How exciting! I’ve been nominated by brilliant bloggers, Nat and Stu over at Where’s My Passport for the “Liebster Blog Award”. I’ve been blogging now for a few years, but have really become passionate about it over the past year. So to even be nominated is a great honor, so thanks guys! Keep up the awesome!
The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers to give them more exposure and klout in the blogging community. Not to mention the readership! On top of that, it gives readers new and old a glimpse into the life of the person behind the blog.
So, without further adieu, here’s 11 random facts about me!
1.) I started playing the piano at 4. The first song I learned was “House of the Rising Sun” closely followed by “Hey Jude”.
2.) I started playing the violin when I was 7.
3.) I’m super awesome at climbing trees.
4.) I am a huge fan of all things zombie related. In fact, I’ll be participating in the Zombie Run Race in Philadelphia April 7! Email me if you are going to be in town and want to be on my team (Team Bite Me).
5.) F. Scott Fitzgerald is my favorite author of all time.
6.) I am a history nerd and mostly enjoy stories of our founding fathers, especially those of Ben Franklin.
7.) My favorite thing to order at a diner is “two eggs any style” – I like them over easy.
8.) I like to bake with beer.
9.) I am the master of biking in heels.
10.) My motto: “Write drunk, edit sober” – Ernest Hemmingway
11.) I have a huge celebrity crush on Adrian Brody.
And here are my answers to Nat and Stu’s questions:
1.) What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you on your travels?
The strangest thing that has ever happened to me on my travels has to be celebrating Karneval in Mainz, Germany. I’ve never seen an entire city shut down so that chaos could take over the streets. We danced, drank, completely trashed the streets and some German guy dressed as a sailor tried to lick my face. Much merriment was made.
2.) What item could you not travel without?
I can’t go anywhere without my camera – gotta preserve them memories, yo.
3.) When you’re not travelling, what do you spend most of your free time doing?
I spend my days exploring all of the hidden gems in Philadelphia. I enjoy contributing articles about Philadelphia to publications to try and encourage tourists to visit America’s birthplace.
4.) What’s the one place you’d tell people to visit and why?
I always tell people to go to Edinburgh, Scotland at least once in their lives. It is certainly a city with a lot of character. There’s a story and a legend on almost every corner, the architecture is fariytale-like and the fact that the royal family often goes there to hang out makes Edinburgh a very place. It’ll certainly spark your imagination!
5.) What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever done?
I recently went to Austin, Texas on a whim. With almost no plans, my good friend and I just drifted through the city, stumbling upon wonderful adventures – one of my favorite moments of that trip was playing Chicken Shit Bingo; a game that takes place in a tiny bar and everyone bets on what number a chicken is going to poop on.
6.) What’s your biggest achievement?
Honestly, I’m most proud of the fact that at such a young age, I can fund my vagrant lifestyle using a myriad of tricks and trades I’ve learned over the years.
7.) If you were stuck on a desert island, what 5 music tracks would you have?
1.) “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore
2.) “Despite What You’ve Been Told” by Two Gallants
3.) “Late July” by Shakey Graves
4.) “DIY Orgasm” by Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains
5.) “Anna’s Sun” by Walk the Moon
8.) They say a picture says a thousand words, what one photo means the most to you and why?
These are my two very good friends, Gregor and Taylor. This was taken outside of our dorms in Heidelberg, Germany. All I did was put the camera on my shoulder to take a picture of what was happening behind me. At the moment I took the photo, they both made this face. Something disgusting happened somewhere and to this day I still have no idea what it was. I could only imagine!
9.) How do you cope with missing home when you’re travelling?
Whenever I begin feeling homesick, I start connecting with people from home. I’ll write postcards, write emails and Skype with family and friends. Honestly, it’s never the place I long for, it’s the people I miss.
10.) What’s your biggest fear?
Vomit – seeing it and watching someone during the act scares me worse than anything else in this world.
11.) Who’s your biggest inspiration?
Ben Franklin is my hero. He was an inventor, a politician, a writer, a philosopher – and he was one bad ass rebel.
So here are the 11 folks that I nominate!
Jessica of The Life Outside
Lindsay Young of This is How I Travel
Amanda (Fellow Philadelphian) of Amanda Elsewhere
Sammy of Sammy’s Generic Travel Blog
Elaine of Runaway Brit
Ayngelina of Bacon is Magic
Sarah of Sarah Somewhere
Dan and Linda of As We Saw It
Simon of Man Vs World
Jack and Jill of Jack and Jill Travel
Natalie of Near Afar
And here are the questions that I have for you!
1.) What inspired you to start traveling?
2.) What is your favorite destination so far and why?
3.) Where you’ve had your favorite meal?
4.) What’s your favorite travel memory.
5.) Share with us your favorite photo and a little bit of detail about the photo.
6.) What are some words you live by (quotes, your motto, a mantra)?
7.) Why did you start a travel blog?
8.) Do you have a favorite place in the airport to hang out before a flight?
9.) When you fly, what do you like to do to keep you occupied?
10.) What’s the strangest thing a local has every told you about their city?
11.) When it comes to travel blogging, what do you find is your biggest obstacle?
These are the rules for the nominated bloggers:
- Link back to the blogger that nominated you
- Write 11 random facts about yourself
- Answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you
- Nominate 11 other bloggers
- Ask them 11 new questions