Zagreb Sunshine Blogger Award with Top 3 most and least read Rilak’s articles

In this post, last before my longer break, I’ve decided to present to you ten other interesting bloggers, mostly travel bloggers, that chose the city of Zagreb as the topic of their post. They are the recipients of my special Zagreb Sunshine Blogger Award.

This is my 20th post overall so it’s quite fitting to give some awards. In addition, as you know, I work as a tour guide (you can check the page “About me” here and more about my tour guide services here). Spring and summer months are heavy season for me, so I will not be able to publish longer posts here for a while. Instead of once or twice a week, new post will come here once a month. Almost every day, very short posts and photos will be published on my Facebook page and my Instagram account.

While you’re waiting for new longer articles from me, be sure to check some of the blogs that I’ve presented here. More of my suggested reads, not only about Zagreb, but in general, can be found in my previous article about blogger awards here.

TOP 3 – My own most read and least read posts

Before I give awards to others, I will use this opportunity to make a short presentation of my writing, since this is my 20th post and it’s time to make a short statistic analysis. The statistics presented here are based on the data that I’ve received from WordPress. Some of these least popular articles received a lot of likes from the blogging community, but for some reason they’re not as popular for “the outside world”.


Here are the TOP 3 MOST READ POSTS that I’ve written about Zagreb. If they were good reads for others, I hope they will be for you too..

  1. Story about the casino chandeliers in Zagreb’s cathedral was by far the most popular among my readers. You can check the article here!
  2. Story about Emir, the horse of our 19th century ban, comes in second. Check it here!
  3. Story about the opera singer Milka Trnina was my very first post and is currently the third most read story . Check it here!

And now for some bad news. Some stories are simply not so popular like others. If you’re up for it, you can check the TOP 3 LEAST READ POSTS (I’ve excluded posts published in the last week since the statistic is understandably poor for them at this moment):

  1. Croatia won an Academy Award in 1962. Apparently, it was so long ago that nobody cares. But if you’re interested, you can check the article about the animated short produced in Zagreb here.
  2. Petar Preradovic is a Croatian 19th century poet. You can check his biography and rare translations of his poems here. Fun fact: The article about the poet himself is not so popular, but the article about my special city tour about him, where I dressed as a man from the 19th century, was very popular. Article about the tour is here!
  3. Cats are the most popular animals on the Internet. So, I understand why my article about Pluto, the dog, completes this list.

Here are my 10 nominated “Zagreb Sunshine Bloggers”:

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. Usually, awards are given to any blog that a particular blogger likes but for this occasion I’ve decided to choose the ones about Zagreb. I hope others won’t mind – I love reading all of you! There are so many of them and this is my choice at this particular moment.


  1. Article by “not so old ladies” who visited Zagreb in 2017. They haven’t written much after that so that’s just me encouraging them to continue publish posts.
  2. Article by “magicandbeauty” with 10 interesting facts about Zagreb.
  3. Article by LauraMaeTravels, who just moved to Zagreb.
  4. Article by “i-love-travel”. They visited Zagreb, but other Croatian destinations as well.
  5. Article by “roamingkuba”, about busking in Zagreb.
  6. Article by “travelcravings” about the growth of Zagreb as a travel destination.
  7. Article by “thelifebehindourlens” and their January experience in Zagreb.
  8. Very short, but very important article about “Tomislav”, Zagreb beer, written by “thousandsbeerproject”.
  9. Article about Christmas market in Zagreb by “postcardsthetravelblog.” Note that the park is called Zrinjevac, but I’ll forgive them this small spelling mistake in Croatian.
  10. A photo by bopaula.
  11. (honorable mention) Not about Zagreb, but a post about the other part of the world completely. This is article about Bali from the blog “The Book of Life”. Author of this blog nominated me for my fourth blogger award but I can’t accept all of them, as much as I would like. I can’t write only about awards 🙂 Thank you, Snigdha, engineer and an amazing writer. Check her blog!

