No-Backpacker was, reasently, nominated to the Liebster Award. I was nominated by the lovely Antonette from the blog We12travel. Thank you Antonette, it’s an honour to be nominated by you!
I have tried to figure what this Liebster Award is about as it looks like there are several versions. The essense is that the award is similar to the good, old chain-letters and the point is to get to know relatively new and small bloggers. You will be nominated by another blogger and you pass the nomination further to one, or as many as you feel for. When you accept the nomination, you have to thank the blogger who nominated you, answer a set of questions (10 or 11), make new questions and pass the questions to the one, or those, you give the nomination to.
Here are my questions and answeres:
1. What is your earliest travel memory?
I am not sure if it counts, as the ”journey” was only an hour away, but it is still my earliest travel memory: Every winterholiday I spent at my grandparents cottage in the mountains with my mother, father and two brothers. The weather was not alwyas the best (remember I’m from Bergen, the most rainy place on the earth), but we managed to have fun and “kose oss” (read the description of “kose oss” in my friend Satus blog, To Destination Unknown.) Although it was raining and snowing, we went out skiing, both country-road skiing and slalom. At that time we didn’t have piped water, but we survived perfectly well and I have very fond memories from those winterholidays.
2. Who would you never travel with again?
To be honest, there are nobody I wouldn’t travel with, as long as I get my own room. I am quite social, but really need som personal space too, that’s why I only share room with my husband.
3. What’s the most luxurious place you have ever stayed at?
The reason why I have used so long time to answer my question is because of this. One should believe a person who love luxury would know the answere straight away, but I didn’t. However I think one of the most luxurious hotels I have stayed at must have been The Capital Hotel in London.
The hotel is small (member og Small Luxury Hotels of the world) and has the old charm. Everything felt luxurious: The toiletries offered was Molton Brown AND Korres. I got macarons from Ladure and fruit as a welcome-gift and the atmosphere was personal and caring. I remember when I left in the morning and the door-man asked me: ” When will I see you again?” First I thought it was quite strange to ask, but when I answered he said: “It’s good to know so I can look after you!”
PS. I got an upgrade to a big suite…. Still I think I would have voted this to be one of my most luxurious stays because of the personal service given.
4. And what is the least luxurious place you have ever stayed at?
That was easy! Our old car, when we were young and went on our first vacation on our own. The plan was to go to Sweden (from Norway) driving my father in laws old car and sleep in a tent. So called camping… (Oh yes, I can hear people laughing now, me in a tent?)
Sounded nice when we planned and the sun was shining and actually, the sun was shining when we drove from Norway to Sweden. I remember we didn’t have aircondition in the car. The heat was close to unbearable and I sat with my feet waving out of the window to try to cool myself down! (I said we were young, didn’t ?) )
The sun was shining until the tent was put up. Then it started raining. Not a little bit, but it was pooring down, thundering and lighting. The first hour it was really romantic to sit in the cozy tent, listening to the rain and warming eachother. The hour after the first hour and the rest of the night was not at all cozy as the tent started to leak…
We were not only young, we were also quite poor. After the wet night in the tent, we very quickly decided we didn’t want to pay the fee for having the tent at the camp. We parked the car outside, slept in the car and woke up early in the morning to shower at the camp. I forgot to tell that the car was not in the very best condition: Only one door could be open!) You get the picture don’t you?
Every morning, after the shower, I was relieved we had not been caught, how embarrasing would that had been! I can’t remember how many nights we did this car-camping, but I think it was 4-5. I can assure you, it was NOT luxurious!
5. What would you like others to memorize about your blog?
That we are all different and have different perspective on the idea of traveling. For many people, my way of traveling would be unbearable boring. I wished I could see and experience more, but because my body not always agree with me, I either have to accept that I can’t see everything or just quit traveling. I have decided to do the first: Travel and conquere the worl in my own way. It’s not the numbers of experiences and tourist-sights that counts, but if you have enjoyed what you did!
6. How did you start blogging?
I have always enjoyed writing and I have had more than one travel-blog. My first serious one was written when I went to Seoul 38 years after I was adopted from Korea to Norway. That blog was mainly for family and friends because they wanted to follow me on the trip. The purpose of the trip was visiting the orphanage I lived in before I arrived to Norway. Quite exciting! (I have copied it to this blog, but it’s in Norwegian. Instead of translating it, I will write a resume of the trip later.) However it was only reasently (in December) I started “No-Backpacker”. The older posts are from other blogs I have had.
7. How do you think of ideas what to write about?
Usually when I am traveling.
8. If you could travel to 3 countries for free, which ones would you pick?
Korea: I want to see more of the country, not only Seoul. I would also like to go to North-Korea and I know there are organized trips from both Seoul and from Beijing.
Japan: Although I have been there there several times, I still want to go back! I love the country, the poeple, the food (although it might be different now after I developed my food-allergies…), the culture..
America – to go to New York. I admit it, I am a city-girl! I love shopping, cafes, high heels and the “hustle and bustle” in a big city. I have never been to New-York, but I know, deep in my heart, that it will be one of my new favorites, if I only get there!
9. Have you ever forgotten something really important when you left home and how did you solve it?
Once, when I was a teeneager and still lived at home. My mother and me had booked a trip to Mallorca and we were longing for sun as it was already autumn, cold and rainy at home.
We, at least I, had packed and prepared for many days to be sure I didn’t forget anything. When the day of departure finally arrived I was excited and just a tiny little bit stressfull, as I was afraid I had forgotten anything (you know the usually “what have we forgotten? – of course nothing.)
At the airport, before check-in, somebody asked us if we had remembered the passports. “Sure,” I said and looked at my mother, whome suddenly began looking in her bag, more and more anxious… “We don’t have the passports,” was her reply after several minutes. This was before the mobile-phone and my brother, who had driven us to the airport, had left.
Needless to say we were both starting to sweat. And then, suddenly, from the middle of nowhere I saw our dog (he was always in the front, sometimes I am not sure who was walking who, the dog or the owners, but that’s another story)! At first I thought it was another dog, but when I saw brother in the other end of the rope it was clear, he was back! Luckily it was not only the passports we had forgotten that day, but my mother still had the car-key in her bag! My brother drove back home, the fastest he could. (And yes, he still remembers that hazardous driving.) We got our passports when the boarding started and had a wonderful holiday. None of us have never forgotten our passports again!
10. What is your favorite place in the entire world?
Tokyo! In Tokyo you get everyhting in a melting-pot. New, old, Japanese food and food from every corner of the world, you have the new technology and the old tradition, the busy city and the calm in the Japanese gardens, the tall hight-tech buildings side by side witht he temples etc.. etc.. And of course, for a clean-freak like me, Tokyo (and Japan) is one of the best places to go. There are places and even countries I would never dare to eat sushi, but in Japan I had no problem with buing it even on the street. I just knew, because of the Japanese culture and tradition, that it would be fresh and clean.
OK, I am finished with my answeres, now I have to make up new questions and find somebody to nominate. Do you want to be nominated, why should I nominate you? Or do you know anybody who deserve to be nominated? Please tell me either in the comments, at Facebook or Twitter (Remember that it has to be a relatively new and/or “small” blog.)