Hello and welcome to my exciting new website, aspiretoamble.com!
What better way to celebrate my blog’s new look than to happily announce that last month, before my blog’s aesthetic overhaul, Rosie at La Grenouille Anglaise kindly nominated me for The Liebster Award!
The Liebster is an exciting award created to celebrate young blogs and continue developing a sense of a community among bloggers, as well as helping new blogs to be discovered.
-About my Nominator:
Rosie is a recent graduate from the University of Leeds, currently living in Lyon in France. Her blog is an agglomeration of things that she likes: travelling; hiking; photography; baking and foreign language(s).Not only does she write about her travels and hiking adventures, she also posts delicious recipes in her wonderful ‘munchies‘ section! Delightful!
Thanks again to The English Frog for my nomination, I really enjoyed answering your thought-provoking questions. Read on to see my responses, as well as the rules of the Liebster award, and 10 random facts about me. Plus, my nominees and my questions for them…
-Liebster Award Rules:
You can read the long and detailed version of the rules if you click here, but for those who fancy a speed-read, they are summarised in the seven bullet points below:
- Thank the person who nominated you, describe them and their blog a little, and provide a link to it.
- Display the award on your blog, and detail the rules of the award in your post
- Answer your nominator’s 11 questions
- Give 10 random facts about yourself
- Nominate 5-11 blogs which you feel deserve to be recognised
- Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
- Inform the blogs that you have nominated about their nomination and link them to your post so they too can discover the Liebster Award!
-My answers to Rosie’s questions:
- Camping or glamping?
As much as I would love to say camping (I do enjoy getting back to nature and camping out in the wilderness from time to time) if I had the opportunity to go glamping I probably would! I like to try to convince myself that I can lead a simple, cheap, and cheerful life, but if I have to be honest, I do love indulging in little luxuries if I ever get the chance to.
- If you were invisible for the day, what would you do?
Good question! I’m going to assume this means I can be invisible and also do whatever I want, so I would take the opportunity to visit an uncontacted Amazonian tribe, like the Awá, and watch what they do all day without them even knowing that I was there.
I’ve always been fascinated by civilizations that have had very minimal or no contact with the outside world, and I often try to find documentaries or films on the subject. I don’t like to romanticise it too much and imagine the tribes as ‘backwards’ or say that they are only ‘pure’ if they are uncontacted, I just think that they have the right to remain uncontacted if they wish, but I’m so curious – so it would be nice to experience what a day in their normal lives would be like without disturbing their peace.
- What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Although I’m curious to try anything and everything while travelling, I haven’t yet got round to eating strange crispy bugs, crocodile meat, or anything quite like that. I would say the strangest thing I’ve eaten so far is coração de frango in Brazil. That’s chicken hearts to you and me, loads of them, all lined up on a skewer and cooked on the barbecue… sounds cruel and gross but I have to admit that I really quite enjoyed them!
- Would you travel into space?
Yes, yes and yes! You have no idea how relevant this question is to me! I’m mesmerised by the idea of space travel, and my boyfriend will tell you that, from time to time, I even get sad and gloomy just thinking about how unlikely it is that I would ever be able to explore space. It sounds silly, but I just love the idea of viewing our beautiful planet from the window of a spaceship, and I hope that one day in my lifetime commercial space flights become possible (and affordable) so that I can see it before I die.
- Which person from history would you most like to meet, and why?
I think I would like to meet Queen Victoria, ‘grandmother of Europe’ and ‘Empress of India.’ At the start of her reign, Britain had just lost its American colonies and was suffering in other ways, yet by the end of her reign, it was an industrialised imperial superpower! Although I don’t really agree with the concept of colonisation, anyone would have to admit that she was a very powerful woman. Not only would I love to hear her views about why she was so strong and successful, I would also love to just hear how she talked and see how she lived, I’m quite obsessed with Victorian Britain, and may be guilty of romanticising it a little bit too.
- What’s your life motto?
I don’t really have one life motto; if I’m honest I talk to myself rather a lot, so I have a whole collection of motto-type-things that I tell myself. But if I had to choose one, it would be “do what makes you happy.” I don’t really think there’s a ‘purpose’ to life as such, it’s all just one big wonderful coincidence that we get to be here and take the fun and unpredictable journey from birth to death that we call life. So to me it seems like the best thing to do with your life is just to focus on whatever makes you feel happy and grateful.
- How did you get into blogging?
Once I got to university and my mind was inevitably converted into one of those I-over-analyse-everything type of brains, I found myself analysing my own thoughts quite a lot. In other words, I began to think about what I was thinking about (so meta…) I soon realised that I have quite a strong inner monologue running at all times, and that maybe blogging would be an interesting way to write it all down. Especially when visiting new places; if I listened to my inner monologue I realised that, inside my mind, I was writing an article about the place without really trying, and it would stay in my brain repeating and editing itself until I wrote it down and got it out! That’s still how it happens now, once I’m inspired by something (more often than not somewhere) sentences, paragraphs, or even whole articles just kind of form themselves and develop in my thoughts until I take them out and store them on my blog!
- Fancy being a centenarian?
