28 November 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

Nominated by the lovely, lovely Anna at Travel with Penelope and Parker (aka she of the sailing and luxury soap addiction) I dutifully accept the mantle of Sisterhood of the World Bloggers, before passing the torch onto a new set of blogging addicts...

Where is your all-time favourite destination?
I can’t pick one, I just can’t. It’s like being asked to pick your favourite flavour, I mean varietal of wine *gets posh vocab back on*. There are so many moments that I’ve loved that I’m not sure about picking just one. Is that a cop out? Probably yes. Ok, so maybe Japan, it blew our tiny Western mindsets. Everything was simply so different - sunset glinting from the summit of Mt Fuji, sushi in Tokyo, New Year in Kyoto, modern vs. tradition in Nara, and hauntingly sad Hiroshima. All beautiful and fascinating.


Which post are you most proud of?
It’s a tie between flying across Wembley Stadium Pitch on a zipwire because I was terrified – so scared I couldn’t speak and had to be pushed off; and driving in America – aside from asking my friend to ease the parked car out from between two cherry red mustangs, I somehow managed to cope as an inexperienced driver with left-hand roads, turning right on a red light and a session of monsoon rain. The one I tell people about the most is herding sheep across London Bridge or attending a Buckingham Palace Garden Party. (See what I mean about being indecisive?)

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party, alive or dead?
I find this really hard because there are so many people I would like to have; Amy Lee from Evanescence for punk style, Dan Carter as he is gorgeous, Alan Carr with his trademark disgustingly lurid drink cabinet, Ottolenghi for travel stories, Sue Perkins for her historical innuendos, Samuel Johnson – any man who had such a wonderfully varied life gets my vote, Heston Blumenthal and the SinterThanksgiving crew always.

 

Do you have a favourite travel app?
It has to be GoogleMaps – especially with the new offline function. It has guided us around New Zealand, Portugal, America - name it, and we've used the GoogleMaps App on our phone. Pinterest is a very close second though, in regards to travel planning it is fabulous (though causes travel envy, be warned...)

What are your favourite and least favourite things about blogging?
Most favourite? The inspiration we conjure, the real-world tips we share (seriously travelling is a whole new world)
Least favourite? A touch of inherent competitiveness – in the real world I’m not a fan (I’m fairly sure I might have been a hippy in the 1960s) and that continues into cyber reality. It’s just not something I want to spend my energy on,


Is there anything you like to do any time you visit somewhere new?
We love to book in a foodie walking tour – it helps to give us a sense of the area and local restaurant recommendations that can't be beaten.

Where is somewhere you’ve been or something you did that you didn’t expect much of, but ended up loving?
Los Angeles. We assumed the worst of this star-studded city, and yes whilst it’s rather grimy and a touch coarse, there are so many fun things that you can do that it doesn’t matter. We drank pink champagne on ice (overlooking the Hollywood sign) in one of the Hotel California locations, we skipped along the set of the Big Bang Theory and Gilmour Girls in the Warner Brothers Studios, we watched the sun set over Santa Monica Boulevard and tried to befriend Lemmy from Motorhead in his favourite bar, The Rainbow. Loved it.

 Santa Monica beach

What’s your pet peeve?
A lack of capital letters in blog posts *twitch*, and worst of all, not using any punctuation. I’m no grammar angel by any means, but there is something soothing in amongst a well ordered collection of upper and lowercase characters. It just makes reading much easier, and you can concentrate on the flow of thoughts rather than trying to make sense of a weirdly smooth chunk of text.

What’s your most treasured possession?
The two silver bracelets that I only take off to pass through airport security – one was a 21st birthday present from my Dad featuring silver ferns, and the other was a present from my husband, a twisted pattern remiscent of greek columns. You could almost say I wear my heart under my sleeve. *Cue the indulgent awwwwws*

 Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

I'm staying with tradition and I’ll keep the questions the same as Anna's;

Where is your all-time favourite destination?
Which post are you most proud of?
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party, alive or dead?
Do you have a favourite travel app?
What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about blogging?
Is there anything you like to do any time you visit somewhere new?
Where is somewhere you’ve been or something you did that you didn’t expect much of, but ended up loving?
What’s your pet peeve?
What’s your most treasured possession?

Aaaaaand nominate the following lovelies;

Kasha; the globetrotting South African...
Jess; beautiful photos, lovely words and a natty sense of expat humour...
Sam; the Australian former-cabin crew member exploring London...
Becky; the newly emigrated native Californian living in Dublin, Ireland...

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