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Liebster Awards, or as I’ve been calling it #blogspotlight

liebster award
liebster award

A few days ago, BEATRAVELING posted “And the Liebster Award Goes to…ME 🙂,” in which she nominated me and a few other bloggers for the Liebster Award.


Mind you, BEATRAVELING’s web site is a bit deceptive, because when you first look at it, you might think there’s not much there. But just go to the drop down list of “Countries” in the right hand column, and you’ll see this girl has been all over the world!

I’ve never heard of the Liebster Award, but since it involves talking about myself, and about my favorite overlooked blogs… hey, why not? right?

The rules for the award are:

1) Thank the blogger who nominated you, with a link back to his/her blog
2) Answer the 11 questions your nominator asks you
3) Nominate 5–11 bloggers with under 500 Twitter followers
4) Create 11 questions for your nominees
5) Display the Liebster Award logo on your page
6) List these 6 rules in your blog post

So I’m done with 1), 5) and 6), now let’s get to the questions:

Big city or in the middle of nowhere?

I’ll be evasive and say “both.” Each offers something different, but both are appealing.

Travel solo or with company?

🙂 I’ve got two kids, what do you think?

Hotel suite or bunk bed?

I’d have to say suite, though I’ve done bunk beds, benches in parks, and floors in monasteries (a very long time ago).

Kitchen in Madrid
Kitchen in “our” Madrid apartment

Top notch restaurant or food stall?

Actually, food stall is just fine, though we usually try to stay in places that have full kitchens, like this little place we rented for a week in Madrid through HomeAway, which sadly does not seem to be on the market anymore. Then we find a local grocery store, load up on essential, and  cook our own food.

Head above or below water?

Above water, though the one time I tried snorkeling, I did like it.

By land or by air?

By land, if possible, but it’s hard to get to Europe from the U.S. this way.

On a flight, sleep or entertainment?

I find it hard to sleep on airplanes, so I either watch movies or read.

#macrolens picture taken in my backyard
#macrolens picture taken in my backyard

Near or far away places?

You can find beautiful places everywhere you go, be it a five-minute walk from where you are, or on the other side of the globe. You just have to know how to look for them.

Plan ahead or decide as you go?

We try to plan lodging ahead of time, at least a week in advance. Everything else – where to go, where to eat – sometimes it’s decided the evening before.

Budget or sky is the limit?

Oh, I wish sky were the limit, but we do have to stay within a budget.

On day trips, tour group or on your own?

If we’re in a city for just one day, we usually try to do a bus tour, but other than that, we go our on ways, at our own pace.


Now the fun part – nominating fellow bloggers! 🙂

My nominees are:

@advliesinfront from Adventure Lies in Front (from Australia), whose post “How I Earned 65,000 Frequent Flyer points in 4 months” makes me feel wholly inadequate. 🙂

@our_w_heritage from Our World Heritage

Sally’s World365 who doesn’t seem to have a Twitter account, but is on Facebook at: Sally’s World 365

A Drifter Off to See the World, who also doesn’t have a Twitter account, but again, is on Facebook at: A Drifter Off to See the World

and Journey Around the Globe, who again does not have a Twitter account, but is on Facebook under Journey Around the Globe

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And the questions are:

1) What is the first trip you remember? How old were you?

2) Did you always love traveling or did it grow on you?

3) What was your last trip? (feel free to include a photo)

4) Where are you planning to go next?

5) What do you use to take photos? Do you have a professional camera or do you use a smartphone?

6) How many countries have you been to?

7) Which places do you always recommend to friends to visit?

8) What was your favorite mountain you climbed? (feel free to include a photo)

9) What was the favorite museum you visited? (feel free to include a photo)

10) Do you have an Instagram of a Flickr account?

11) What places do you have on your #bucketlist?

Thank you very much for participating. Looking forward to your replies! 🙂

3 thoughts on “Liebster Awards, or as I’ve been calling it #blogspotlight”

  1. So much fun to read! And thanks for the “tip”. My categories are now in cloud format, and not drop-down. And almost at the top of the side panel. Always good with an outsider’s view 🙂 Now I only need to write more posts for the cloud to look cool 🙂 Have a nice day!

    1. Nice! The cloud gives your readers a better sense of how many places you’ve been to. I’m still trying to figure out how to configure the menu as well. Let me know if you have any tips! 🙂 Happy traveling and keep writing and posting photos!

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