Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award
Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award
I’m thrilled to have been nominated by two (well, three actually) fellow female travel bloggers Dorothée Lefering of The Touristin and Erica and Tara from The Trippin Twins for this Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award.
It’s fantastic to be considered for this award; in this post I’m answering ten questions that came with each award, maybe revealing a few things about me that you didn’t know!
There are some amazing female travel bloggers out there and I’m over the moon to be waving the flag among them! Thanks Dorothée, Erica and Tara!
Erica and Tara’s questions:
1. Why did you decide to start blogging and when did you start?
I began this blog in 2012, my friends pestered me to start one to share my baking and my travels. I gave it a go and I’m still here today!
2. How many languages can you speak and which ones? Name one language that you cannot speak, but wish you could.
I really want to have a second language but I’m someway off that at the moment. I am learning Finnish, I have a basic grasp of high school French and I can count to 99 in Japanese!
The one language I really want to speak is Finnish and I’m working on that!
3. What is one of your favorite pictures you took while traveling? Please post with a description!
I am very proud of this photo I took in Myanmar last year. I was sat on Pyathada Paya waiting for the sun to set over the temples on the plain. The light was gorgeous, I spotted a farmer taking his herd of cows across the foreground and saw how the dust they kicked up was illuminated by the low sunlight. I had a brief couple of moments to capture the timeless image before they disappeared to the left.
4. Are you a coffee or tea person? What is your favorite shop and city to get your favorite cup from?
I’m both! I drink Darjeeling and Earl Grey when I’m at home in my truck camper or I make coffee in the cafetière. I loved getting coffee in Helsinki, Finland does the best sweet buns to eat with it!
One or two cups of black coffee a day and I’m a happy soul.
5.What is one of your favorite song lyrics and why does it resonate with you?
Oh goodness, um: “I’ve got nostalgic pavements, I’ve got familiar faces, I’ve got a mixed-up memory and I’ve got favourite places.” Kate Nash, Mouthwash. I just find this track really grounding.
6. What are your ultimate travel goals?
To still be nomadic in my later years!
7. Where is your hometown? If we visited, what should we be sure not to miss seeing?
I feel I have a number of hometowns, my childhood home city was Birmingham and funnily enough I’ve just written a post about my favourite spots there!
8. What is your favorite trip you have taken over the last 12 months? What makes it so?
I spent four weeks on Shetland over midsummer and it was extraordinary. These most northerly islands in the UK are almost as Scandinavian as they are Scottish, the wildlife is outstanding and it’s just a wonderful place to explore. I shall definitely be going back.
9. Who is your favorite book and author?
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. It’s so beautifully written and transports me to somewhere magical whenever I read it.
10. What is one of your favorite blogs you have written and why? Feel free to provide the link so we can all read it
My post for the recipe for Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) is one of my favourites, for me it totally sums up what my blog is about: a recipe I discovered and loved while I was travelling that I baked and shared here. It slots in wonderfully with the Finland travel posts I’ve written and it has great memories, I even baked and wrote the post in Germany while I was staying there over Christmas.
1. What is your favourite vegetarian dish?
A nice easy question to begin with! I am completely obsessed with Masala Dosa. I crave this south Indian dish and I’ve eaten so many of them in the Little Indias around the world from London to Yangon, Singapore, Bangkok and KL. While I have been to India but I haven’t actually eaten dosa there, I think I need to go back and visit the south!
2. What type of museum do you like to visit?
It’s all about the art for me, I like beautiful things. The V&A in London is just heaven. Growing up near Birmingham, I was bewitched by the Museum and Art Gallery there and my lifelong likes (tiles, Pre-Raphaelite art, old Islamic Architecture) all come from wandering the galleries there.
3. We hear all the time that we have to live our dreams. Are you doing it?
I like to think I am! I dreamt of living in a Gypsy caravan when I was a kid, I’m pretty much doing that now! I seen a lot of this glorious world, experienced incredible things and met amazing people on my travels too.
4. What is the funniest thing you ever experienced?
Watching the guys we were travelling with chasing after the train we were on – at the border station into Mongolia from Russia – thinking it was leaving, when it was actually only shunting.
They’re been caught up by station guards who were fining them for drinking beer. They saw the train pulling away and ran UNDER other trains to chase after it. It stopped, backed up and they climbed aboard very red in the face! Kept me smiling for a long time!
5. What is your most treasured travel souvenir?
I have a silver ring that I bought ten years ago in Orkney, Scotland. The ring depicts the Ring of Brodgar neolithic stone circle – I have a geeky passion for stone circles and the such like – one of my most favourite places. I rarely take it off, only when I’m making bread or pasty: it gets clogged up with dough otherwise. When I’m far, far away it is my little link back home, a silver link to a happy place.
6. Mountains or ocean?
I’m more of a woodland girl! Mountains over ocean, I don’t sail particularly well. I prefer to admire mountains than to climb them though. Having said that, of those I have climbed I was richly rewarded.
7. Who should play you in the film of your life?
A film of my life, I don’t think it’s all that film worthy! Romola Garai, she doesn’t look anything like me but I think she’s awesome!
8. If your life were a book, what would the title be?
How To Be Uncommitted About Everything.
9. Did you ever dance under a starry night sky?
Yes, but only at music festivals. When the starry sky glitters above Glastonbury it is magical!
I’ve gazed awestruck at many too. Most memorably in the outback of Western Australia, I’d never seen so many stars and unfamiliar constellations.
10. Your perfect vacation involves …
The Thundertruck, a beautiful wild camping spot and great weather! Although an overnight train adventure to somewhere fabulous is pretty prefect too. I have simple needs.
Passing On The Award To More Amazing Bloggers
Girls, you are awesome and I love your blogs: Jennifer of Jennifer Sandström, Silvia of Heart My Backpack, Emily-Ann of Thegrownupgapyear , Jessica of Jess is a Wanderer, Ayla of Mrs Ayla’s Adventures, Emma The Vagabond Feminist, Kasha from Lines of Escape, Shikha of Why Waste Annual Leave and lovely Lisa of LisaLovesSunLife
1. What was your very first blog post about?
2. Have you ever visited somewhere because of a book? Where and what book?
3. Has blogging changed the way you see the world?
4. Name one food that you found on your travels that you can’t get back home but you crave!
5. Have you ever fallen so much in love with a place you never wanted to leave, you could see yourself living there?
6. Name one non-obvious item that you can’t travel without.
7. Planes, trains, boats or automobiles? What’s your ultimate favourite way to travel the world?
8. Share a treasured souvenir from your adventures.
9. Have you ever worked on your travels? Were they good or bad experiences?
10. Christmas: at home or away?
I’m looking forward to reading your answers!
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