Rules for accepting this award are as follows:


  1. Thank the person who nominated you for a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. Note: You can put links to the blog’s home page. I’ve chosen specific posts for this occasion, but that’s not a rule.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

I’ve prepared my questions for you, dear nominees, but first, I have to thank a very nice blogger who awarded me with this same award. Her name is Vesna and she is also a tour guide, but from Ohrid, Macedonia.

ohrid.jpgBeautiful photo – check Vesna’s blog to find out about this place…

Thank you, Vesna, very much, for your support. I’m coming with some clients to Ohrid this summer and I hope I’ll be able to meet you in person!

You can check Vesna’s blog here! Her nomination can be found here! Out of many, many posts from Vesna, I particularly liked her posts about Ohrid – Balkan’s Jerusalem and 15 minutes from the center. But check her entire blog!

Here are my questions/tasks for your post, my dear nominees:

IMG_20180322_174631661To find out about this lake in New Zagreb, check my article here!

  1. Most of you visited Zagreb so… Use three words to describe my city.
  2. Where are you from? Use three words to describe your city.
  3. Can you say something in Croatian?
  4. What is your next travel destination?
  5. Where did you go for your very first “independent” travel (not with your parents or school, something that was organized by you or your friends)?
  6. What’s the strangest food that you’ve tried in your life?
  7. Who is your favorite cartoon character?
  8. Are people outside the blogging community reading your blog (family, friends)? What do they think about it?
  9. Coffee or tea? Why?
  10. Do you follow sports? Which one?
  11. Which historical figure would you like to meet?

And here are my answers to Vesna’s questions:

  1. What are the goals for your blog? A blog is for me a good platform to combine my passion for writing and presentation of my job in a relaxed (rilaksed) way. For me, it’s something extra, I’m not a professional blogger and I don’t consider it a job. Maybe I could, maybe I should, but I love my “regular” job – if blog succeeds, it will be great. If it doesn’t, that’s great as well!
  2. Do you have any unusual fears or phobias? Oh, yes, that my alarm will not wake me up while I’m traveling with a group. I’ve even had nightmares about it!
  3. What is one thing you hope to do in 2018? Grow personally and professionally.
  4. If you had the chance of a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently and why?
    I would not be bothered by people saying to me that I’m trying to do “something impossible” and I would start my business sooner. Not because of the money, but of  new horizons, even when things are not going as smoothly as we thought they would.
  5. If you could keep only five possessions, what would they be? That’s a though one – my bike, some jeans would be nice, my favorite shirt, my Harry Potter collection that I could read over and over, any object/device where I can write something.
  6. What does a perfect day look like to you? Sunny morning, coffee with friends, nice walk, maybe some sports, dinner in a good company and an evening with some nice live music in the background.
  7. If you could have one magical power what would it be and why? Some sort of teleportation.
  8. What’s your favorite mythical creature? Centaur, half-man, half-horse. I was fascinated by them since I was a child.
  9. What hobbies do you have? Cycling, writing. I’ve been involved in some independent theater productions but I don’t have so much time for preparing plays anymore. We were quite a successful group actually, but a good play requires a lot of time and energy, and I can’t be a part of that because of my travels.
  10. What would be your dream holiday? A good combination of exotic culture, historical landmarks and two or three days for me to be at the beach doing nothing.
  11. What are the Top 3 ways you want to improve yourself? Maintain a healthy lifestyle (but not be crazy about it, enjoy when I want to enjoy), organize myself in a better way and never let other people’s doubts influence me.

jaja cestitka

Sunday, April 8th 2018: The city of Zagreb is still decorated with Easter eggs. Today, Easter is celebrated by the Christian Orthodox community in Croatia. Happy Easter to all! My article about the “naive” Easter eggs in Zagreb can be found here

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5 replies

  1. The best Award post I’ve read so far. I don’t know if it’s because of the job but I have the same fear 😂 or second related fear that someone will fell off the rock while we are on a sightseeing 😨.
    Thank you for your kind words, I feel flattered 😌 and of course I would like to see you this summer if you are coming in Ohrid.

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  2. Dear Dejan,

    Thank you so much for nominating me/my post for the Zagreb Sunshine Award. This was a complete surprise and astonishing to me. I wish you all the best and hope to stay in touch.My best regards from Sarajevo, Amela


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