I would like to thank glitteringwanderlust — even if she is a beaver, Go Ducks! — thank you girl this means a lot! I’m very excited to finally get my first blog moving, and it seems to be heading in an exciting direction.
The award aims to expose new bloggers and help mark their blog in the blogging world. Here are the rules to accept.
- Post the award on your blog.
- Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
- Write 11 random facts about yourself.
- Nominate bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.
- Answer 11 questions about yourself and create 11 for your nominations.
Here are 11 random facts about me!
- When I was little I fell in a fire pit while camping.
- I was adopted, and I met my birth mom, and my three new siblings when I turned 18.
- I grew up despising peanut butter. Today, it competes for my best friend spot.
- My family and I adopted a cat when I was 8, I named her Princess.
- I play on the Oregon Men’s Rugby Club at University of Oregon.
- I don’t understand people that don’t try things because they think they won’t like it. Don’t be boring! Live a little.
- I was a very large kid, I weighed in at 255lbs in 8th grade.
- I cry every time Mufasa dies in Lion King.
- I’m a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
- I haven’t skinny dipped…yet.
- My mom has called me cootsie bug since before I can remember.
Okay, now to answer Glitteringwanderlusts’ questions:
- What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
This is a great question, considering the fact that I’m from the Pacific Northwest so I need to make this decision often. Well, there are different activities for different types of rainy days – yes, there are variations of rainy days, I’m an expert. For example, on a nice humid rainy day in the Spring or Summer I love being outside. Sometimes these are the best days to be active; hiking, running, mountain biking or even playing catch with some friends. On cool rainy days, in the Winter for example, I have no problem making a hot drink and watching a good movie with my lovely girlfriend Taryn, reading a good book, or delving into a video gaming adventure for hours on end with some friends.
- Do you prefer to travel to warm or cold locations?
This question also depends on context! But I will give a more concise answer this time. In general, I prefer to travel to warm locations. I live life like it’s slipping through my fingers, I like to move and experience new things constantly, plus I’m very active. That being said, sunny, warm locations usually permit more activities than do colder areas.
- What is the top item on your bucket list?
Honestly, I don’t have a bucket list yet, so I haven’t thought about it much, you’re putting me on the spot Sara! Well I would have to say it would be to go on no less than a week long excursion backpacking through the Rocky Mountains.
- What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten? Where did you eat it?
Okay, so before I answer this let me give you a bit of a background story. When I was in 8th grade, I was nominated by the science department of my school for a chance to apply for a part on the Nickelodeon special “Nick News Adventure with Linda Ellerbee”. I wrote an essay, they liked what they read and offered me a phone interview which they also seemed to enjoy. So me and 5 other kids from America were taken on a ten day adventure in Chang Mai Thailand. We lived on an elephant sanctuary and trained our own individual elephants for the entire time. The episode was called: If I Could Talk to the Elephants – here’s a slideshow from the trip, I’m the chubby kid with glasses who wears too many awkward polo shirts.
So, near the end of the trip, we rode our elephants far away from our sanctuary village into the jungle. The mahouts or Thai elephant trainers, took us up the mountains to collect bamboo stalks to make plates, cups, and bamboo-ware AKA forks for our dinner. They also brought back a big pile of what looked to me like white rice or some other starchy grain. It was piled up in a basket covered in newspapers. I was asked to try some, and as I got closer to this “mystery grain” I realized it wasn’t rice, and it definitely wasn’t any other type of grain either. I was told it’s a special protein packed snack that is only harvested in that part of the year that give the mahouts lots of energy during their travels. Turns out, it was ant larva…. Naturally, I tried some. I will only say this about the experience, the larvae popped in my mouth like those little liquid filled balls you can get in your bubble tea, the taste is a bit earthy with hints of zesty pepper, and the texture is wet and grainy. Not the tastiest food in the world, but definitely edible if you’re out of protein bars.
- Do you like solo or group travel better?
Solo. But I do enjoy traveling with my girlfriend as well.
- Would you ever go skydiving?
I’ve been trying to do this for years, but every time I plan it, my friends bail last second. So anyone down to go soon?
- What is your dream job?
Truthfully, I ENVY Anthony Bourdain. He has the greatest career on the planet. He travels, meets awesome people, eats fantastic foods and drinks only the best alcohol, all while explaining his experiences in a journalistic style without any boundaries. He’s real, I like Anthony.
- Who, if anyone, inspires you to travel?
100% Linda Ellerbee. She’s an amazing woman, a historic journalist and one of my idols. She is the host of Nick News Adventure and she was the person who got me interested in studying journalism and definitely gave me the travel fever I carry with me to this day. Thanks Linda, you’re the woman!
- Who do you admire the most?
My mother. As cliché as that may seem, it’s true. My mother is the most caring, optimistic woman I’ve ever met. She never judges anyone and takes even the worst circumstances and turns them into learning experiences. She taught me the importance of finding the silver linging in everything. She is my silver lining.
10. What is your favorite book or movie? Wow, loaded question much?!
Ok, well I will have to say that my favorite book would definitely be the “Alchemist” by Paolo Coelho. It’s a story of a young shepherd boy that is told by a mysterious king that unlimited riches await him at the Egyptian pyramids. And the only way he will be able to reach them is if he learns to speak the language of the universe. For me, I associate the message from a Christian point of view. However, it can be interpreted in various ways. Every time I read it, I gain new wisdom from its words. In my eyes it’s a must read for all ages.
11. Do you write your blog with or without music?
Great question! As I write this post, Eric Hutchinson’s “Ok, It’s Alright With Me” is playing on my Jack Johnson Pandora radio station. So, yes.
I would like to nominate these fantastic bloggers below!
- Alyssa Cooper http://cooper1ak.blogspot.it/2014/10/san-gimignano.html
- Living Outside of the Box https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/53773173/
- My Travels and That http://longswanderlust.wordpress.com/
Here are my questions for ya’ll:
- Why did you choose to study abroad?
- What’s your homesickness remedy?
- If you had to live in one country for the rest of your life, where would it be? Why?
- If money didn’t matter, and judgment was non-existent, what would you do with your life?
- “Why male models?” — Zoolander: AKA what’s your favorite movie?
- Explain in delicious detail the best food you’ve eaten while abroad.
- Crunchy or creamy peanut butter? What do you think this says about you?
- If NASA created a public space travel vessel and offered you a spot, but the catch is that there’s no guarantee the ship will make it back to earth, would you do it?
- What’s your favorite past time while abroad?
- What’s the one gift you want to buy to splurge on yourself before going home?
- What aspect of studying abroad has affected you most? How?