How cool is it to be nominated by another blogger for the Liebster Award? And, even cooler that this is the fourth time for the award nomination.
This Liebster Award nomination comes from Krishna Chaitanya so, many thanks Krishna for the nomination! Check out Krishna’s blog – he’s a firm believer that “Art, freedom and technology will change society faster than politics” – would you agree?
The first Liebster Award nomination I received was from bilingual travel bloggers Up Up and Away. The second nomination is from Street Art Rat, which shares news in the street art world. And, the third nomination is from Aixa of Mucho Spanish. Do yourself a favour and pop over to these great blogs.
A little Liebster background
“Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”
The Liebster Award is an online award given by bloggers to bloggers and its inception dates back to 2011. Not only does the Liebster Award promote and support new blogs, but this award also gives bloggers recognition. The award helps bloggers discover existing blogs, especially without spending loads of money on advertising.
The sharing of information is powerful.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions given to you.
- Nominate other bloggers
- Ask your nominees 11 questions
- Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.
Questions from Krishna
1. What is your favorite thing to blog about?
Of course, this is travel.
Image Earth Travel is a travel and photography blog so publish loads of posts about travel to all corners of the world. Check out why I travel so much, especially to unusual destinations and much prefer being on the road long-term.
As I’m also a professional photographer, I include loads of photos in my posts so that readers can get a good feel and hopefully taste what a destination is all about.
2. Why is blogging important in our time?
More than ever, it’s important to keep in contact with the world and not isolate ourselves. Connecting with people around the world helps us to understand (hopefully) more about humanity.
Blogging also helps many people find information, especially for free that perhaps once would have been paid information.
3. Do you ever think that you could have started this blogging journey much before when you actually did?
Yes. In a way, I did but through the paper medium as I’ve always kept travel journals.
The difference is that I never shared the journals, tips, or experience. Because let’s face it, who would want to read hand-written chicken scrawl in a small book?
I’m slowly getting around to digitising about 20 years’ of travelling – a massive job. And, also scanned over 4,000 negatives and slides, which match the journals. You can read about what it’s like to build a sailboat from plans – photos and all in this first chapter Sailing Journey: Building a Boat Part 1.
4. What’s your favorite book and why?
I don’t have a “favourite” book. Instead, I have many favourites.
Why do you have to have a favourite anything?
A couple of George Orwell books still resonate with me and even though I read these decades ago, these apply to our world today – Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. And, leave you with one of Orwell’s pertinent lines that you may already know…
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. – George Orwell
5. What is your favorite cuisine?
My favourite is Thai food and love throwing loads of different ingredients together to create something a little different.
This is my take on a spicy prawn Laksa as all of the ingredients aren’t available in southern Italy, so need to adapt and invent according to available ingredients.
Although, after travelling and living in Italy for a few years, I’ve reconnected with my Italian gastronomic heritage and passionate about learning new southern Italian dishes.
Already sharing photos of local Calabrese dishes (southern Italian) in my Food Award Nomination, I’m throwing in a familiar recipe albeit not traditionally Italian.
This meatball dish in a rich tomato sauce with a dash of chilli isn’t traditional, but it’s the first time I’ve made this since high school. My mother made this a lot as it’s a favourite in our family.
The end result over fresh Tagliatelle and topped with shaved Parmesan cheese…simply delicious!
I find that it’s the simple dishes using fresh seasonal ingredients make the best cuisine.
6. What is the one characteristic you find in all your close ones?
Not sure why, but I seem to attract people with a great sense of humour and often, it’s quite dark. Let’s face it, where would the world be without humour and satire, which spawn laughter?
We can’t always be serious!
7. Why is self-realization important for you?
Tough question Krishna.
Because if you think you can do something, then you will, or at the very least, try and probably succeed anyway.
If you don’t believe in yourself, you will never try anything outside of your comfort zone – may as well sit on a couch all your life and do nothing.
8. What are you thankful for?
The amazing friends I’ve made around the world.
Regardless of the circumstance, travel has a habit of throwing new people across your path. It doesn’t take long before a connection is made and you become good friends. Many months dissolve into years although on meeting again, you’re thrown back into a time capsule.
9. What is the source of your blog inspiration?
Also, to help other travellers and people that may be thinking of travelling but apprehensive about starting.
With loads of tips and hopefully a little inspiration to make their experience easier, I’m hoping that my blog sheds light whilst
10. What is your life motto?
A couple comes to mind…
“Your mind is your only barrier.” – Nilla Palmer
“The noiseless foot of time steals swiftly by
And ere we dream of manhood, age is nigh.” – Decimus Junius Juvenalis
In other words, don’t waste life by contemplating your navel. Just go out there and do it! If you have a dream then make it real. We only get one shot at life.
11. If you had a chance to do something over what would it be?
I would love to go on another adrenaline-packed exhilarating Jet Fighter Ride…
Not in any order…
- Plying Through Life – David shares his travel stories and great photography with zest.
- A Quest for the Uncliche – Great travel stories with a twist from Abir.
- Marron is Going – From the Philippines, Marron is on a quest and loves travel, inspirations, and food.
- Giovanni Augello – Hailing from Italy, Giovanni travels extensively and writes cool travel stories.
- Sherry’s Pickings – Check out Sherry’s blog spot for great delicious recipes.
- Martial Path – Mohamad is crazy about martial arts and his hero is Bruce Lee, although he also writes short stories.
- The Eternal Traveller – Carol hails from Australia and travels a lot through the outback in our gorgeous country, apart from enjoying quilting, growing roses, and teaching.
- The Library Lady Travels – Geanie’s passion and motto are “have money, will travel” – it’s that simple.
- TicketAway – Ruta’s lovely travel blog contains helpful information on global destinations.
- JaniceO – Janice loves to “merge fact and fiction to create new realities” and is a talented artist with a love for horses.
- Mommy Cook For Me – Scrumptious easy recipes from a mum that’s been cooking for her family for 25 years.
Questions for my nominees should you wish to accept
- Has COVID-19’s lockdown forced you to write more?
- Have you been cooking more during this lockdown?
- Have you taken up any art recently?
- The most unusual destination you’ve visited?
- Do you follow a blogging schedule or write/publish when you feel like it?
- For how long have you been blogging?
- What made you decide to go self-hosted or a wordpress.com blog?
- How often do you publish a post and why?
- What annoys you the most when you land on a blog’s Home/Landing page?
- How do you think the effects of COVID-19 will change society?
- What is your next destination and why?
Thanks again to Krishna from Krishna Chaitanya for supporting my work and especially for the nomination. I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.