I was excited to find out that I was nominated for the Liebster award. The Liebster award is a recognition and opportunity given by travel bloggers to newbie bloggers like me, so that we can have a chance to talk about ourselves and brag about our blog. 😉
The rules are simple:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back up to his/her blog.
- Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
- Nominate other bloggers for the award.
- Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
- Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
I was so fortunate to have been nominated by 3 fantastic bloggers. They are:
Heather, an amateur musician and avid traveler, who is from the UK and writes the fun: The Conversant Traveler
Calli and Travis-a terrific couple from B.C., Canada whom I met through a blogging challenge in April and they write Have Blog Will Travel.
Adelina who is also from B.C. and who has lived abroad in The Netherlands and Hungary and writes Pack Me To.
Thank You all for the nomination and readers-please click on the links and check out these fabulous blogs. They are informative, amusing and full of spectacular pictures.
I was assigned 3 sets of 10 questions and I merged some of them and tried to pick the ones that would be the funnest and most interesting to answer. So here they are:
1. What is the story behind your blog – why did you start it and why that name?
I started my blog in September of 2013. I have 2 teenage girls and now that they are sufficiently independent, I find myself at the perfect juncture to pursue what I have always wanted to do-write and offer opinions!
I love food and I love travel and the name Foreignfeasts seemed a perfect combination of the two. Everyday foods for everyday people is the theme of my blog.
Foods that fill you up when you’re hungry, foods that make you think of home and family, foods that transport you to your childhood and form the essence of your community and culture-that’s the kind of food that I want to eat and write about.
2. If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
I would choose the power to stop hunger. I know it’s not a traditional superpower but it’s a good superpower. I would intervene when I see people starving and conjure up good and basic food to meet their needs. Kind of like a genie I guess but no junk food and sodas-sorry! Also champagne and caviar on special occasions or just because!
Truthfully though, the power to end or stop hunger is in all of us. I am not trying to be preachy but there are so many things that we can do within our community to help those who are in need. I have volunteered at food banks and community kitchens, stocked pantries, served food and bagged meals. Food banks always need help and the people you meet volunteering are just amazing.
If you don’t have the time, these non profits will always take donations in food or money. So let’s all be superheroes and end hunger. It is possible and it is worthwhile even if you’re just helping one person, one child, one neighbor, one person who needs a little help because they’ve fallen on hard times. Superheroes Against Hunger Unite!
3. What country is currently topping your must-visit list?
I have been obsessed with Central Asia for a while and Mongolia is tops on my list. Why Mongolia? Why not? I want to see the steppes, stay in a yurt, attend a Mongolian wrestling festival, watch horse racing and drink kumis or fermented horse milk, among other things! Mongolia-the birthplace of Ghenghis Khan and his marauding army.
I have been fascinated by the silk road ever since I first read about it in primary school. Central Asia forms a significant portion of the silk road and in my dream journey I would start from Ulan Bator, Mongolia and travel overland to Europe to recreate the silk road of the past. Who wants to join me?
4. Who or what inspires you to travel?
I have always been intrigued by geography and the romance of travel for as long as I can remember. I spent a significant portion of my childhood poring over maps and possible routes to all the exotic places I read about in library books.
I have this larger than life thirst and curiosity. I really just want to see everything, do everything and eat almost everything.
Travel changes you, gives you insight into others and yourself, appreciation for what you have and gratitude for the opportunity to see the world and experience life in all it’s splendid differences and glory. Even mishaps are great learning opportunities and challenges your capacity to be persistent, patient and courageous.
5. What is your best travel memory to date?
There are so many! The experience that left the most significant impression in my mind was the train ride I took from Cuzco to Machu Picchu in Peru. It was so beautiful and the scenery was spectacular. The mountains and villages, the orchids growing by the hillsides and the mist shrouding the train station as you reach the foothills of Machu Picchu.
I think I enjoyed it so much because it felt like I was in one of the National Geographic documentaries that I loved watching when I was little.
6. If you could have dinner with anyone you like (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
There are so many people I would love to have a chat with-Marco Polo, Ferdinand Magellan, Jane Austen, Nelson Mandela or Bono from U2 but ultimately I would choose Muhammad Yunus who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for pioneering the concept of microcredit and microfinance.
I firmly believe we can eradicate extreme poverty and hunger in our lifetime. The World Bank and UNICEF has set a goal for 2015 of reducing by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day and who suffer from hunger.
Yunus’ s concept of microfinace was brilliant because it loaned money to people who traditionally would never have access to loans. A lot of his first clients were rural women who learned to go into business for themselves and ended up lifting their families out of poverty.
These families could now afford to educate their sons and daughters, hence securing a life full of possibilities for generations to come. So Mr Yunus or if anyone reading this knows of the wonderful Mr Yunus, could you please tell him that there is a woman in Las Vegas who would be so honored to have him over for dinner.
7. What is the country with the best food?
There are so many contenders but I would have to pick Hong Kong. I am Asian and am obviously biased towards Asian cuisine and Hong Kong, with it’s colonial past has such a rich history of diverse cuisine that I feel like I could spend years in Hong Kong and never manage to taste all the wonderful types of foods.
Cuisines are also constantly evolving so really I would never be able to eat it all. Well, I don’t really want to eat everything. Asian cuisine is also known for it’s penchant for exotic ingredients like certain reptiles, endangered mammals and their body parts and I have no desire whatsoever to partake in this.
Have you ever been to Hong Kong? It can be loud, pungent, overwhelming and sometimes claustrophobic but there is no other place that can compete with the energy and vibrancy of the culinary scene in Hong Kong.
8. What advice would you give for someone looking to travel?
People always ask us how we manage to travel so much or say that they admire us for traveling so much. But I always say-we are not doing anything so extraordinary. If you want to travel or have dreams to see a specific sight then make it happen. Plan for it, schedule it, save for it and just do it. Be courageous and bold.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
9. List a post you’re most proud of.
Temples and Dreams in Cambodia was my first post about my visit to Cambodia in February. I love the pictures and content and hope you will too.
10. Where are you off to next?
Mark and I are headed to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in 2 weeks. This will be our 5th world cup and we will be cheering on the US Men’s National Team. We are also going to visit Mexico, Surinam, Curacao and Aruba so please subscribe now and don’t miss out on the fun pictures and posts from South America!
My nominees for the Liebster Award are:
1. Roma whos is based in London and writes Roaming Required
2. Chaitanya Shah from Mumbai who writes Traveling Curiously
3. Stefania Bassett from Venice who writes The Italian Backpacker
4. Taran and Hannah from the UK who write No’Mader How Far
My ten questions for all of you are:
1. What is the story behind your blog-why did you start it and why the name?
2. Who or what inspires you to travel?
3. What country is tops on your list of travel?
4. What is your best travel memory to date?
5. If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
6. If you could only eat one food item for the rest of your life, what would it be?
7. What country has the best food?
8. Share a photo or post you’re most proud of.
9. What travel advice would you give fellow travelers?
10. Where are you off to next?
Congratulations everyone and I look forward to reading all about you. Happy Writing!