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Liebster

Liebster, meaning “Dearest” or “Beloved” in German, is an award for talented bloggers with less than 200 followers.  I was thrilled that Michelle at The Travel Wench nominated me! Thank you very much Michelle!

Here are the rules for the Liebster Nominations:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominator.
  3. Nominate other bloggers for the award that have less than 200 followers.
  4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

1) During your travels, have you done something that you weren’t proud, of or embarrassed by that you wish you could change?

On a recent trip to Europe, I wanted to request someone to take a photo of my husband and I at a Christmas Market. I always hate disturbing people and am sometimes shy to approach them so after spending 10 minutes looking for someone who seemed available, I finally asked a gentleman. He apologised and said he wasn’t able to and passed the camera to his wife, who kindly agreed. It was to my horror afterwards that I realised I had asked someone, who was clearly unable to move one arm and I felt so embarrassed that I had unknowingly picked him out of so many people in the market to ask! I don’t think he minded at all but my face went bright red!

2) Has someone you met on your travels impacted you in a very positive or negative way and how?

It was fascinating meeting a tour guide in Vietnam, who was in his 60s and told us about his experiences as a child during wartime when young men were trying to be conscripted into the army. It was interesting to hear his account, as someone who had grown up in that era, hearing how the Vietnamese people refer to it as the American War not the Vietnam war like so many of us in the Western world have been taught and the impact it had on his family. It really made me stop and think not only about what it must have been like for the Vietnamese people during war time but also about how differently we are all educated based on the stance adopted by the governments of the countries we reside in.

3) How old were you when you got your first passport stamp and what country was it for?

I was only about 6 months old and it was a stamp to Saudi Arabia. My parents moved there for a few years when I was a child so this was my first destination outside England and my first passport stamp!

4) What is your favorite food you have enjoyed while traveling?

That is an extremely difficult question as food is one of my other passions and I love combining my travels with a quest for great food in different parts of the world. I really can’t pick a favourite but some of the best foods I’ve had include sticky rice with mango in Thailand, Vietnamese soft spring rolls, a traditional Rosti in Swtizerland, freshly fished king prawns with garlic and ginger in coastal Sri Lanka and nothing beats a traditional Italian hazelnut gelato.

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5) What destination could you go back to over and over again?

I have fallen completely and utterly in love with The Maldives. I was the biggest sceptic before I went, wondering what the hype was about but I can now see why people who go just desperately want to go back. It’s the clear turquoise lagoons, the water so transparent you can see fish without even needing to snorkel and the snowy white sands. I only went about 6 months ago and am already dreaming about going back.

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6) What is the most adventurous activity you have done while on a trip?

I have to admit I’ve never been one for high-adventure, thrill seeking experiences so for me, going para-sailing in Mexico was quite adventurous, even though this probably seems quite laid back compared to a lot of people’s definition of adventurous! I loved it though and really want to do this again one day. (PS this is a picture I took rather than a picture I’m in!)

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7)  If you could travel with one person (present or past) who would it be and why?

I loved going on safari and can’t think of someone more fascinating to do that with than David Attenborough. I love all his nature documentaries and have been watching them since I was a child. The way he narrates stories about animals makes you see them in a whole new light, understand the world the way they are living it and having him as a sidekick on a safari would bring such an enlightening perspective on it.

8)  What do you miss the most when you are “on the road”?

I think it’s actually vegetables! I always find there’s a lot of fresh fruit around when I’m on holiday and it’s not hard to find fantastic food but I never feel like I get enough vegetables in my diet compared to when I’m home and this is something I’m actively trying to change when I’m abroad.

9)  What was the coldest destination you have been to?

It should have been Iceland but we went in May and it was a lot milder than expected so the coldest place I’ve been to is probably Austria at winter time but with a few layers on (as you can see below!) and a warm drink in hand, we were fine and the conditions were far from arctic!

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10) Have you ever been to a country that made you feel uneasy, if so, where?

I felt a little bit uneasy in Bangkok. I think it may have been because I went when I was quite young with one female friend and some of the areas we saw were a little bit too seedy for my liking and we faced a couple of people, who tried to dupe us but I went as a student and had gone without doing much research so I’d be open to going back and revising my opinion!

My nominees:

(I sincerely apologize if you have more than 200 followers! Since I can’t see the subscribers count, I’m going off of Facebook followers.)

Solo Wayfarer

Foreign Sanctuary

Roamin Around

The Travel Well

The Discerning Travelers

Here are your questions:

1) If money and distance were no object, what is the one place in the world you would most want to visit and why?

2) Which one place in your own country would you recommend to travellers to visit and why?

3) Is there a traditional food you’ve tried on your travels that you really didn’t enjoy?

4) Which airline have you had the best experience on?

5) Have you ever seen a spectacular sunrise or sunset and if so, where was it?

6) What is your next destination in 2014?

7) What advice would you give to new, up and coming travel bloggers?

8) If you could only pick one, beach break or city break and why?

9) Have you kept in touch with any new friends whom you met on your travels and how did you meet them?

10) Have you been to a country where you really struggled to communicate because of language? Where was it and how did you manage?

Thanks for reading and happy travels!