speaking of home:

Rokia Traoré’s new release Né So, in which the Malian artists examines and investigates what the notion of “home” means, is currently No. 1 on WMCE’s World Music Charts Europe for March. It’s an apt choice.

“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.

English and French translations of all the songs are here, via her label Nonesuch. The complete album, via NPR, is below. Enjoy.





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