Sunshine Blogger Award

So I was going to write about the Blue Penguins of Akaroa….but I was nominated for this award and I thought to take a break from our regularly scheduled New Zealand filled post to write something light.

Thanks to my fellow American expat: Ami im Schwabenland, after enjoying reading hers and her then nominating me….I thought, “This could be fun.”

The Sunshine Blogger award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community. There are also rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in your post and link back to her/his blog.
  2. Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo in your post.
Here we go with Ami’s questions:

1. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I like telling stories about my life here. It makes it easier when I come home to visit and I don’t have to recap everything that I have been doing. It allows me to be able to ask my family how they’ve been doing (or at least to prod further about certain Facebook posts hehe)

like that time I went to Hobbiton….

2. What drives you crazy about blogging (or what is sometimes not so nice)?

Scheduling posts. But I do it to myself. The discipline has been really good for me knowing that I can keep up with a schedule (especially for the hopefully near future when I can write full time).

3. What is or was your dream career?

Being a novelist. It’ll happen someday, damnit.

Like that time I did NaNoWriMo…

4. Which book have you been meaning to read, but just haven’t got around to yet?

How much time you got? I have a To Read pile that’s about as tall as I am. But the big one off the top of my head is:


I am only a third of the way through, and I am still trying. The story sounds perfect but I had such a hard time with King’s writing style…#fightme

5. Who or what is immediately to your left at the moment?

T’s scarf that I’m supposed to be knitting. hehehe. Normally I can whip up a scarf in a few days (max). But T picked the smallest weave AND smallest needles….we are going on four years on this damned thing. But I will get it done this year!

6. Do you enjoy trivia contests/shows/games? Why or why not?

I was never competitive growing up (my siblings were so much older than me so I was alone most of the time so I had no one to compete with). But as I’ve gotten older and accumulated a ton of worthless information, I like doing trivia to show off how big of a nerd I am.

7. Besides electronics, what are three things you always bring with you when you travel?

A notebook, my scarf blanket (you never know when that random cold strikes), and a good travel bag. (As for electronics: my camera, music/headphones, and backup battery to make sure the music never dies.)


8. Is there a place or country you can say you would never want to visit?

North Korea.

9. What is something you have from one of your parents or parent figures (trait or object)?

I have my mom’s way of making friends easily (as well as having friends pretty much everywhere in the world) and I have my dad’s smartassery and eyes.

10. What are your favourite types of blog posts to read (what is the topic)?

I like learning about new places (with lots of photos) as well as learning new recipes (cause I love to both cook and eat).

11. Would you rather travel to a new place with an organized group or alone?

Depends. When I know the language (like Peru or UK), I am fine going around by myself. However, when I went to Morocco I did go with a group. Obviously, I didn’t know the language and as an Arabic country, I wasn’t sure what it would be like to be a woman traveling alone there (though I know plenty of women who have). I like being alone because then I’m on my own schedule, but being with a group means making new friends. 😀

Bonus question: How old do you feel (not how old are you)?

I feel like I’m at least in my mid twenties….I have to remind myself constantly that I am in my early 30s since it doesn’t feel like it. Though the other day at Edeka, the cashier mistook me for someone who was too young to buy alcohol (I was buying gin and the age limit is 18). I started laughing and told the cashier that she made my day. Everyone in the grocery line also laughed. It was a good day.

Did I mention that my twin’s having a baby this week…..and I get to be the Godmother?!?!?!?! Totally not relevant and I am so friggin’ excited!
OK! Now to nominate 11 bloggers…..this one is going to be a stretch….
2. Shruti from Indian Girl in Germany
3. Sam from Adventures Abroad
4. Hugo from Hugo Adventures (I know he’s a dog….but this could be fun!)
6. Caitlin from Caitlin Travis
7. Kate from On Weekends We Travel
8. Christina from Christina Randall
9. Kirsten from My Life in China
10. Brittany from A Bit of Britt
11. Bella from The Bella Travelista
Hello folks! So here are my questions:
1. What would your autobiography be called?
2. Describe your life using film titles
3. What would be your perfect murder weapon and why?
4. If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book, etc. which one would you claim?
5. Which animal would make the best type of president if the animal kingdom ever rises up and takes over?
6. When it comes to making tea which answer most applies to you?
  •  I am the patron saint of tea, tea for everyone!
  •  I’m not a one man Starbucks. Every man for himself.
  •  I’ve only got two hands- so first come, first served.
7. Do you consider Monopoly to be a game that you play with friends or enemies?
8. What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?
9. If you could redesign the food pyramid without any dire health consequences – how would it look?
10. What’s the most beautiful word in the world?
11. What’s something you love to make?
What do you think, folks? Can’t wait to read the responses!
bis nächste Woche!

One thought on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. I love the word “Smartassery”!! I think it’s N. Korea for which the US state dept. recommends travelers settled their affairs, life insurance beneficiaries, etc. before going there. Good answer.

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