I was recently nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award by fellow blogger Paulie from Paulie Loves Food (read Paulie’s nomination post here). Thank you Paulie for this wonderful award and here are my responses to your questions:
1. What do you like most about blogging?
Blogging makes me incredibly happy and is such a big part of my life that I think I’ll always blog! I think my favourite thing about blogging is seeing people’s reactions to what I write. When people tell me that they loved my article or that it helped them deal with French bureaucracy or that it simply made them laugh, it makes my day.
2. One song you’ll never stop listing to?
I will never stop listening to an old Motown classic, Baby now that I found you by The Foundations. It’s a beautiful song with a special place in my heart!
3. What things are you most grateful for in your life?
I’m most grateful for my family, and friends, my other half, books, Paris and my writing!
4. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?
My blog was originally called The Princess and the Blog, a play on The Princess and the Frog as I had moved to France and was dating a French man at the time! However, when that relationship ended and I wanted to take my blog to the next level I wanted to change the name. I racked my brains for a long time but finally decided on
“My Life Living Abroad” simply because that’s what my blog was about and it had a nice ring to it! A lot of people asked me why I didn’t include Paris in the title but I wanted to keep my options open, just in case I ever moved somewhere else!
5. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?
By far the strangest thing I have ever eaten is pilot whale. Sissal, a friend of mine from the Faroe Islands, brought back some pilot whale for me to try. It was really strange. It was black and had a rubbery texture like squid but it was really salty! I’m not sure I’d eat it again but it was definitely interesting to try!
6. Worst travel experience ever?
Two years ago my Frenchie and I went to Barcelona in the height of the Summer (August). It was horrible, the service we had in restaurants and bars was terrible and we were treated really badly by the locals. We also had a bad Air BnB experience and although being on the beach was nice, you always worried that your stuff would get stolen. At night on La Rambla people tried to push drugs into your hand and the streets were really unclean and unsafe. I would not recommend it!
7. Where are you from, and what is the most common stereotype or misconception about your home town/region/country?
I’m from a small seaside town called Teignmouth in Devon, England. It’s a beautiful place but very quiet! The most common misconception about my region is that we all sound like farmers and the most common misconception about England is that we eat a full English breakfast every morning. We definitely do not! That’s reserved for very bad hangovers!
8. What is one important lesson you’ve learned in your travels?
I’ve learned so much about who I am and what I want from life. Travelling has also helped me become a better person and a better storyteller!
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
9. Most unique travel destination you’ve visited?
The Greek Island of Milos, a small island in the Cyclades that we visited last summer. It was magnificent and by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited.
10. What are your travel goals for 2017?
I’m going to Venice next month which has been a long-standing travel goal so I’m really excited about that! Aside from that I would also like to visit Seville and Southern Spain, see more of France and go to Australia!
11. How do you like your coffee?
Well, I’m English so I drink a lot more tea than coffee but I do love a good flat white (strong medium sized coffee with a dab of milk)!
Info about the Sunshine Blogger Award
This nomination is from bloggers to bloggers. The award is given to those who inspire and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers.
1. Thank the person that nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog
2. Answer the 11 questions from the person that nominated you
3. Nominate some other bloggers for this award and give them 11 questions to answer
4. Notify the bloggers you have nominated.
5. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo
I nominate the following bloggers for this award:
Melissa Lim from Melissa in Paris
Tanisha Townsend from Girl Meets Glass
Here are my questions for you ladies:
- What is your all time favourite place to walk around in Paris?
- What’s the story behind your blog’s name?
- Why did you start blogging to begin with?
- If you could only have one final drink in Paris, what would it be?
- What’s your favourite travel destination?
- What do you love about blogging?
- What are your travel goals for 2017?
- What’s your favourite book?
- What’s your favourite French word?
- Which woman or women inspire you?
- Describe Paris in one word.