You like me! You really like me! Well, OK, at least Shannon & Michael of Camera and Carryon and Bettina of One Blonde Wandering do because they’ve nominated me for a Liebster Award! Clear the mantle baby, mama’s bringing home some hardware! Or……. some pageware? You know, because this is actually what it looks like:
Even better! Nothing to dust or have the cat knock off onto the floor. What’s also great is it’s an award given to bloggers from bloggers and there’s nothing better than being recognized by your peers! Except maybe free Slurpee day at 7-11. Also, “liebster” is German and basically means “most favoritest” so I take that as the highest of compliments. Danke schön – I’m curtsying in my dirndl.
Now let me break down the awards process for you: after being nominated for the award you are given 11 questions to answer. You must answer these questions and then come up with 11 fantastic questions of your own to ask to the other five bloggers that you will then nominate, continuing the cycle of love all over the internet. Now, I was nominated by two bloggers so I have taken six questions from each to form this bizarre post that essentially forced me to question my stance on cannibalism. “Dumbass, that’s 12 questions!” Don’t be hasty folks; I know what I’m doing.
Let’s begin, shall we?
I’ve often kept this a secret because it’s just the most awesome super power there is (and I can’t wait to freak everyone out once I am finally able to harness it) but I actually addressed this in a recent post. I would choose the ability to speak & understand any and all languages in the world. Even Latin. Even Cockney. Even Sindarin, the elf language of Middle Earth. Just imagine what you could accomplish having the ability to communicate with anyone (or anything, sharks) on Earth! You would be the most important person and you’d probably be wicked rich to boot. Like Richie Rich rich.
Geez, if another person asks me that today…..
First of all I’m kinda pissed that the options didn’t include
- D) become one of the “others” or
- E) live in the hatch as part of the Dharma Initiative.
Otherwise this was an easy decision – A! I’ve often felt I connect better with animals than humans so this wouldn’t be so tragic actually. I mean, honestly, just think about it: I wouldn’t have to make pointless small talk all day long, I could teach them sign language (or you know, just speak Ape because I know all the languages), and my hair would be picked clean every day… sounds like a great situation if you ask me. Plus, they would probably carry me around on their backs all day – score!
Well, other than gorilla back, I’d say all of them! Anything that can get me to an adventure in a new place is just fantastic in my book. Well, anything except for boats probably, because of the barfing and all…
This is a very, very tough question because I love both places. Both have ridiculously delicious food and stunning views among other things. So let’s compare:
- many different cultures in a relatively small area of land
- very accessible since I live on the East Coast
- relatively easy-to-learn languages, sorry China
- a hefty cow population
- friendliest people on the planet
- top-notch public transportation
- bubble tea
- toilet restaurants
- Hello Kitty
- 7-11s (trust me)
Ehhh this is a close one but I think Asia takes it! I mean… conveyor belt sushi and ping-pong batting cages, duh.
As an avid traveler you would think that I had a bucket list a mile long but this is simply not true. I have about 4 things on my bucket list and they aren’t necessarily travel related. I mean, I want to go everywhere and see everything so why even make a list?
On the tiny “list” that I do have, let’s just call it a Post-It, the number one spot goes to: appearing on Jeopardy! This has literally become my life goal. I study constantly and watch the show religiously. I listen to classical radio exclusively and try to memorize the composers. (Hey, I never said I was not a complete and total geek.) I have taken the audition test for the last six years but 2015 was my best year yet! If anything, I’m hoping if I take the test enough times in a row they will let me audition out of pure pity. Did you hear that, Trebek?
This is another topic that I spoke about recently to a travel friend of mine. The short answer being: Florence, Italy. I’d love to call “home” the very streets walked on by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Hell, let’s just throw all the Ninja Turtles in there. I’d learn to play the lute and take up painting nude women emerging from seashells. It would be glorious.
