My 2000th Travel Blog Post and a 'Face to Face' Introduction

Time flies when you're having fun!  That must be true.  It feels like just yesterday that I kicked off Sidewalk Safari but actually 6 years have passed and I'm excited to present this as my 2000th blog post!

I wanted to do something special to celebrate the occasion.  As my regular readers know, I never show my face in my travel posts.  That's because the experiences are not about me but are rather a first person presentation of what we see, do, and hear during our travels.  For this post, I thought I'd introduce myself properly and show you the face behind the Sidewalk Safari blog.  Hello world :-)
Jennifer - Dr. J - Travel Blogger - Sidewalk Safari
Jennifer (aka Dr. J), the travel blogger behind Sidewalk Safari
I'm Jennifer, an American expat living in Dublin, Ireland with a full time 'day job' as a project manager at Google.  Before moving abroad, we lived various places in the U.S. including San Francisco and Philadelphia.  I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that these 2000 travel blog posts would not have been possible without the crack travel planning skills of my husband of 18 years, Scott (aka VacationCounts).  We have the perfect relationship.  He's the planner, I'm the 'documenter'.  We spend 1-2 weekends per month traveling around Europe.  Over the past four years we have taken more than 80 weekend breaks and 'bleisure' (business + leisure) trips around Europe plus many trips further afield to places like South Africa, India, and Japan.  When we lived in San Francisco we also traveled extensively and blogged about our U.S.-based adventures.

2014 in Review

I've made a habit each year of recapping the places we've been and the distances we've walked (see past installments:  2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).  Here are my travel blogging stats for 2014.

Top 10 Places Covered on Foot (Absolute Value) in 2014 with Links to Blog Posts

Top 10 Places (Average Miles per Day) in 2014 with Links to Blog Posts

6-Year 'Blogger-versary' - All Time Stats

Given that this is my 2000th blog post and six-year 'blogger-versary', I thought I'd also share some all time stats.

Here's a handy map of the destinations I've visited and written about on Sidewalk Safari with links to the various blog posts.


We've definitely worn out a number of cameras and shoes in covering all this ground: 7760 Miles in 6 years!

Top 10 Places Covered on Foot all time (2009 - 2014) with Links to Blog Posts

Dublin: 3481 miles
California: 1578 miles
New York: 269 miles
London: 198 miles
Edinburgh:  89 miles
Paris:  85 miles
Amsterdam: 71 miles
Sydney:  65 miles
Malaga:  58 miles
Tokyo: 50 miles

Top 10 Places Covered on Foot (Average Miles per Day) all time (2009 - 2014) with Links to Blog Posts

Helsinki: 13.3 miles
Valencia, Spain: 12.6 miles
Osaka, Japan:  10.9 miles
San Sebastian (Basque Country): 10.6 miles
Greenwich, England: 9.8 miles
Rome: 9.7 miles
Manchester: 9.5 miles
Paris: 9.4 miles
Prague: 9.4 miles
Dresden, Germany: 9.3 miles

I'm really looking forward to what the next six years hold and to sharing it with you.  Thanks for reading!

Cheers and Happy New Year!
Jennifer (aka Dr. J)

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