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Skydiving and Peter Pan

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I’ve finally decided to take on the Liebster Award!

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I was nominated one other time by Courtney of Adelante, but being the procrastinator that I am, I ran out of time to complete the questionnaire! This time I’ve been nominated by Melissa of Intentional Expat!

I love the idea of the Liebster Award! My favorite part of blogging is connecting with other bloggers and this award allows just that. What better way to make new blog friends or get to know those you already have a little better than with a personal interview!

So, what is the Liebster Award you ask?

After searching a little bit about this award, I’ve come to see it as a kind of chain letter. It works as a ‘tag you’re it’ experience, where bloggers nominate other bloggers to complete their questionnaires. It seems that the rules have been bent, changed and improvised over time, depending on the blogger. The specific set Melissa gave me are:

  • You must link back to the person who nominated you (but cannot nominate them)
  • You must answer the 10 questions given by the nominee before you.
  • You must select 10 blogs with under 200 followers to answer your 10 questions.

So, without further ado, I bring you Melissa’s questions:

1) Mountains or ocean?

Oh no, do I have to choose? I grew up going to the ocean and I have to say not many things beat floating atop potent salt water on a hot summer day. But, as much as I love my sun-kissed skin and wavy beach hair, here in Madrid, the closest beach is 4 hours away! Here in Spain, I’ve learned to also look forward to some well needed mountain time. Sometimes you just need to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for some fresh crisp mountain air.

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2) Which place can you travel to again and again?

There are a few places I could revisit over and over, but as of now I can’t stay away from Germany. I’ve been to this Central European country three times now, but still feel like there is so much left to discover. I’m not sure what exactly keeps pulling me back to this country, but every time I go I find something else I love. The people are friendly, the architecture is exquisite and there is a never-ending supply of beer! There’s something extremely homey and inviting about this Lederhosen wearing bratwurst eating culture! I’ll actually be returning to Deutschland for a fourth time come January 😀

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3) If you only had 24 hours to live, how would you spend it?

Surprisingly, I wouldn’t spend my last 24 hours traveling. Completely the opposite, actually. I would have everyone I love travel to me! I would have a party with all of my close friends and family and celebrate life. As cheesy as that sounds- you’re nothing without the people who love and support you. I’d want to spend my last moments with all of those people one last time!

4) What ONE word defines you?

I honestly got a little caught up on this one and after a lot of thinking, I still couldn’t decide. So….. I cheated. Oops! Does that make my word ‘lazy?’ Anyway, I took an online personality test. And my result was…. drum roll…..

“Compassionate”

“You are a selfless and compassionate individual. Whenever your loved ones are down, you are there to pick them up and never leave their side. You are a true friend and an amazing companion!”

I can definitely identify with being compassionate, but I don’t know if I would call myself completely selfless. After all picking up and moving half way across the world is pretty damn selfish. But I do try to be there for my friends and family as much as possible from all the way over here in España!!

5) Guilty (blog appropriate) pleasure?

I know this is kind of boring, but if I were being completely and utterly honest, I’d have to say eating. Not many things can make me feel the way good food does. If eating too much wasn’t unhealthy or uncomfortable I don’t think I would EVER stop. There are so many different foods in the world to try and only so much time. Guess I’ll just have to keep on eating ….

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6) Favorite quote?

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.” -― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

As a kid, I was obsessed with Peter Pan. My father used to read Peter Pan stories to me before bed and sometimes he would even put me, as a character, into the plot. It seemed so enchanting- the power to fly off to an unknown place and escape reality. To be young forever. No restrictions. No responsibilities.

Peter probably had a lot to do with turning me into such a wanderer. Today I still cherish my days of these stories and this quote is simply incredible. That’s what life is anyway, isn’t it? Just one big adventure. 

7) If there was no risk of failure, what one thing would you try?

Well, I’m actually still thinking about trying it, but the answer to this would have to be skydiving. I’ve wanted to just suck it up and go for so long now, but the truth is that I’m pretty terrified of heights. (All of the accidents and horror stories in the news don’t help.) It just looks so surreal- floating above the world gazing down at the massive earth below. I’m still debating, but hoping to go soon. We’ll see if I can get up the courage!

8) Who is your role model?

My role model, for as long as I can remember, has been my Grandfather, Hans. I’ve looked up to him from before I could even truly fathom what an amazing person he was. I still don’t think I can completely understand. He passed away before I was born and so I never got the chance to meet him, but this only made me obsess more over discovering his life. My journey in “knowing” my grandfather has influenced me in so many ways. Actually, his story really could be an inspiration to many. You can read more about it here.

9) What picture that you’ve taken makes you want to grab your suitcase, pack your bags and hit the road right now?

I don’t think I could choose just one picture, but I do have this weird thing about taking pictures from the window of airplanes. Maybe it’s because they give me a slight look into what skydiving might be like? Or maybe I just like looking at the Earth from a different perspective. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but no matter how many times I fly, I’ll always enjoy gazing out of my airplane window.

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10) What brings you joy?

What brings me joy changes from day-to-day.  Some days it’s something obviously exciting, like packing my suitcase and heading out on a new adventure. Other days it’s something quite simple like a deliciously creamy cup of coffee. More importantly, this year I’ve been trying to find some joy in my day-to-day.  I’ve decided to try to enjoy the little things in life and not get so caught up in silly complications or mundane routines. Finding joy in the simple, as well as the obviously exciting things, is just as crucial for happiness.

Thanks again for the nomination, Melissa!!

Here are my nominees:

(Side note- I’m not really sure how many followers you all have, so please don’t be insulted! I simply enjoy reading all of your blogs!!)

Here are my questions for you lovely ladies!!

  1. What is your favorite thing to do in a new city?
  2. If you could pick anywhere in the world, (all expense paid trip) where would you go?
  3. What’s your favorite travel quote?
  4. If you could have any job in the world (money aside), what would it be?
  5. What inspires you to write?
  6. What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
  7. What is your least favorite mode of transportation?
  8. Where did you have your biggest culture shock?
  9. If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, which celebrity would you bring? Why?
  10. What does traveling mean to you?

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Linkin’ up with BonnieCynthiaYalanda and Courtney for Travel Tuesday today!

Thanks in advance and happy blogging!!

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