Thanks to the lovely Tiffany & Chris for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. They have been adventuring across the globe for the past 10 years and run an awesome blog over at Vagabond Way sharing their stories and travel tips. You can check out their post with the other nominated bloggers here.
WHAT IS THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD?
The Versatile Blogger Award is a way for bloggers to give a shout out to other blogs they’re enjoying and the people who run them. It’s a great way for us to connect with each other and get some mutual exposure… the idea being that if you enjoy my blog you’ll probably enjoy the blogs I like (and have nominated).
Once you’ve been nominated the rules are simple. You should give a shout out to the person who nominated you and then nominate 5-10 other blogs in return… oh and the point in the post, which is to reveal 7 facts about yourself to your readers that they might not previously have known. In this spirit I’ve chosen 7 facts that I’ve not previously revealed on this blog and most of them are unrelated to travel.
SEVEN FACTS ABOUT ME…
ONE. I love going to the theatre and luckily living near London means that pretty much anything that comes to the West End is available… I’ve been fortunate to see some of my favourite film actors on stage but I’m more likely to geek out over seeing musical theatre performers nobody else even knows. It’s one thing I’d really miss if I were to ever move away from London for a sustained period of time.
TWO. My love for all things Scandinavian and desire to keep travelling to that area of the world come from my love for The Bridge (also Borgen) and The Moomins. Funnily enough the only Scandinavian countries I’ve visited so far are Iceland and Norway, leaving Sweden and Denmark (of the former fame) and Finland (of the latter). I have however bought some leather trousers in preparation to emulate my all time TV heroine Saga Noren when I eventually make it to see the Oresund.
THREE. When I was 14 I went on a school skiing trip to Canada where I inadvertently skied into a pylon that carried the ski lift and dislocated my left-hand little finger (it was a ‘Z’ shape!) At French-Canadian A&E the doctor fractured my finger when putting it back into place which meant I had to have it bound to a metal rod so it would grow back straight… getting through security to come home I held everyone up and was unable to explain my weapon-shaped metal hand in French to the airport security guards. Needless to say I wouldn’t recommend that experience!
FOUR. The only thing that was always on my travel bucket list, before I even knew such a thing existed, was to go diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Although I have other places I want to visit I’m not sure anything else I can add will ever be as significant.
FIVE. I’ve worked in so many different industries that every time I start a new job it’s like starting completely from scratch and I learn a whole bunch of things that I will almost certainly never use again. Amongst my list of useless skills is knowing how to conduct an oral history interview, creating kitchen production sheets for food production, knowing the requirements for passing legal compliance tests and how to meet them, organising food and craft stalls at a street festival and oh so many more…
SIX. I really enjoy drawing and painting and own an easel from back when I studied art in school but I barely ever use it. The last time I painted was during my trip to Bali where I was taught how to do traditional Balinese painting by a local family of artists… it was the most relaxed I’ve been in years and I realised I should spend time doing more of it but of course I’ve yet to put that into practice.
SEVEN. I’m a huge reader, although I currently don’t do as much as I want to due to other distractions (damn you Netflix!) My degree is in English Literature and apart from in those 3 years I’ve read pretty consistently for pleasure throughout my life… I recently re-joined the library as I’m a terrible compulsive book buyer and am running out of space. You could genuinely lose me in a bookshop for hours.
THE NOMINATED BLOGS
Mark of Mark Rambles On is currently travelling solo on a Working Holiday in Australia and I’ve really enjoyed reading his blog about his travels so far… and re-living my own memories from the same places. Of course I’m not at all jealous! He also does some great vlogs of his adventures on Youtube.
Jamie or “Ed” is based in Cardiff and blogs about travel, food and cruising over at his blog Explore With Ed. He also has a degree in filmmaking which means everything on his blog is visually stunning… I’m a particular fan of his stunning instagram feed.
In 2015 Jessie quit her job to travel the world with her girlfriend and started her blog Curious Jessie where she blogs about not just travel but also LGBT issues, design and marketing. You should know that I have a serious design-crush on her current blog layout.
I’ve been following and loving Becky’s fantastic blog Trekking With Becky for a while now, especially as I have an interest in her experiences teaching English overseas in some of the most interesting places… she was in Japan and now she’s in Russia!
Lauren is probably my favourite travel Youtuber (her vlogs are so entertaining) and she also runs a great blog with the same name Lauren Without Fear. She has recently returned to living in the US after spending most of 2016 living in China. If you like the look of her content seriously go watch her on Youtube!
Be sure to go check out my nominees and thanks again to Chris & Tiffany for the nomination.