Whenever I travel, and often when I’m not traveling, I enjoy writing travel posts. I also blog about other topics whenever something’s on my mind. That’s why I call it “Rachel’s Ruminations”: I ruminate.
It’s clear that my articles on issues surrounding American citizenship and my renunciation have struck a chord. Number 1 on the list of views (after my homepage) was the post I wrote very quickly when I got home on the day I renounced my citizenship.
However, I still think of myself primarily as a travel blogger, so today I want to look back at my top 10 travel posts of 2015. Here is the list, with a quick summary of each and a link, so if you missed it you can go back and read it.
1. The Paradise in “Death in Paradise”: Deshaies
I chose to visit Guadeloupe based on my enjoyment of the setting of the television series “Death in Paradise.” Arriving in the town of Deshaies, where the filming takes place, gave me a weird sense of déjà vu. It really is paradise! (Read it here.)
2. Groningen Walking Tour
This post is a straightforward walking tour for a short visit to Groningen, where I live. (Read it here.)
3. Yes, you CAN visit the Rijksmuseum in two hours!
With only about two hours to spend in the Rijksmuseum, what do you see? The Golden Age masters, of course, in the long exhibition space that culminates in Rembrandt’s “Night Watch.” (Read it here.)
4. The Most Beautiful Starbucks?
Back in Groningen again, I finally noticed the gorgeous Starbucks right here in the train station, in the restored 1896 first-class waiting room. (Read it here.)
5. Visiting Vizeat
I love the idea of Vizeat: when you travel to a new city, you can book a meal in someone’s home. It gives you access to a local, who could be a great resource for insider information about the city, and you get a home-cooked meal at the same time! (Read it here.)
6. 5 Reasons to Visit Lloret de Mar
Lloret de Mar, in Spain, illustrates the idea that you should judge a place yourself rather than believe its reputation. Lloret had a lot more to offer than I expected when I went there for a conference. (Read it here.)
7. Mr. Toilet House? A Toilet Museum
I think this post has been popular just for the sheer absurdity of this museum in South Korea dedicated to toilets! (Read it here.)
8. 4 Snorkeling Trip Surprises
On two snorkeling trips in Guadeloupe and Martinique, I enjoyed an exhilaratingly fast boat ride, swimming in hot water, and sighting both dolphins and a whale. (Read it here.)
9.Climbing La Soufrière Volcano
In this post I describe a day when I ventured far outside my comfort zone: all the way to the top of a volcano in Guadeloupe. (Read it here.)
10. Victoria Peak: The Top of Hong Kong
Instead of visiting the rampant commercialism that most tourists see at the top of Victoria Peak, I enjoyed a pleasant shady walk in the tropical forest that covers the peak. (Read it here.)
It’s been a great year of travel for me! I hope you have enjoyed my ruminations, and I plan to provide many more in the year to come! Happy New Year, dear readers!
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