My 7 Links: Review of Posts From the Past

By Mark Wiens 19 Comments
Mark and Fish
Mark and Fish

I was nominated by Earl who runs the always exciting Wandering Earl travel blog (if you haven’t seen his blog, go check him out now – he’s one of my biggest inspirations and examples in the travel world), to partake in a 7 links project.

The 7 links project for travel bloggers was started by Katie from Tipbase in an effort to share content that has gotten submerged in the massive archives of material.

So here it is, 7 questions answered by 7 links from past Migrationology posts. Thanks for taking a look and I’d love to hear your comments! I’ve also posted 5 more travel bloggers to take part in this project (at the end).

1. Most Beautiful Post

 21 Mesmerizing Photos of Stone Town, Zanzibar (in Black and White)

These photos were originally shot in color, but I decided to put them into black and white to see how they looked. I loved the way the detail and texture of the subjects in the photos were highlighted and exposed.

Amazing Thai Food
Amazing Thai Food

2. Most Popular Post

100 Thai Dishes to Eat in Bangkok: The Ultimate Eating Guide

Even though this massive post of all things Thai food was published over a year ago, it still brings in quite a bit of traffic from those seeking out Thai food. I knew I had an overwhelming supply of Thai food photos and I didn’t know what else to do, so that’s why ended up publishing this article in the first place!

3. Most Controversial Post

Dandora Dangerous: Nairobi’s Dump Site

Reflecting back, I guess I didn’t really write too many controversial posts on Migrationology. Looks like I’m going to have to get some controversy to an article for the future!

If you are looking for a controversial article I wrote, take a look at this one here: Yucky of What? Thailand’s 13 Most Totally and Utterly Repulsive Dishes.

It got some great hate comments – but it’s always fun to read hate comments and after seeing them, you immediately know that the comment leaver didn’t even read your post (by the way, I genuinely love all 13 of the dishes I mentioned on the list!).

4. Most Helpful Post

101 Things To Do in Nairobi

It struck me that Nairobi, a city that I grew up in for a majority of my youth years, had very little written about it. In fact, many tourists either avoid the city altogether (due to stories they’ve heard), or get bored after 2 -3 days of staying there.

Lists of top things to do in Nairobi were limited to the Top 10, and even then, it looked like writers were struggling to come up with things to do in the capital of Kenya. That’s when I started brainstorming and jotting things down about Nairobi to hopefully offer some fresh ideas and prove that Nairobi is a fantastic city to visit.

5. Post Whose Success Surprised Me

Smart Village Eritrean Restaurant in Nairobi

My devout love for Ethiopian cuisine rivals that of my Thai food affair.

So when I posted this review of one of my favorite restaurants in Nairobi (and all of the world), I was excited and surprised that so many people were interested and intrigued to learn more about Ethiopian food. If you haven’t had it, I’d encourage you to go check out an Ethiopian restaurant in your area (and let me know how you like it!).

6. Post I Feel Didn’t Got The Attention It Deserved

How to Eat Freakishly Weird Foods

As a devout lover of food from around the world, including all forms of weird food, this post about how to eat freakishly weird food probably didn’t get as much attention as I had hoped for. I wrote it sort of to be funny, but overall to help people to just go for it and sample it – even if it doesn’t look that appetizing!

Coron Island, Philippines
Coron Island, Philippines

7. Post I am Most Proud Of

How to be a Millionaire for $35.32

I wrote this post when I was in the Philippines, at a time when I really realized that it doesn’t take millions to feel like a millionaire if you are living and doing what you are most passionate about. It also goes to show that traveling doesn’t need to be nearly as expensive as many think.

Here are 5 Travel bloggers that I nominate to post an article of their 7 links.

Thanks for taking a look at this blast from the past!

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  • Christina

    10 years ago

    Mark, thank you so much for nominating me for the 7 Links Project. I really enjoyed reading your summary, it gave me the chance to discover your post on the Dandora dump site – a very good article.
    And I agree, the How to Eat Freakishly Weird Foods post should get more attention. I was faced with the question of how to eat certain weird foods a lot when I was invited to dinners in Nanjing, China…

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Hey Christina,
      No problem at all for the nomination, you share some really cool adventures on Jandal Road.
      Thanks for taking a look my my 7 links. It was actually tougher than I thought having to choose between articles to select. I still haven’t been to China, but just bought a flight there for next month – I hope to eat some really freakishly weird delicacies!

  • crazy sexy fun traveler

    10 years ago

    I so loved the Zanzibar photos!

  • The Travel Chica

    10 years ago

    I really enjoyed your how to be a millionaire post and 100 Thai dishes. I hadn’t read the Dandora Dump post before. A good piece about a sad situation.

    And thanks for nominating me. I’m looking forward to taking a look back at the last 8 months or so.

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      No problem Stephanie and thanks for taking a look at these links I rounded up!

  • InsideJourneys

    10 years ago

    OMG, you are BRAVE!!!!!
    You should be a guest on one of those tv shows – go head to head with Andrew Zimmer (I think that’s his name).

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by and for the great comment! Doing a tv show while eating would be a dream come true! I’m a big fan of Andrew Zimmern, he has a genuine passion for eating weird things!

  • Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista

    10 years ago

    I am really enjoying the 7 links project. It is a great way to read some great posts. I really can’t understand why people didn’t respond to your post “How to eat Freakishly weird food”! That is some nasty stuff there 🙂 Maybe they just couldn’t stomach it. LOL

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Hehe, thanks for checking it out Debbie! Yah, this project is a great way to reveal posts that have been hidden below for so long. I guess it does take an adventurous person to be able to indulge in freakishly weird foods!

  • Michael Figueiredo

    10 years ago

    I’m going to read all of these posts right now! What I love about your site is that you have been to so many places that I haven’t visited yet, so I get to experience new places all the time and can plan for future trips! 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Appreciate you taking the time to look at these Michael. Hope to meet you in SE Asia (or anywhere in the world) someday!

  • Leslie

    10 years ago

    Love this post! The photos are lush and your descriptions of old posts bring back memories of reading them. I especially enjoyed your Nairobi pieces. Thanks for mentioning Downtown Traveler– I’ll get started on my own “7 links”!

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Thanks Leslie! Looking forward to your links article!

  • jamie – cloud people adventures

    10 years ago

    thanks for the nomination mate!
    i particularly loved your most controversial post, the nairobi dump site. took some nuts to get in there amongst it.
    a couple here that i havent seen, so have to check em out!

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      No problem Jamie! I enjoy reading your blog and love your photography. Thanks for checking out those other links I posted and look forward to reading the links you uncover!

  • Nomadic Samuel

    10 years ago

    Your post on Thai food is simply awesome! It makes me hungry just looking at the photos. Personally I’ve been to Thailand over 10 times & the local food is one of the huge highlights. From your list my favorites are 4, 11 & 12.

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Thanks Samuel! Great to hear that, and glad you also love Thai food. You’re definitely right, Thai food is a major reason to visit Thailand!