Outstanding Blogger Award

I was recently nominated by Juliette from Sunny Days With Juliette for the Outstanding Blogger Award. Her travel photos are always so well shot and her posts always make me miss travel. Thank you for nominating me Juliette for my first award!

The rules:

  1. Provide a link to the creator’s original award post.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate other bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.

The Questions

  1. What is one thing you would like to see/visit/do at least once in your life?
    Picking one is so unbelieveable hard as there are so many things that I would like to see/visit/do. I will say go on safari.

  2. When traveling, what was your biggest cultural shock or “oh wow – this culture is so different from mine” moment?
    I think mine would be visiting Scandinavia. I’m so use to talking to anyone and everyone here and saying hi to people I walk past on my walks. It was strange to be in countries where everyone was more reserved. It appeared ‘cold’ to me at first but from my small interactions with new friends and hosts that everyone is actually friendly and willing to help, they just don’t appear to be on the surface.

  3. Is there something that you saw in another country that you wish could be in yours (it can be anything: objects, food, nature, etc.)?
    I wished we had some beautiful baroque and gothic style architecture here and also coloured buildings. I understand that would look confusing on the streets but maybe we can have half and half? I would love to be surrounded by that kind of beauty in every day life and it’s a little more visually pleasing compared to what we have here!

  4. How do you plan your holidays – if you plan them at all?
    I definitely have to plan holidays so I can book in my annual leave or save up my annual leave days for it. Usually trips will be 2-3 weeks. Destination wise, I’ll usually have a preference already and then it’s a matter of trying to find the most optimal way to travel and seeing the place. The last 2 trips I did, I went with an organised tour as these places were alittle harder to plan and get around. It was great because it was jam packed and I felt I got a lot out of the limited time I had.

  5. When the pandemic is over, you are granted a whole month off from work/studying. What would you do?
    I would book a trip to Japan and South Korea and would do a quick stop in Hong Kong too.

  6. Tell us about one interesting person you met when traveling, even if you only met them very briefly.
    I was in Copenhagen and met an American guy who was a teacher in Kosovo. He spends years working at different schools in different countries. We met (as tourists do) at a sign outside a castle or town hall and then become sight seeing buddies that day.

  7. A high school student from your town wants to take a gap year to travel before starting university. Where would you tell them to go? Why?
    I would say anywhere outside of your country. The world is a big place- go forth and explore and/or volunteer. Be an au-pair or work odd jobs as your travel. You have the time and no commitments so make the most of it!

Questions for all of you readers:

  1. What is the top dish from another country that you want to try?
  2. You get to book a free course on your next trip, where are you going and what course are you taking there?
  3. Is there an aspect of another culture that you have incorporated into your life?
  4. What is the best condiment?

18 thoughts on “Outstanding Blogger Award

  1. I loved reading through your answers! 😊 As I am a bit of a language nerd, I think that wherever I go I would like to take a language course to learn the language of that country, but I think a cooking class would be cool too – I did it once in Vienna and it was so much fun!

  2. Congratulations! I was also nominated by Juliette for this award, but as I’m currently backlogged with other posts to be published, mine will be up in about three months…any case, I’m on board with you to head to Korea and Hong Kong after this pandemic’s over, not to forget adding on Singapore and Malaysia!
    To answer your posed questions:
    1) Too many to list…I’ve had these before (but not in their respective countries), but I’d be keen on having poutine in Canada, dim sum in Hong Kong, and tacos in Mexico.
    2) I guess I’d like to try out the Portuguese language, so I’d love to go (return) to Portugal!
    3) Yes, after living in and leaving France, I’ve incorporated a sort of “laissez-faire/joie de vivre” aspect into my work-life balance. I don’t intend to be a slave to my job, and I find the time to enjoy life on my days off!
    4) Laoganma (Chinese chili oil). Umami with a bit of a spicy kick, it’s great for putting it on any savory dish!

    1. I look forward to reading your answers in 3 months time. I’m getting so hungry reading your foods to try in their countries of origin. I would also do a language course! Time in Portugal sounds good right about now. And also make sure to enjoy the time before and after work.
      What a great choice. I’ve always called it Old Grandma sauce (but I see now it’s the direct translation- not sure why laoganma never stuck in my family) and it goes into almost every noodle soup dish I have.

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