Whats the fuss about receiving the Liebster Award 2017? First of all, I’d have to thank Janise Thomas of Gastrotravelogue for nominating me.
What is the Liebster Award 2017?
The Liebster Award is an online award given by bloggers to bloggers and has been around since 2011. This is a recognition of their contribution to the blogging community. It is simply passed on and its goal is to promote and support fellow bloggers. Not only is this a great way to give fellow bloggers some recognition, but it is motivational as well.
In German, Liebster means sweetest, kindest, nicest, and so on. You get the point. It is a great initiative for supporting and showcasing new blogs.
My answers to Janine’s questions
1. What’s on your bucket list?
I want to visit every country during my lifetime and I just wrote an article about the 23 places I want to see before I die, but if I have to name five of those, it would be the Antarctica, Hang Son Doong Cave, the Amazon Jungle, Patagonia, and the Galapagos Island.
2. What country would you never go back to and why?
I’ve had some really bad experiences during my travels, but the overall experience from every country I visited was positive. That’s why I couldn’t say that there’s a country I wouldn’t go back to.
3. What is the funniest thing that happened to you on your travels?
I just landed in Vietnam and I had all of my luggage with me. My first interaction with a local was the one with the taxi driver. Little did I know that the Grab (local Uber-like app) taxi that I booked will turn out to be a motorbike. But the two big bags weren’t a problem for the taxi driver. His answer to my ‘how the hell am I gonna get on this bike with these bags’ face was: “Come on, what are you waiting for”? By the way, he didn’t speak English.
4. What is the story behind the name of your blog?
I always liked the quote ‘the best stories are hiding between the passport pages’. So I decided to slightly change that and turn it into the Passport Symphony. This symphony is expressed through the melodies of the journeys we’ve passed hiding between passport pages.
5. What is the most memorable meal you have had on your travels?
Tashi was the driver that took us from Ladakh to Nubra Valley in the Kashmir region. Later on, he invited us to stay in his place for the night and Tashi and his wife made dinner for us. Now, Delhi has some amazing momo places, but the momos I had there were the best ones I ever tasted. We also drank their traditional butter tea. I was finishing the first cup when poured me another one. And then another. Then Rishabh told me (laughing) that if I don’t say that don’t want any more tea, they will keep refilling my cup. This was a typical example of the amazing Kashmiri hospitality and certainly a great story to tell.
6. Do you prefer cities or nature?
I’m a real nature lover, but I have to go with the cities on this one. It’s because cities tell much more about how the people of a certain country are like, and I can learn a lot by one country and its people just by observing their everyday life, and the cities are the best place to do that.
7. What book(s) have you read that has inspired you to go and visit the place written about?
I have read many books, but none of them had a major influence on me. I guess that every book I read that was talking about a distant country and people with distant customs contributed to growing my desire for travelling.
8. What is the first thing you do, once you have settled in when you arrive at a new destination?
Definitely trying the local food.
9. What is your favourite travel movie?
Seven years in Tibet (2007)
10. What famous person, living or dead, would you like to go on holiday with and why?
Jules Verne. I’ve always been fascinated with the book ‘20,000 leagues under the sea. I can’t say it’s my favorite, but you need to have some crazy imagination to write that and I always wanted to have a beer with the guy who wrote that.
Wandering Earl – One of my favourite blogs
I like Earl’s storytelling. His topics are not only interesting and well researched, but he also makes every place sounds special. And that’s something I’m trying to do with my posts as well. Every place has something beautiful and you just need to keep your mind open enough to find it. And Earl’s articles show the beauty in every place he writes about in a poetic way.
We all have moments in our lives that become a turning point for us. And that moment was similar for both of us. Earl found out that he doesn’t want to go back to his home and stop exploring the world when he was in Angkor Wat. And the similar happened to me. After visiting this magnificent architectural masterpiece, I was sure I want to make a career out of travelling.
So I guess, having a similar writing style and a similar life philosophy makes Wandering earl my favourite blog.
My questions for the nominees
1. Which place left the strongest impression on you so far?
2. If you’re to settle in one city, which one would it be?
3. What made you want to travel the world?
4. What was the most extreme thing you did during your trips?
5. What’s the happiest memory of your trips?
6. If you had had the power what would be the first thing you’d change in this world?
7. Beach or mountains? Why?
8. Which travel blogger do you want to have a beer with?
9. Why did you start blogging?
10. What’s your favourite travel book/travel movie?
My nominees are:
- Curious Journeylist
- Daily travel pill
- My global attitude
- A traveller’s wishlist
- The foodie tales
- Unconventional and vivid
- The road trip guy
Liebster Award Rules
The rules are simple:
- Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
- Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it.
- Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog and provide links.
- Respond to the questions provided by the blogger who nominated you for the award
- Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award
- List these rules in your post
- Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.
If you are interested in more details regarding the rules and the background to the award you can find it on this site.
I would like to say a big thank you to all of you who read my posts and offer feedback. Your support is greatly appreciated. I hope that I will be able to keep you entertained for many years to come.