Wow! It was amazing to wake up, open my Twitter, and find out that I was awarded the Liebster Blog Award from my new friend Marti at Down the Wrabbit Hole. Thank you Marti, you made my day!
The Liebster Blog Award is for us newbies that haven’t had enough exposure yet. This is one way to give us exposure and I’m proud to be a part of it. I hope you’ll take the time to check out all these wonderful new blogs, and–hey!–even sign up for them!
Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:
- When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
- Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions.
- You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you! Make sure the blogs you choose have 200 or less followers.
- Include a link to the person who nominated you & let them know about your post Made apparent in the rules listed above.
This blog award is designed for small blogs with the intention of giving them more exposure, upping their popularity, and assuring the authors that, “Yes indeedy!” someone out there DOES read your blog!
Here are the new travel blogs that I think warrant this award! Some are a few over 200, but they still need your support!
1.Charli @wanderlustersuk – www.wanderlusters.co.uk
2.Julie @redheadtravels – www.theredheadedtraveler.com
3. Jeff @strangetravel – www.jeffgreenwald.com
4. Elle @solofemalenomad – www.solofemalenomad.com
5. @3rdCultureChild – www.3rdculturechildren.com
6. Madhu @TheUrgeToWander – www.theurgetowander.com
7. Angela – www.sparrowinspace.com
8. Beth @BeMeyer- www.recipeforadventures.com
9. Cheryl @bilingualbkshlf – www.thebilingualbookshelf.com
10.Deborah @Myhearttravels – www.myhearttravels.com
11. Victoria @milnerguide – www.themilnerguide.com
11 Random Facts about me:
1. I was born in Turkey to American parents, and have gone back there to live twice since then for a few years each.
2. I have gone frog hunting with the guys, and gone home and cooked them up, and ate ‘em. Mmm-mmm good!
3. I have ridden in an F-15 jet airplane and pulled 6 Gs!
4. I went up to do a teaching internship for a week in Barrow, Alaska during the winter when the sun never came up. As a group, all the women (led by the instructor) peed on the frozen Chuckchi Sea.
5. I was once stranded in Akutan, Alaska because of fish roe.
6. I have played “Duck, Duck, Goose” on snowshoes under the Northern Lights.
7. I have bathed (read “naked”) outside in a natural hot tub with monkeys in Japan.
8. I was camping in a remote part of the Okavango Delta when Prince Harry dropped in for a snack.
9. I was run over by a taxi in Hong Kong.
10. I scheduled my gall bladder surgery to coincide with getting over jet lag so that being groggy was finally a good thing.
11. I lined up with tons of other teenagers to kiss Henry Winkler, The Fonz, in a Wichita Mall.
My questions for those that I have nominated:
1. What was the one place you’ve been to that you said to yourself, “This is it! I could stay here forever?”
2. Are you a souvenir collector?
3. What is the most spontaneous travel you’ve ever done?
4. Which places that you have been are ones that you definitely want to return to?
5. What are some of the weirdest things you’ve eaten on your travels?
6. What is the best blog post you’ve written?
7. What and where is the best hotel you’ve ever stayed in?
8. What indicator would you have if you “have made it” in life?
9. If you could meet one person in the world, who would it be?
10. What is the silliest thing on your bucket list?
11. What one thing do you bring along with you on your travels just because you want to?
My answers to the questions Marti posed for my group of 11 Liebster Blog Awardees.
1. When you travel, are you an ‘explore every nook and cranny’ or a ‘sit back and relax’ kind of person? I think I’m an off the beaten path traveler. I love the countryside more than the city, so there usually isn’t too, too much to distract me from enjoying the people, food, and atmosphere. I refuse to do more than one museum per day, and definitely not everyday. I want to hear stories of real people! One of my favorite tours ever was in Ketchikan, Alaska. Riding an old short school bus decked out as a killer whale; the guide took us around to all the neighborhoods and told us the local gossip.
Best three hours ever!
2. When ordering a drink that requires an umbrella, what do you order? Whatever the waiter suggests, I’m such a pushover. Plus they usually pick the ones with multiple shots of alcohol that cost the most…and one is all I need! Fooled him.
3. Favorite season and why? Summer is my favorite and least favorite. I’m a teacher on a traditional American schedule (even though I live in Germany) so I have two full months off to travel, visit, eat, photograph, etc. The reason it’s my least favorite is because it’s too darn hot!
4. Most embarrassing story you are willing to tell online? I have plenty of embarrassing stories, plenty. Once when I was camping on Vancouver Island, our tent neighbor who had been camping about 100 feet from us came up at breakfast time to chat. “Did you guys hear the mountain lion last night?” We were all upset that we hadn’t, but cheekily he kept on about it, describing the noise the big cat made….Then I realized, he had heard me snoring! From a long way away. (Just take note, if you ever room/tent with me, I now hand out earplugs!)
5. When you go camping, do you use a tent, a trailer, or do you prefer hotels to camping? When we lived in Alaska, we had a cab-over truck camper. Loved it! Once we sold that, though, we’re back to good ol’ canvas.
6. What are your top 5 items for YOUR travel bucket list? 1. Antarctica 2. Greenland 3. The Serengeti Migration 4. The Stans – Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazhakstan…all of them. 5. Eastern Africa
7. If you had to pick an animal to represent you, what would it be? Why? A magpie. Yep, they can eat anywhere and they can fly for free!
8. Have you ever lost anything while traveling? – Tell your sad story…When I was 14, my grandmother gave me one of her nightgowns. I took it on a ski trip in Turkey and left it in the hotel. My grandma died not long after that, and of all the things I’ve lost that’s the one I miss the most!
9. How many pairs of shoes do you have? Six? Not many. I’d rather go barefoot.
10. Best way to get exercise? Walking on cobblestones for miles in old, beautiful European cities!
11. Strangest job you’ve ever had? Selling lingerie at home parties! (Not even kidding. Should I have put this up in the most embarrassing category?)