Liebster Award!

The Unfinished Travel Project has been nominated for the Liebster Award!  I’m very flattered and want to say thank you to tommyshaw for the nomination!  I’ve been quite slow about writing this, but better late than never, I hope!

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The rules of this award are:

  • Post the award on your site
  • Link it back to the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 7 questions posted by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate other deserving blogs
  • Post 7 questions for the blogs you nominate

To start with, I’m answering these 7 questions:

Why did you first get into blogging?

I love stories.  I love reading other peoples’ stories and being a storyteller myself.  The Unfinished Travel Project is all about storytelling, from tales of ridiculous things I’ve done to people and experiences that have changed me as a person and made me question how I see the world.

I love to write, and I wanted a project that would allow me to write regularly in my spare time.  I also love to travel to new places, and I’ve had friends ask me for tips on places I’ve been and/or stories from my travels.  My blog is a great way for me to organize information about places I’ve been, and most importantly, tell stories through my writing.

If you could live anywhere on the planet, where would it be?

I grew up in sunny beautiful Colorado, and if I could live anywhere, I think I would still go back there.  New Zealand definitely comes in a close second though!

What is the craziest thing you have done while traveling?

I’m not too crazy in general, but the most spontaneous thing I’ve done was going paragliding in Chile.  I saw a sign advertising a paragliding company at a hostel and made a spur of the moment decision that I was going to do it.  It was both terrifying and exhilarating….until we crashed.  Fortunately, we crashed into a sand dune, so it was a pretty soft landing.

View from the air

View from the air

What is the best experience you have had while traveling?

The most fun I’ve had traveling was when a few friends and I made a giant feast in a hostel kitchen.  It was fun to cook together and invite other people staying at the hostel to partake with us!

Hostel feast

Hostel feast

What is your preferred type of travel?

This depends a lot on how much time I have and where I am.  When I’m visiting friends and family, I definitely prefer a relaxed pace, and I’m not typically in a rush to do much sightseeing.  However, sometimes I find myself spending just a day or two in a city, and I’ll go around seeing as much as I can in that limited time.  I avoid extended organized tours most of the time because I like the flexibility of being able to decide how much time I want to spend somewhere, and I also enjoy planning travel myself.  I think I would probably enjoy slow travel, but as a student, I don’t typically have the luxury of time to do that.

What is your favorite facet of travel?

My favorite part of traveling is meeting new people and being exposed to different worldviews that I don’t get in my daily life.  Food is an integral part of that, and I love seeing how people relate to and experience food in different places.

What is the tastiest dish you have had while traveling and where did you have it?

I’ve had so much amazing food while traveling that it’s difficult to pick just one thing.  So I’m going to cheat and pick a couple of things.  Every time I go to India, I eat as much idli sambar and masala dosa as I can shove into my stomach without exploding.  No trip to India is complete without idlis and dosas.

Idli, masala dosa, and vada

Idli, masala dosa, and vada

More recently, I loved the vegan gyoza and ramen at Chabuton in Tokyo.

Delicious vegan ramen at Chabuton

Delicious vegan ramen at Chabuton

Here are 7 questions for the blogs I’m nominating:

1. Where did you go on your first solo trip and why?

2. What is the best street food you’ve eaten and where did you eat it?

3. What is the strangest thing that’s happened to you while traveling?

4. What is the most interesting form of transportation you’ve used?

5. What is your dream vacation?

6. What were your most and least favorite travel destinations?

7. What is something you never travel without?

 

Blogs I’m nominating:

http://suchetabiswas.wordpress.com/

http://flyinggoannas.wordpress.com/

If anyone has any suggestions for other deserving blogs, let me know, and I’ll check them out!

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9 responses to “Liebster Award!

  1. Hello, Thanks for the nomination and congrats to you as well 😀 Although I am not keen on awards as of now. I will be happy to answer the questions for you here:

    1. Where did you go on your first solo trip and why?

    — It was to Chennai (India) to attend some seminars and write exams.

    2. What is the best street food you’ve eaten and where did you eat it?

    — Pani Puri/Gol Gappa/Phuchka. There are many variants of it that you can find in India. I love the ones they serve in Kolkata. http://kolkatakuisine.blogspot.in/2011/01/phuchka-tangy-delights.html

    3. What is the strangest thing that’s happened to you while traveling?
    — Nothing strange as such. But yes, I made quite a few new friends while travelling. 🙂 Even kids.

    4. What is the most interesting form of transportation you’ve used?

    — A rickety boat on a river while it was raining heavily.

    5. What is your dream vacation?
    — In India, it would be Pondicherry. If outside, it would be Santorini, Greece.

    6. What were your most and least favorite travel destinations?

    — Most favorite travel destination – Dharamshals, Himachal Pradesh and Amritsar, Punjab. Least one – Juhu Beach, Mumbai (way too crowded in evening)

    7. What is something you never travel without?

    — A thick novel.

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