We’ve been nominated for the Liebstar Award!
Just as we arrived to Cancun for TBEX our very first travel bloggers conference, I started twittering around on twitter and found a tweet from Adventure J nominating our blog for the Liebstar Award. I was flattered and excited.
A huge thank you to Adventure J for checking in and nominating us.
The Liebstar Award was created to recognize new bloggers. I was nominated by AdventureJ and I must respond to her list of 11 questions about myself and our travels. Then I nominate 5 more bloggers to do the same.
I love this wonderful idea that shares love, promotes and welcome new bloggers like me into the community of bloggers.
We’re all in this together and maybe we’ll even meet one day, somewhere – right?
If you are nominated for this award here’s what you need to do.
1) Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2) Answer the 11 Questions the blogger asked you.
3) Nominate 5 other Bloggers who have less than 500 Twitter followers.
4) Ask them 11 new questions.
5) Let them know about their nominations by Twitter, Facebook or email so that they can proceed with the award process.
Here’s my answers to AdventureJ’s questions
Travelling to New Caledonia as a 16 year old – Not sure if that’s meant to be my ‘first travel experience’ or my ‘first great travel experience’ – anyhow I’ll go with my very first overseas trip by myself (without parents) at age 16. I was young and still in school when I learned about a ‘school’ trip to New Caledonia. I was already dreaming about white sand beaches and gorgeous french boys.
I had an afterschool job in a local café and had been saving madly to buy a car. I had $700 dollars in the bank. The trip to New Caledonia costs $700. Dilemma – should I spend my $700 going to Noumea or should I continue with my plan to buy a car. That $700 was for flights from the bottom of New Zealand all the way to New Caledonia, 2 weeks accomodation and meals all included.
It was my first introduction to the outside world and I caught some sort of life long bug – called ‘wanna travel all the time’.
Recently we found a cure and are now travelling fulltime living a privileged travel life.
Swimming with Whale Sharks in Cancun – With the Whale Shark season ending in a few days and soon heading off to Cuba there was no time to think about it. Lets face it who doesn’t want to swim with the world’s largest fish that are likely to be as long as a bus! Somehow it was just booked and we were going. Still not really thinking about what it would be like Eco Colors picked us up and reality set in when the first thing Synthia suggested that we call at the pharmacy to buy sea sickness tablets. I never get seasick but she made me a little nervous.
Looked like I was really going to need my big girl pants for this trip. I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to not only see these magnificent animals but swim in such close proximity to them, thanks to my guide Synthia of Eco Colors whose strong swimming got me where I needed to be.
Nothing prepared me for how awe inspiring they looked until I actually put my face under the water and come face to face with one!
I felt like the luckiest person on earth that day.
Don’t wait – there is no better time than now, make a plan and go, you will never be this young again.
Breaking my cameras! – Although happier days in this photo with my camera. My worst day was the day I broke my second lens in a month. And on the first day of three weeks in Cuba no less. I was in tears and felt literally sick, three whole weeks in an amazing place like Cuba and no proper camera.
I have to make do with 2 smartphones and a Go Pro that I can’t even operate yet!
Being part of Tlaquepaque Street Entertainment – The only white people in the crowd we screamed tourist and the comedian was eyeing us up, I could feel it. When the person in front of me shifted I moved to the front for better photos, oops that was the moment that the little comedian came racing over and took my hand, then promptly returned for Des. Relieving us of our bags and cameras we immediately became part of his hideous show.
We were made to dance difficult, swanky, sexy moves and we ended up on the stage for about 30 minutes! It felt like forever but I just couldn’t stop laughing. I’m sure we gringos were put there to entertain the people of Tlaquepaque.
Hands Down Guatemala – Guatemala is ruggedly beautiful, because it just is. It has spectacular terrain, diverse people and culture that truly captured our hearts. We loved the dense jungles, rain forests, and wildlife reserves and hundreds of birds, plants, insects, and animals.
The gorgeous oceans, seas, rivers, turquoise lagoons, waterfalls, lakes (including the world’s most beautiful lake, Lake Atitlán), sulfur baths, and other breathtaking natural wonders. The fertile valleys, dense forests, caves, mountains, and volcanoes are perfect for hiking, climbing, and exploring. There are active and inactive volcanoes in Guatemala, especially in the highlands.
Guatemala is home to highest volcano (Tajumulco, the highest point in ALL of Central America), which we climbed but that is another story, and its most active and hence ¨dangerous¨ volcano (Santiaguito). We viewed this erupting from a distance at Lake Chicabal.
Last but not least the beautiful people, kind gentle and very genuine. For us, the perfect life is in Guatemala.
My Camera/s – Excuse me; I’m taking a photo! – I have to be a bit boring here, but it really is my camera. I rarely leave to go out anywhere without my camera.
It acts like my diary!
This is a tricky one, although I like my food I’m not a foodie and don’t generally set out to try heaps of new food. I loved the initial idea of trout on the menu in Peru. But after a month I did get sick of quinoa soup and trout which seemed to be everyday lunch.
I couldn’t do rice and beans in Cuba, tamales in Mexico and I hated the dried pigs blood and intestines that were served to me in Singapore.
Belize – it just felt all wrong, a bit loud, rough and expensive for what’s on offer. I felt a bit like the only thing they were interested in was my money.
Nicaragua – I feel another amazing travel adventure coming on!
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