New Mexico to Italy Blog is Back (sort of)!

Ciao Readers!

I’ve missed you!  And I’ve missed blogging!  So….

I’ve decided to get back to blogging with an updated name – “New Mexico to Italy …and beyond!”   I hope you’ll stick around as I tell tales of recent travels and travels yet to come (including travels back to Italy, of course!).  Since you likely subscribed to my blog for more than just my personal vacation photos, I’ll try to continue to blog with a slant towards cultural observations, handy travel tips and humor-filled “OMG” moments.  And I may take the liberty of “traveling” back to Italy, if only in my mind, to revisit the experience of living there now that there’s been some time and distance.  If you have any other thoughts, do tell!

Some of the recent travels to be blogged about include a trip to New York in January (it was eight degrees fahrenheit! [-13 C]) and a road trip through Vegas to the coast over Spring Break (can you say seafood photos?).  Some of the upcoming travels include Hawaii, and – after almost two years – back to Europe (including a tiny town in the middle of nowhere Netherlands, Otterlo, where the second largest collection of Van Gogh’s is housed)!!!  Did I mention we are on a quest to see every Van Gogh painting in the world?  (I thought about renaming the blog “In Search of Van Gogh,” but decided it was too narrow).

In any case, welcome back readers!  It’s great to “chat” again!!!

What 8 degrees in the Big Apple looks like:

Hope in NY

10,000 Views (from 61+ countries)!

Ciao Readers!

Today I am being totally self-indulgent (like a blog focused on me and my adventures isn’t self-indulgent enough already).  This past week my blog past 10,000 all time views!  How cool is that?!?!  To be fair, “views” do not equate with visitors, let alone different visitors; “views” refers to how many times people click on pages, etc. on my blog – so for instance, if you have clicked through on half of the e-mail notifications you have received to individual posts, then clicked on more pages while you were visiting, you alone may be 100+ of those 10,000 views.  Some people land on my blog totally by accident – interestingly, the most popular search terms that get people here are things having to do with scarves – “why do Italians wear scarves” or “how to wear a scarf like an Italian.”

In addition to being tickled at the number of views (and by the way – THANK YOU ALL!!!), I am really tickled by how far my blog has traveled (way further than I have).  I think it’s cool, so I am sharing with you the country views report, below (fyi WordPress, Puerto Rico is actually a commonwealth).  Thanks for coming along for the ride and please stick around for the next 10,000!

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 6,912
Italy FlagItaly 1,218
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 810
Australia FlagAustralia 312
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 145
Canada FlagCanada 93
Germany FlagGermany 89
Spain FlagSpain 69
Denmark FlagDenmark 39
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 31
Japan FlagJapan 28
Singapore FlagSingapore 20
India FlagIndia 16
France FlagFrance 12
Belgium FlagBelgium 9
Slovenia FlagSlovenia 8
Philippines FlagPhilippines 8
Croatia FlagCroatia 8
Finland FlagFinland 7
Greece FlagGreece 7
Turkey FlagTurkey 7
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 6
Egypt FlagEgypt 6
Serbia FlagSerbia 6
Brazil FlagBrazil 5
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 5
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 5
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 4
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 4
Lithuania FlagLithuania 4
Mexico FlagMexico 4
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 3
Bulgaria FlagBulgaria 3
Portugal FlagPortugal 3
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 3
Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic 3
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 3
Thailand FlagThailand 3
Hungary FlagHungary 2
Bosnia and Herzegovina FlagBosnia and Herzegovina 2
Austria FlagAustria 2
Sweden FlagSweden 2
Poland FlagPoland 2
Taiwan, Province of China FlagTaiwan 2
Ecuador FlagEcuador 2
Puerto Rico FlagPuerto Rico 2
Pakistan FlagPakistan 2
Israel FlagIsrael 2
Hong Kong FlagHong Kong 1
Montenegro FlagMontenegro 1
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 1
Lao People's Democratic Republic FlagLao People’s Democratic Republic 1
Estonia FlagEstonia 1
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of FlagMacedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 1
Ireland FlagIreland 1
Syrian Arab Republic FlagSyrian Arab Republic 1
Mauritius FlagMauritius 1
Tunisia FlagTunisia 1
Romania FlagRomania 1
Libya FlagLibya 1
Peru FlagPeru 1
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