Writing and blogging and a Liebster…oh my!



Just the other day I watched a video on an Oregon conference, The Economics of Happiness, where according to their website, ‘we need to focus instead on meeting real human and ecological needs through awakening to our spiritual ties to community and nature – through an ‘economics of happiness’’. The presenter, Carol Black, best known for producing such television works as Growing Pains, has been an active education analyst for years. Ms. Black spoke at a the conference about the detriment of one-way traditional public education in the US and the benefits that so many local tribal cultures know about raising children around the world. After it was finished, I rushed to email Ms. Black and share how much I enjoyed her speech.

On the same day, I read an article in the London Daily Mail about a world-schooling family and a thirteen year old from Melbourne, Australia. Reka speaks more than one language, has a twin brother and is a world-schooler who has trouble envisioning herself returning to the traditional way of learning in Australia any time soon. We connected, she agreed to do an interview on my blog and a few short days later, she nominated me for a Liebster Award. I’m honoured, but I had no idea what it was.

A Liebster Award…What on earth is that? It is a peer-to-peer award given by bloggers to bloggers in recognition of their contributions to the world of blogdom. It’s a way for bloggers to comment on other’s works, follow their journey and share it with the online universe. Writing, sharing, forging new relationships and inspiring others to share theirs…it’s all part of blogging.

While there are no hard and fast rules, the award generally requires answering eleven questions by the person who nominated you. Then in the true spirit of peer-to-peer, you nominate a minimum of five other bloggers with your own set of 11 questions. Thanks, Reka…here goes…

Taj Mahal 2013 - the gift of travel

  1. What was one of the most inspiring experiences on your travels and why? India. The sparkling beauty of the Taj Mahal is inspiring and astounding. Mingling in the markets of Jaipur, sharing in food preparation at a soup kitchen, breaking bread with locals in a cooking class and sharing tea in a small village left impressions that won’t soon fade.
  2. What place have you always dreamed of visiting? The Great Wall of China
  3. Where on your travels have you felt the biggest cultural impact and why? While taking a township tour in Swakopmund, Namibia witnessing history through the eyes of locals. We talked to students and teachers, met with a medicine woman, had an authentic tribal experience, discussed history with those who live in shanties and others in houses and left feeling more knowledgeable than we arrived.
  4. What is your favourite travel hack? Duct tape fixes everything
  5. What is the best street food you have eaten on your travels? Vietnamese Pho
  6. What is your greatest fear and how do you plan to overcome it? Not using the time we have wisely; try to live in the moment as often as possible
  7. What makes you truly happy? Enjoying time with friends/family and running my toes through the sand
  8. What was one of the most humorous experiences on your travels? Listening to one traveler’s escapades about using a squat toilet for the first time. He decided, his first rule of squat toilet life…take off your shoes! Pretty repulsive, don’t you agree?
  9. What is the best thing anyone has said about your blog? “You inspire me”
  10. Where do you call home and what do you enjoy most about being there? Presently, home is San Diego, California. The laid-back lifestyle and flip-flop everyday weather has been wonderful. The pace of life is a bit slower than New York and there is a work to live attitude. Surrounded by nature on all sides, I’m thoroughly enjoying local adventures, lazy days in the sand and all the fish tacos I can find.IMG_4961
  11. What is it that you miss the most while traveling? The comforts of home

Once nominated, you need to…

Mention/ Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Explain the rules.

Answer the 11 questions presented.

Nominate 5-11 new bloggers

Pose 11 questions of your own.

I nominate…

Gluten Free Globetrotter

The Wandering Samaritan

Y Travel Blog

Wandering Educators

Nitty Gritty Dirt Man


My 11 questions for nominees of The Liebster Award

  1. Where have you been that is most memorable?
  2. To what place are you least likely to return?
  3. What meal did you have on your travels that you often try to recreate at ‘home’?
  4. What travel experience did you find the most authentic?
  5. With what three items do you ALWAYS travel?
  6. What’s the first thing you do when you go to a new place?
  7. While traveling, are you more likely to source food at local supermarkets or eat out?
  8. What are your three favourite travel APPS?
  9. Do you feel more yourself while traveling or at home? Why?
  10. What are three items in your travel first aid kit?
  11. What makes you truly happy?

Thanks for the award, Reka. Happy blogging!


4 responses »

  1. Thank you for the nomination! I’m so excited to answer your questions because they come from a traveller and not a gardener — that’s a whole new beast for me! Look for my answers soon!

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