No question about it, my life movie would definitely be a comedy, with Jennifer Lawrence in the starring role of course – complete with my job as an amphibian sperm extractor and researcher, being an accidental but legit celebrity in Taiwan, that time I hooked my husband in the scalp while fishing then continued to violently pull on my line because I thought it was stuck in a tree, Free Willy themed birthday parties, that brief period in my life when I looked exactly like the kid from Little Giants, getting hit on by Charles Barkley, getting a speeding ticket on a jet ski, accidentally dissing Channing Tatum to his face (Who does that?), my ability to quote every line from Mrs. Doubtfire, that time I got sling-shot across a basketball court by a grizzly bear during an NBA playoff game in a Hooters uniform and bruised a series of ribs and my boob* popped out, and finally, that time I took a blind date to my prom and his name ended up being Bert Ernie. And just image the parts that involved alcohol.
*Not my actual boob, but the fake “boob” I used to stuff my bra with for a little extra oomph. Better? Worse? Who knows. Prime material for a hilarious new comedy opening this summer? Absolutely.
New York City! It is pretty close to me and a person can go on 4-day trips for years and years and never do the same thing or eat at the same place twice. Also, it’s more or less like traveling abroad anyway so there’s that. You’ve got Chinatown, Little Italy, Koreatown, SoHo, NoHo, DoWiSeTrePla and some place called the “Tenderloin”. Any place you want to visit in the world but can’t get to in a couple of hours you can find miniaturized somewhere in Manhattan. I ♥ NY
Keep doin’ what yer doin’ little girl – you will continue to have the best life ever so don’t change a thing! But also, don’t regret those perms you will get later on, they totally rock.
And yes I’m a natural blonde.
I do have one fast-moving, eight-legged phobia. Spiders! Those little bastards. It’s a pretty crippling condition actually that I am currently attempting to get a handle on with the help of my therapist. This is real life. That being said, I’ve often thought that I would love to go exploring through the Amazon rainforest, but only if I can wear a hazmat suit. Without one, no chance. The rainforest is home to some species of spiders that form enormous colonies that can consist of up to 10,000 spiders IN ONE WEB. I would die. I would probably literally die. I would choke to death on my own fear. Also, I hear Australia has freakishly large and deadly spiders, no thank you.
I prefer physically challenging activities including but not limited to: flying trapeze, gymnastics, hiking, other various death-defying mountainous activities, kayaking, shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school…
Less physically challenging, I also read a crap-load of books (usually on super interesting stuff like WWII history, Italian Renaissance art & architecture, dinosaurs, chemistry/biology, or australopithecines and other links between apes and modern-day humans*), and you can also usually find me volunteering my time and expertise at a zoo or similar non-profit animal sanctuary.
I’m also a beekeeper.
*This will come in handy when I have to tell my new adoptive family about their ancestors. Score one for the new kid on the block!
Well if that isn’t the most awkward acceptance speech you’ve ever heard I don’t know what is! But now that the music is playing and that giant cartoon hook is coming out from behind the curtains to yank me off stage I will now list my nominees.
Drum roll please!
And now the Liebster Award goes to…
- Natasha of Live Learn Venture
- Kelly of The Wandering Blonde
- Uelito of Flashpacking the World
- Rachel of Deliberate Wanderer
- Jaye of Someday Crusader
OK ladies and gent, it’s your turn and here are your questions:
- What is your travel pet peeve?
- Where was your first trip abroad and it’s purpose?
- What has been the most adventurous activity you’ve undertaken on your travels?
- If you had a signature slogan/tagline what would it be?
- What is your favorite photograph from all your travels? Yes, you have to choose ONE! I know, I suck.
- What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome while traveling?
- What are the top 3 things on your blogging to-do list?
- Favorite international airport?
- If you could live during any other time period, when would it be and why?
- What is your favorite view in the whole wide world? Including the moon if you’ve been there because I imagine that one is particularly stunning.
- What is your #1 writing tip?
That’s all folks! Let me know when your post goes up because I really just can’t wait to see which one of you has been to the moon.