Spreading the Love: Nomination for the Liebster Award

Recently I was nominated by Chloe of It Started in Oxford for the Liebster Award.


For those of you who are as uninformed about this as I was, it’s a nomination awarded among the community of small-time bloggers by other small-time bloggers as a means to promote readership.

I want to just say that I’m honoured and extremely flattered to have been brought in to be a part of this, so thanks a bunch, Chloe!

Now for the details.

The Rules:

1. Thank and link the blogger(s) who nominated you.
2. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers who you think deserve this award and link their blogs too.
3. Answer 11 questions posted by the blogger who nominated you and also ask 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.
4. Notify your nominees.

Nominees (of whom I’ve tried to find approximately those who have less than 200 followers):

1. The lovely couple from The Hungry Pair.

2. Dennis of The Vegan World-Traveller.

3. Sreejith Vijayakumar’s gorgeous photo blog, Sree is Travelling.

4. Spinning Atlas‘s travel journal.

5. This brave mum’s photography outlet page, kelzbelzphotography.

6. Grainne’s awesomely upbeat life-abroad blog, An Irish Girl in Korea.

7. The fantasmal newlyweds’s, Sean and Sophia’s, travel photography blog Seeking the Horizon.

8. Ruben’s bilingual Spanish/English travel blog, Gamineando por el Mundo.

9. The self-named small adventure blog of Vagabond Chloe.

10. The mouthwatering recipes of My Little Rock‘s food blog.

11. Last but not least, Cedric’s entertainment news blog, CedricCed.

To you above nominees, I ask the following questions:

Photo from Innovation Point.
Photo from Innovation Point.

1. Why/how did you choose the blog name you did?

2. Is this your first blog? If yes, what do you love about it? If not, what was your old one(s) about?

3. What’s your favourite quote about travel?

4. Who’s your favourite writer and why?

5. If you could improve one talent to its maximum ability, what would it be and why?

6. What’s one perfect experience you had while traveling?

7. What’s a time where you were fearful for your life while traveling?

8. If you could meet yourself from ten years ago, what would you say to them/advice would you give? 

9. Who has had the biggest influence on your life and how?

10. If your life was a book, what genre would it be and why?

11. What’s one thing no one knows about you?

Chloe’s questions to me:

1: Where is your dream travel destination?

Ecuador. My godmother once traveled there when I was maybe seven or so and brought me back a traditional doll woven in bright dyed colours out of alpaca wool. I don’t know what it was about this doll, but it acted as a token of a broader, wide world for me. It’s the first moment that I felt the yearning of wanderlust and accordingly I’ve wanted to travel to Ecuador ever since.

Swing at the End of the World, Ecuador. Photo from Atlas Obscura.
Swing at the End of the World, Ecuador. Photo from Atlas Obscura.

2: Dogs or cats?

Cats, although I’m more of a bird person to be honest since I grew up with neither cats or dogs, but in a flee-flying, multicoloured aviary of a house.

3: Do you have any hidden talent?

Maybe, but it’s hidden from me too! I guess I’m pretty good at drawing, but it’s a craft I’ve been hacking away at for years.

4: Can you speak any foreign languages?

I speak French, although I grew up in French Canada so it doesn’t feel all that foreign to me.

5: What is your favourite type of flower?

Sunflowers. Can’t get enough. It’s the yellow.

Sunflowers from Vietnam's Lunar New Year decorations.
Sunflowers from Vietnam’s Lunar New Year decorations.

6: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully in the solid works of establishing myself as an author. I’d like to say on the road and traveling, but the idea of a cozy home with an office brimming with plants and streaming sunlit windows while I write is increasingly appealing. That said, I guess I’d like to have a harmony between home and adventure. There’s too much of the world I haven’t seen yet for me to be completely settled.

7: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Stubborn, creative, worrywart.

8: Tea or coffee?

Tea – especially of the white chai variety, or a good London Fog latte.

Photo from World of Samantha Willis.
Photo from World of Samantha Willis.

9: What are you currently reading?

Actively, Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. Passively, in a yeah-I’ll-get-back-to-it kind of way, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, and From These Ashes: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Fredric Brown by Frederic Brown.

10: What’s the first thing you see if you turn your head right?

A complete and fancy drum set which has been set in my office for storage.

11: If you have any pets, what are their names?

I had to leave him at home when I moved to Korea, but I have a 15 year old budgie named Ozzie who I miss terribly.

Photo by Belinda Schneider.
Ozzie with his plastic pal. Photo by Belinda Schneider.

6 thoughts on “Spreading the Love: Nomination for the Liebster Award

  1. Thanks for the nomination, Marta. I am just about to write an article and answer your questions. I hope to post it soon. I really enjoyed reading your answers. Very interesting. I just bought the Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Murakami. Looking forward to reading it 🙂 I have read Norwegian Wood and really liked it.


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