Seven articles of mine I deemed worth reading again.
My most beautiful post
This is a tricky one, as all my posts are beautiful (of course!), but probably one of my favorite is In Rome, journeying through history, where I paint Rome as I experienced it in the seven years I’ve lived there. I’m very happy to be in East Asia right now, but I can’t deny that sometimes I think about Rome, how nice was living there (apart from the traffic that gets stuck every single day), and how magical it felt to see art and history around every corner. I haven’t just been to Rome, I know it intimately, I’ve become a local, and reading my article brings me back to those years.
My most popular post
I personally love my article “Did you know that stones bleed?” Journey in the mysterious world of Pino Sciola, and I loved meeting such an inspiring person and artist, but when I saw the stats only a couple of days after publishing it, I was astonished, over 10,000 hits. Now that it’s fast going towards the 40,000 hits and visits keep coming unstoppable, I can only be very proud that among all posts from around the world,the most popular is about my hometown. This shows the genuine interest readers have towards unsung places and makes me willing to publish more about Sardinia.
My most controversial post
This post is controversial because the subjects of my pictures are controversial. In Photo Essay: Orgosolo Murals, Sardinia’s controversial side I posted the images of the murals from Orgosolo, where local artists express their political opinions through beautiful paintings all over the town. The murals show undisputed support for the downtrodden and don’t shy away from criticizing the world’s strongest powers and their unwillingness to fight poverty and war, sometimes attacking leaders who in school textbooks have been inappropriately defined as “heroes”.
My most helpful post
Since I’ve been living in China, I’ve realized how hard it is to be in a place where you are not confident with the language. Finding myself in the need of a constant translator has been the most frustrating part of my expat life in China. Not that now I’m fluent in Mandarin, but at least I can communicate. Although now more locals speak English than when I arrived a year ago, it’s not uncommon to find shops, restaurants, cafés, the streets, where nobody speaks anything other than Chinese. This is why I started my series where I provide some sentences with pinyin and characters for the basic topics anyone might need. I’ve written five posts, but the one I chose as the most helpful is Visiting China? Must-know expressions in Mandarin – Part 2: Asking for Directions.
A post whose success surprised me
Since I’ve been living in Shanghai, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring the city. One of the most interesting places I’ve visited is Shanghai Museum, in People’s Square, precious collection of objects from ancient China, from ceramics, to jade to traditional characters writings. When I wrote Shanghai Museum, an exquisite sample of China I very much enjoyed going through the pictures I had taken during my visit, but I certainly didn’t expect the success it had, as I thought this was just one of the many posts about museums. I believe its success is due to the fact that people all over the world are curious about China. The Red Dragon is slowly opening up, it’s becoming a gigantic economic power, it has a greater weight in the international relations arena and commercial partnerships with always more countries, and I’m sure many people are still surprised for such a fast development and want to know more about it.
A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
I’ve always liked drinking tea, and I’ve always known China is the hometown, but I’ve never really understood what that meant until I went to a tea market in Shanghai. Here having tea is not mere drinking, it’s a tradition, more than that, it’s an art. This is why I feel my post In China, learning the art of drinking tea didn’t get the attention it should have. It’s common belief that Chinese fast development has been sacrificing its oldest cultural rituals, and while this can be true sometimes, it’s a too simplistic way to interpret the changes happening in this not-so-Far Eastern country. The tea art is thousands of years old, and deserves as much attention as the recent changes in Chinese society.
The post that I am more proud of
I’m very proud of my post In India, looking for Manila not much because it’s the finest writing ever or because I’ve done something special in Manila, but because it’s the most godforsaken place I’ve ever been. Seriously, the floating restaurant in the Amazon River I went to when I was 13 was more popular than in-the-middle-of-nowhere Manila. However, I’m very proud I have been there, I have come to grips with real traditional India, nothing was “prepared” for the tourist to see how locals live, nothing was organized for the travel writer to take notes, life when I went is just like it is now that I’m not there anymore, and this makes the whole experience more precious than any arranged tour.
Those were my seven posts, and here are the five bloggers I nominate for the next “7 Links” round-up:
Alison of Colouring A Corner
Elizabeth and Cheryl of Far Out Of Office
Shivya of The Shooting Star
Rhonda of Bamboo Butterfly
Kelsi of Some Sojourns