I am excited to announce that Pages of My Passport has won its first award. A big thank you to French blogger Celine at ‘Tween Here and There for her nomination. The Liebster Award celebrates and recognizes up-and-coming blogs, given to and by fellow bloggers.
Following nomination, winners are prompted to respond to 11 questions posed by their nominator. My questions from ‘Tween Here and There are:
1. What is your favorite country?
Haha, I hate this question…and it is almost always the very first one I am asked when someone finds out that I am a traveler. I love different countries for different reasons. I’ve also found that sometimes the “less-impressive” places have left a greater impression on me, because of the people that I spent time with there. Traveling is such a personal experience, and each person will receive every place they go uniquely. But anyways, for the sake of answering the question, my favorite countries (I cannot pick just one!) are New Zealand, Italy, Panama, Colombia, and France.
2. Which country do you regret visiting and why?
I don’t regret visiting any specific country. Even through my most difficult experiences (and there are many), I believe that I have learned and grown as a person in ways that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Plus, I really DON'T think that we will ever NOT benefit by learning from another culture. However, I DO regret not having spent more time in a few countries, specifically Nicaragua and Colombia. Maybe someday I will go back…
3. You can bring only one book with you, which one will that be?
The Bible. I have many favorite books - 1984 by George Orwell, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and All Over the Map by Laura Jane Fraser, to name a few. And I love hostels that do book-exchanges! But if I only have one book to read and re-read, the Bible, for sure.
4. What is the best dish you have eaten overseas?
I ate horse at an agrotourism restaurant in Asolo, Italy. Perfectly tender and so flavorful. I never in a million years thought I would eat horse, but it was really so good. Italian pizza and pistachio gelato come as close seconds though.... Italy really does live up to its reputation of having delicous cuisine.
5. What are the pros and cons of traveling alone?
7. What are 3 things that you love about traveling?
8. What makes you fall in love with a blog?
I think probably a general visual appeal - quality photos and good organization to attract the reader, and then after that of course content. I love following blogs of travelers who have visited places that I've never been to!
9. Your blogging experience in just 3 words?
Long learning process
10. How did you come up with your blog name?
I wanted something that reflected what the blog was about, and Pages of My Passport came to me as something a bit catchy.
11. Teleportation is the new way to travel. Where will you go right away?
Antarctica! There are so many places I plan to go, but I know that this will be the most expensive… ;)
Congratulations to the following nominees:
J'ai Jeté Mon Tailleur - Mathilde is a French travel blogger who left her engineering job to pursue a life of traveling, and now writes to help other travelers prepare for their trips. She speaks French, English, Spanish, and Italian.
A Wanderlustful Life -Jackie had her first solo travel experience in 2013, and has since fallen in love with both traveling and blogging. She has been to 87 cities in 26 countries!
My Dear Lola - Marina describes herself as a "chocolate taster, Barcelona lover, and travel addict." She has spent time with local families in Norway, Ireland, and Iceland, and has continued to explore the world through various solo-trips.
Travel Family Blog - The Doros family has been in the travel industry for more than five years. They share their experiences and practical tips on how to travel with small children.
Young, Broke and Wandering - Michelle loves traveling around the world with her boyfriend and everything that comes along with it - meeting new people, learning about new cultures, trying new foods, and the opening of our minds.
My Questions for the Next Bloggers:
I believe in God's grace through Jesus. I love to learn, in a variety of contexts - reading God's Word, interacting with people from diverse backgrounds around the world, and as a student of Linguistics and Foreign Languages at Western Washington University. Pages of My Passport is dedicated to sharing this journey of learning through written and visual content.