[OR SIPPING ESPRESSO BY THE NUMBERS]
Over the summer, we took a cruise that concluded with a goodbye letter from the captain, along with “fun facts” about our time at sea. For example, they listed the number of crew on board, the amount of food consumed in terms of weight, our nautical miles traveled, etc. It gave me the idea that it may be fun to also look back at our own blogging voyage and break down the numbers from this past year.
So without further adieu… here you go.
Sipping Espresso by The Numbers
Number of Blog Posts
87 (including this one)
I couldn’t make it to the even 100 – even though I have a few half-written posts in the pipeline. Sometimes all I feel like I’m doing is sitting in front of my computer… blogging!
Total Number of Page Views
I was shocked and awed by the number of people that have visited our blog. Thanks, mom and dad for clicking on the blog 25,645 times and getting your friends to click on the links the remaining 310 times.
Most Unique Countries That Have Visited the Blog
Ukraine (we’re huge with the Ukrainian crowd), Russia, China, Japan, Korea and Australia. We also have a good amount of visits from our European neighbors – France, Spain, Norway, Germany and Denmark. Of course, our biggest base is still the good ‘ol U.S. of A.
Post With The Most Page Views
The View Overtop Como (link) – 1,114 page views
I was really surprised by this. It’s definitely not one of the better posts or subject matters. I think it must have some combination of key words that rank it fairly high in google searches about Lake Como.
This was a tough one for me. It’s like choosing among your children. OK, that’s not true at all – it was much easier than that. I liked these particular posts because I had such fond memories of the events, there was usually a good combination of food/travel/photography in the story and there was most likely a quip or joke I made that I still find to be particularly witty today.
Jen’s Favorite Posts
Beaches, Wine and Pasta Making – What a Vacation (link)
Make My Order of Haggis a Double, Please (link)
Recreating a Photo 63 Years Later (link)
Five Villages – One Day (link)
Our Final Days at Sea (link)
Oktoberfest…What More Can I Say?! (link)
Revenue Earned Through Blogging
Our Time Abroad… In a Nutshell
Number of Visitors
We have had the good fortunate to have shared many of our adventures with friends and family. Here are the people that came to see us.
Diane (2 visits), Dominic, Jessica, S David (2 visits), Deborah (2 visits), Nathan, Danielle, Michelle, David, Elsa, Giovanni, Sonny, Stefani, Lauren, Josh, Abby, Dave, Jill, Matt and Lindsey.
Average Days in Between Visitors
When you have that many visitors in a short period of time, it doesn’t give you a lot of time to change the sheets. To our guests… I promise, they were changed (wink, wink).
*This average was taken from the last day of our first visitor and the first day of our last visitor.
Total Amount of Euros Spent on Traffic Violations
UGHHH! That’s a lot of cannoli’s! This wonderful figure includes the fines themselves as well as the “convenience fee” our local government charges in order to pay the ticket, the mailing fee I have to pay to receive the ticket and the commission I have to pay to use a credit card. I may not be paying taxes in Italy, but I’ve sure given more than my fair share.
Approximate Grams of Pasta Consumed
44,200 grams (97.44 lbs of pasta)
This [somewhat shocking] math was fairly simple. An average serving of pasta is 80 grams per person (although, I usually have a little more).
2 people (Greg and Jen) eating pasta 4x week = 640 grams per week
+1 child (Julia) eats a third portion = 210 grams per week
Total of 850 grams per week
850 grams x 52 weeks = 44,200 grams of pasta
I’d venture to guess it’s a little more than this (let’s call it a ‘cool’ 100 pounds of pasta). Wow… that’s gross when you add it all up!
Approximate Number of Pizza’s Eaten
Pizza in Italy is thin and served in individual portions. So if we both want pizza, we will order two pies. Not only is pizza delicious – it’s quick, mess-free and simple when you’re on the road. You can always find a good pizza place anywhere in Italy. Apart from that, we discovered an amazing brand of frozen pizza that we enjoy probably once a week (Jen cooks amazing lunches, we’re usually more low-key for dinner).
This was also simple math.
4 pizzas per week x 52 weeks = 208 pizzas
European Countries Visited
Traveling as much as possible was always a major goal in moving here. Over the past year we have seen Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Vatican City, Greece, Turkey, Montenegro, Croatia, Switzerland, Scotland, Ireland and Monaco.
Regions Visited Within Italy
There are 20 regions in Italy, each of them remarkable in their own way. Every region could make their own argument for having the tastiest food, producing the best wine, boasting the most magical scenery and on and on. Truthfully, your opinion may be swayed in favor of the region making it’s case… until you visit another region and have to decide all over again. Seeing each of Italy’s 20 diverse regions is an important part of our experience here. Even though we may only be able to get a “flavor” of the local place, we’d like to see them all. We’ve just tipped past the half-way point and we’ve got our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to see all 20.
We have visited:
UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
World Heritage Sites are places that have been listed by UNESCO as possessing important cultural significance. They all share one thing in common – they are beautiful and awe-inspiring. Viewing these magical sites has been a highlight of our time abroad and a blessing that only Europe can offer in such abundance.
Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena
City of Verona
Historic Centre of Florence
Historic Centre of Naples
Historic Centre of Rome
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Historic Centre of Siena
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto
Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
Venice and its Lagoon
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Old City of Dubrovnik
Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
Number of Grappa Bottles Acquired
We have acquired (and drank) more grappa in our first month here than either of us had consumed in our lifetimes. It’s just how it is… we love it! Plus, we love making our guests try grappa to gauge their reactions. These 26 bottles have either been purchased, received as gifts or made at home.
Number of Grappas Made at Home
“Strange” Foods Tried by Julia
Julia is quite the adventurous eater. She’s always happy to eat off our plates and we are happy to expose her to new things. Among the dishes she’s tried this year are:
Foie gras (goose liver), caviar, pigeon, pâté, haggis (heart, liver and lungs encased in a sheep’s stomach), black pudding (mixture of pork fat, onion, oatmeal and pig’s blood), goat, rabbit, lamb, boar, octopus, squid, freshly shaved truffles, lardo (cured pork fat), fondue, mussels, king prawns and lobster.
These were the only facts and and figures that I had the foresight to include or the smarts to calculate. If I’ve left anything out, please let me know! I look forward to Sipping Espresso making it another year and entering our “terrible two’s”. Thanks for coming along on this voyage with us!