Last week Michelle nominated me for a Liebster award! The idea of the award is to highlight bloggers and find out a bit more about them. The nominator comes up with a series of questions, the ‘award winner’ answers them, and then suggests their own questions and nominates a new round of bloggers. Thank you for nominating me, Michelle!
1. Click your fingers and where would you like to be right now?
Somewhere by the sea, ideally somewhere warm. We’re planning a big holiday at the minute, so if I could bring that all forward to tomorrow, I would!
2. What has been your biggest adventure?
When I was 18, I lived in New Delhi for about 10 weeks. It was my first extended period away from home on my own. I lived with a friend of a friend of my mother’s, and worked at a women’s news service (kind of like Reuters, but collecting together stories about women’s rights issues from India, Myanmar etc). It was a really interesting place to work, and it was incredible to be in India. Delhi is mental – frantic, hectic, overpopulated, crazy – but also vibrant, beautiful and packed with stuff to see. I also got to travel a bit. One of the people I was staying with was a photographer for the local equivalent of Time magazine, and I was lucky enough to get to go with him and his son up into the Himalayas to photograph some of the villages, going into people’s homes, eating with them, and talking to them about their traditions. It was such an amazing opportunity – I still can’t quite believe I did it!
After a while, though, it was quite lonely. Most of the time I was on my own, which meant I had a lot of conversations with myself (‘Oh isn’t this a beautiful temple. Aren’t those carvings interesting?’). I only met someone my own age toward the very end, when I had actually already changed my flights to leave 3 weeks early (I was originally meant to be there for three months). In a way I wish I’d been brave enough to stick it out for the remaining time, but I missed my family and my boyfriend so much, I was really happy to get back home to them. It’s somewhere I would love to go back to though, but with someone else to to point things out to!
3. What is your favourite thing that you have cooked recently?
These prawn, mango and soba noodles. So so so good.
4. If you could skip the learning and suddenly have a skill what would it be?
To be an amazing photographer and to know how to set up a great shot.
5. Are you doing now what 18 year old you thought you’d be doing?
I don’t think my 18 year old self really knew what she was doing, so no. I had no idea what I’d be doing in my thirties – I never thought that far ahead!
6. What do you think 80 year old you would like to see you do before you get there?
Work for myself, travel extensively, love lots, raise a family.
7. Finish the sentence: When I find myself smiling while walking down the street it is usually because …
If I’m listening to music, I often imagine the people walking down the street with me bursting into dance routines, like in the Once More with Feeling episode of Buffy. That always brings a smile to my face…
8. What is your favourite ritual – daily, weekly, monthly or annually?
My first would probably be TMI, so I might keep that one to myself. My second favourite ritual is on Fridays, when I end work a bit early, I come home, lay on the sofa, and read through all my favourite blogs. It’s a lovely way to end the week and gives me all sorts of ideas for the weekend ahead.
That’s it! I nominate Kate, Anna, Elena, Rebecca and Jess. I’m pretty sure you all have more than 200 followers, but there you go. Hope you enjoy the questions!
My questions are:
1. Why did you start your blog?
2. What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired?
3. What book do you remember most fondly from childhood?
4. What are the top countries on your bucket list of places to visit?
5. What do you think 80 year old you would like to see you do before you get there?
6. What are your go-to favourite magazines or blogs?
7. What has been your biggest adventure?
8. Would you rather have arms for legs or legs for arms?
Here are the rules (though break them if you like):
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the questions given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate other bloggers for the award that have fewer than 200 followers.
4. Create 10 questions (or less) for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.