I suppose it depends on what condition I would be in by 100 years old… if I get there and I’m still fairly fit, healthy and able to do what I enjoy, then why the hell not!?
- Which country would you most like to visit?
This is tough as there’s a long, long list of places that I want to visit! I really can’t wait to return to Brazil and I am desperate to see the rest of South America, many countries in Europe and Asia, not to mention Alaska and Canada too… but if I had to choose just one place that entices me the most, it would be Japan. Japan seems so diverse and entirely unlike any other place on Earth, it has such a fascinating, eclectic mix of cultures and I would love to immerse myself in it.
- If a biopic was made of your life, which actor/actress would you want to play the starring role?
Jim Carrey? I just think my life is one long hilarious string of jokes and funny scenes; I would want the biopic of my life to be a comedy for sure, and a comedy that really makes people laugh until their stomachs hurt…so I think Jim Carrey (in drag?) would do the trick!
- What’s your favourite season?
It’s difficult because I couldn’t say I dislike any season, but I think I get most excitable around Autumn. I love the colours of Autumn and rustling in the crunchy leaves, I like wearing cosy jumpers and snuggling up with a hot chocolate. Halloween and Bonfire Night are also some of my favourite holidays! (Although I’m not a Pumpkin Spiced Latte kind of girl)
-10 random facts about me:
- My Grandad was born in Hungary and ran away during the war to start a family in England; which makes me one quarter Hungarian!
- I have a weird scar on my right thigh that looks like a little round piece of flesh is missing from my leg. It was caused by the MMR injection that I had when I was a baby, and we call it my ‘bullet hole.’
- Over the past few years, I have been a writer, section editor, illustrator, and even creative designer for the UoB Linguist Magazine, a multi-lingual publication run by University of Birmingham students. For the coming academic year I have been voted in as the Chairperson, and I am so excited to get started!
- I used to be addicted to KFC. Seriously, I worked at an Argos store with a KFC next door, and I would eat there almost every day. My new year’s resolution for 2012 was to have only one KFC per month so that I could begin to ween myself off it. Don’t worry, I am now recovered.
- I study Spanish and Portuguese, but next semester I will begin learning Italian, and in the future, Russian and Polish too!
- For a fair few years, I used to be a Girls Venture Corps Air Cadet, we did work experience at RAF camps, co-piloted little planes, and other fun things- it was such a fantastic life experience.
- I used to collect magnets from wherever I went, but I’ve had to slow down now since my collection is over 150 strong and there’s no space left on our fridge!
- Last semester I studied Brazilian Sign Language (amongst other interesting things) at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Brazil.
- I love birds and taking photos of them. (I may or may not have a little blog where I post lots of photos of birds…)
- I’m obsessed with jewellery, I have a huge collection of necklaces, earrings, etc and I hang them all around my room and like to look at them like a magpie with my treasures.
Well, it is certainly true that the Liebster Award is a good way to help people discover new and interesting blogs, but I think I discovered too many! Turns out there are oodles of amazing blogs in the blogosphere, so choosing only a handful to nominate was a rather difficult feat! But I got there in the end; here are my six chosen nominees:
- Suitcases & Spatulas– For enthusiasts of travel & food. Recommended reads: ‘An Honest Account of My First Solo Travel Experience in NYC‘ and ‘Travelling Britain on a Budget‘
- Polkadot Paradiso– Twenty something who loves anything crafty or beauty related. Follow for lots of beauty reviews and stationery heaven! Recommended reads: ‘Late night craft shopping haul‘ and ‘My first blogging event #mkbloggersbrunch‘
- Ar0und the World– Follow an adventurer around the world as they try not to get lost. Recommended reads: ‘Tiny Shops and New Adventures‘ and ‘Burning My Mouth Off‘!
- Three Sons Later– A blog on building a happy life through parenting, crafting, cooking, making & baking. Recommended reads: ‘Learning Irish At The Table’ and ‘Our Attempt at Homemade Bounty’
- Lia’s Artsy Musings– Art. Photography Life. Recommended reads: ‘Exploring: Mogollon Rim’ and ‘Sharing Your Art’
- Fernanda Was Here– Writes to inspire your wanderlust along with her own, writing about the things that trigger hers, and documenting her journey around the globe. Recommended reads: ’53 reasons to fall in love with Istanbul’ and ‘Photo of the Week #32: Venice Through the Looking Glass’
-10 questions for my nominees:
- If you were given £1000, 000 but had to spend it all in one day, how would you spend it?
- Your favourite city?
- What would you eat as your last meal if you were on death row?
- You get two trips in a time machine, one backwards in time and one into the future…to what years would you travel?
- Do you believe in any superstitions?
- Would you rather take many small trips to different places, or stay for a long time in one place?
- Sweets or savoury snacks?
- If you could wake up and suddenly be fluent in another language, which one would you choose?
- What would you say is your best quality?
- You host a dinner party with four guests (living or historical, fictional or real) who would you invite?
Thanks again to Rosie for the nominating me, I had a great time answering such interesting questions!
And, to my nominees: should you accept, I look forward to reading your posts!