I have been nominated by Mutsumi of Sakura Junction to take part in the Infinity Dreams Award, and I am very thankful for this, as it is actually the first time I’m being nominated and I was looking forward to taking part in this type of fun connection among bloggers. So thank you very much, Mutsumi! Mutsumi is a Japanese Londoner who shares on her blog stories from her life as well as inspiring Japanese recipes. So please make sure to pay Sakura Junction a visit! An now on to the nomination.
Here are the rules:
- Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.
- Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
- Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
- Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.
Number 1 is checked, so… 11 facts about myself. Here we go:
- I love reading and I love books. Although I understand how handy a kindle is, especially when you travel, I still haven’t given in to one and I keep buying books in print.
- I am absolutely unable to grow plants. Right now I am trying to keep a little basil plant, so that I can have fresh basil leaves to add to my pasta. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks already and it’s still alive, and I’m overly surprised.
- I can speak 5 languages and I’m working on my 6th.
- I can easily become obsessed with a song, and when I do I can literally listen to it over and over for weeks without getting tired of it.
- I once booked a plane ticket for 0€, return. I still don’t know to what extent this was a mistake of the website or I was just lucky to catch a super insane promotional fare – and lucky enough to have it on both ways – but that way I visited the Netherlands for the first time. Other really low-cost tickets I managed to get were Krakow-Stockholm for 0,25€ and Alghero-Oslo for 6€. I love you, Ryanair.
- The night before my Master’s thesis examination in Italy I was very nervous and the only thing that was keeping me calm was making muffins, so I baked 6 batches before I managed to fall asleep. I served them the following day at my graduation party!
- I’m not crazy about the sea. I like to look at it, photograph it, but spenidng a whole vacation at the beach just sunbathing is something I really don’t enjoy. I’d rather hike for a whole week on the mountains or visit a city.
- At the age of 5 I took part in a singing contest on TV. I didn’t win.
- I have an insane fear of slugs. They disgust me so much that my repulsion actually turns into something much more unrestrainable close to fear.
- I don’t mind waking up in the morning. On the contrary, unless I’m sleep deprived and need a long sleep, oversleeping kills me. And I hate napping during the day, it just makes me even more sleepy.
- I’ve been a blood donor for years. As a student I didn’t have much money to give to charities, so this was my way of donating to those who are in need.
Here are Mutsumi’s questions to me:
- What is the best thing about the city/town where you live now?
The nature, it’s overwhelming and I love it. I am living in a beautiful place now, and I am loving it deeply as a photographer. I’ve always been a big fan of Scandinavian landscapes and now I have them right out of my window.
- What is the best way of spending time for you?
Taking pictures and going out for a walk and exploring.
- What was the best food you have eaten?
This is really difficult to answer because I’ve had the chance to eat many delicious foods throughout my life. I still remember the salmon sushi I had in Oslo so I believe that it must have made quite an impression on me if I still remember the taste of that salmon today. And I have the same fond memory of my cousin’s apple pie with whipped cream I ate years ago in New Jersey where she lives. My goodness, that was seriously the best cake I’ve ever had, and I’ve eaten many cakes.
- What was the best book you have read?
Another really difficult question. I will list 4 books that I have either devoured, or that have had a deep impact on me: Waiting for the barbarians (J.M. Coetzee), One hundred years of solitude (G. García Márquez), Oceano Mare (A. Baricco), American Gods (N. Gaiman).
- What was the best film you have seen?
The Lion King. I love Disney’s classics.
- Where was the best place you have visited?
The Lofoten archipelago in northern Norway, on the first week of midnight sun of the year. So shamelessly beautiful. I should share some pictures from that trip on this blog, because it was just too beautiful.
- What was the best/most useful thing you have ever bought?
A digital camera. Ever since I have owned one – and especially since I upgraded to a DSLR – I learned a new way to express myself and I discovered that it was actually the best way to express myself.
- What was your best memory in your childhood?
The grape harvest with the family from my cousin’s side. This was a special event every year and I was always looking forward to it.
- What was the best decision you made for yourself?
To study abroad. It opened my mind in an incredible way and taught me so much.
- What was the best dream you had? (If you remember any)
Unfortunately I tend to remember mostly the nightmares, and they’re not fun, especially because I have some recurring nightmares that just come up whenever I’m feeling distressed. I hate that.
- What was the best piece of advice you have been given?
If something goes wrong, try again and never give up on your dreams. Success comes to those who work hard.
And I nominate for this award the following bloggers:
- Red Velvet Snow
- Mel’s Vittles
- Vivi e impara
- Birdie’s Bits and Bobs
- A new life wandering
- Mrs. Walker’s Art and Illustration
- The Swedish Kiwi
- Anna Dennis
- Cakes the Biscuit
- A Kitchen in Uganda
- Becky’s biscuit bases
Just like Mutsumi did, I apologise in advance if some of you had already been nominated and I had missed that post. I ask my nominees to answer the following questions:
- Why did you decide to start a blog?
- What was the most exciting thing that happened to you?
- What is your favourite colour?
- What is your favourite book?
- What kind of music do you like?
- What are your next travel plans?
- Sweet or savoury?
- Cats or dogs?
- How do you keep healthy?
- What is your favourite object in your house?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Thank you very much to whoever will participate, and even if you won’t, please accept my nomination as a way to show my appreciation for your blogs.