10 Year Blogiversary!

10 Year Blogiversary Collage for I have the wanders

Can you believe it's my 10 year Blogiversary?! That's right, I have been blogging for exactly 10 years this week! Even though I am not the most consistent, I am still happy to celebrate this milestone.
Here are some stats and some favorite pictures to celebrate.

First Blog Post: 5/24/07 - "Austria"

Total Posts Published to Date: 388

Countries Visited to Date: 45

Favorite Places as of today: Iceland, Ireland, Iran, New Zealand, Peru

Platform: Still on Blogger for some reason

Blog Redesigns: More than 10 full ones and still working on it

Drafts, both complete and incomplete sitting in my draft box: 12

Majority of Traffic: US, Brazil, Ireland, Thailand, UK

Pictures taken: More than 50,000

Top Five Experiences so far: 

1. Machu Picchu
2. Himalayan Trek in Nepal
3. Iran
4. Northern Lights in Iceland
5. Egypt 

Jobs held since blog started: 3

Next planned trip: None

Next dream trip: Patagonia 

Why do I still Blog? 

I still blog so I can share what I see and experience so as to hopefully inspire people in my life to take up curiosity as a serious pursuit, in whatever form it takes.  I also do it so I can remember. At this point, if I don't write it down, I start to forget unless the experience shifted my life in a big way. (Which is sad to say.) There are so many places, so many little details, I no longer have enough ram for all of my travel memories and all of my everyday memories to co-exist with my everyday functioning. I also like looking back at the reflections set in print in the archives of this blog. It helps me to see how I have changed and grown as a person but also how my perspectives shift on places as time goes by and the experiences become more digested.

And now, some visual aids!

Lost Gardens of Heligan, St. Austell, Cornwall Uk
Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, UK 

Iceland Crossroads
Crossroads in Iceland while jetlag driving at 6am

The Eden Project, UK
The Eden Project, St. Austell, UK 

Arctic Fox Iceland
Icelandic Friend 

Iceland Volcano
I went in this dormant volcano with Inside the Volcano! 
Inside the Volcano Iceland
Inside the Volcano, looking up 

Jerash, Jordan
Where old meets new, Jerash, Jordan 

Stonehenge at Sunrise
That time I got to go IN Stonehenge for surnise!!
Stonehenge at Sunrse
From inside Stonehenge at Sunrise

Croagh Patrick, Ireland
Croagh Patrick, The Holy Mountain of Ireland which still eludes me. 

Glastonbury UK in the sun
Glastonbury, UK 

Glastonbury Tor in the sun, UK
Glastonbury Tor - UK 

Bray Head, Ireland, Vikings Filming Location
Bray, Ireland 
Game of Thrones Filming Locations, The Dark Hedge, Northern Ireland, UK
The Dark Hedge, Northern Ireland, UK

The Treasury, Petra, Jordan through the rock
The Treasury Petra, Jordan 
The Monastery, Petra, Jordan
Everyone knows The Treasury but The Monastery is just as spectacular. How did they build that?!
Wadi Rum Sunset, Jordan
Unedited Sunset, Wadi Rum, Jordan 
The Arch, Wadi Rum, Jordan
The Arch, Wadi Rum, Jordan 

Nash Point natural rock formations, Wales, UK
Nash Point, Wales, UK

Glendalough, Co Wicklow, Ireland
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland 

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China 

Hong Kong Gardens and Buildings
Hong Kong 

Shanghai China Lights at Night
Shanghai by Night

People sleeping in public China
I have a whole series of these from around the world - People asleep in public who clearly didn't mean to be asleep. - China 

Sydney Opera House at Sunrise Australia
Sydney Opera House at Sunrise 

Sunrise Sydney Australia Bay
Sunrise - Sydney Bay, Australia

Abu Simbel Temple, Aswan, Egypt
Abu Simbel Temple, Aswan, Egypt

Great Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx
Great Pyramids of Giza 
Children Fishing with nets in Vang Vieng, Laos
Morning fishing, Vang Vieng, Laos

Baby being carried in Sapa Valley Vietnam
This cute baby was super interested in me for some reason and really kept his eye on me. Sapa Valley, Vietnam 

Sunset through the clouds, Koh Rong Cambodia
Sunset over Koh Rong, Cambodia 

Ta Prohm Temple Tree, Cambodia, Angkor Wat Temple Complex
Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia 

Boat at Maya Bay Phi Phi Island, Thailand, filming location of The Beach
The busiest bay I've ever seen, Maya Bay Phi Phi Island, Thailand 

Iran Handicraft Design Work at a Mosque, honeycombs
Iran artist work 

Kangaroo with Joey, Australia
Kangaroo friend with a joey, Australia 

Sunset over the Alps, Austria
Still one of the most incredible sunsets I've ever seen. Just outside of Innsbruck, Austria tucked into the Alps. 

Prayer Flags and Mountains in Bhutan
En route to the Tiger's Nest, Bhutan 

Tiger's Nest Bhutan
Still too incredible for words. Tiger's Nest, Bhutan 

Himalayan Mountains Nepal
I lived. Nepal. Surnise. 

Reykjavik Auroras Iceland
Auroras out my window in Reykjavik! 
Mongolian Gers at Sunrise
Our gers, the moon and my shadow at sunrise, Mongolia 

Mongolian Transportation
How and why we lived in Mongolia, our vehicle and our guides! 

Pink Moonrise Mongolia
Moonrise Mongolia 

Pink Moonrise Mongolia
Mongolia Moonrise 
Machu Picchu Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru - Happy Sawrah 

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu before dawn 

Machu Picchu, Peru at Sunrise
Machu Picchu at Sunrise 

 Thanks for reading! 

I am starting to do some itinerary planning and consulting so if you ever need help on a trip, don't hesitate to reach out :)  sawrah@ihavethewanders.com