Liebster Award Nomination No. 4

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?

Liebster Award Nomination


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.

Award Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  3. Nominate other bloggers
  4. Ask your nominees 11 questions
  5. 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.

dong hoi, vietnam, backpacking
Dong Hoi Vietnam (Photo credit: Neil Lintern)

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.

Curaçao, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, southern Caribbean

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.

building a boat, Hawkesbury, Australia, Oceania

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.

Thai prawn Laksa, food

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.

Meatballs, sauce, Italian, food

The end result over fresh Tagliatelle and topped with shaved Parmesan cheese…simply delicious!

Spaghetti and Meatballs, sauce, Italian, food

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.

Salkantay, Machu Picchu, Peru, South America
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (Photo credit: Juan our guide)

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.

Inca Ruins, Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Inca Ruins – Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

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

Top Gun25 Mission, Hunter Valley NSW, Australia

My nominees

Not in any order…

  1. Plying Through Life – David shares his travel stories and great photography with zest.
  2. A Quest for the Uncliche – Great travel stories with a twist from Abir.
  3. Marron is Going – From the Philippines, Marron is on a quest and loves travel, inspirations, and food.
  4. Giovanni Augello – Hailing from Italy, Giovanni travels extensively and writes cool travel stories.
  5. Sherry’s Pickings – Check out Sherry’s blog spot for great delicious recipes.
  6. Martial Path – Mohamad is crazy about martial arts and his hero is Bruce Lee, although he also writes short stories.
  7. 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.
  8. The Library Lady Travels – Geanie’s passion and motto are “have money, will travel” – it’s that simple.
  9. TicketAway – Ruta’s lovely travel blog contains helpful information on global destinations.
  10. JaniceO – Janice loves to “merge fact and fiction to create new realities” and is a talented artist with a love for horses.
  11. 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

  1. Has COVID-19’s lockdown forced you to write more?
  2. Have you been cooking more during this lockdown?
  3. Have you taken up any art recently?
  4. The most unusual destination you’ve visited?
  5. Do you follow a blogging schedule or write/publish when you feel like it?
  6. For how long have you been blogging?
  7. What made you decide to go self-hosted or a blog?
  8. How often do you publish a post and why?
  9. What annoys you the most when you land on a blog’s Home/Landing page?
  10. How do you think the effects of COVID-19 will change society?
  11. 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.


If travel and photography are your passions, then check out more photos at Nilla’s Photography and many more amazing destinations at Image Earth Travel with loads of free travel tips.


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  1. Thanks for the nomination. I have to agree with your eighth answer. We have made so many friends around the world through my blog and we’ve been fortunate to meet several and even holiday with a couple. Blogging has opened up so many amazing opportunities.

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    1. No problem and sounds wonderful Carol! I’m yet to meet blogging friends but that won’t be anytime soon with lockdown.
      Hope you and your family are all well during these bizarre times.


  2. Hi Nilla. Thanks for another nomination. (I forgot which the other one was, it wasn’t the Liebster.) I remember the first Liebster nomination I got when I was new – I was thrilled. It’s still nice, but I’m not really doing award posts anymore.

    But, since you were nice enough to nominate, I reckon I can answer a few questions:

    Has COVID-19’s lockdown forced you to write more? Nope.

    Have you been cooking more during this lockdown?
    Maybe a little. Fewer restaurant trips, you know. It does seem like more places are starting to offer to go options, even if dine in still isn’t possible.

    Have you taken up any art recently?
    Nothing really new. I’m taking macro photography to even more macro levels, that’s about it.

    The most unusual destination you’ve visited?
    Hmm. Maybe the Catacombs in Rome? A maze of creepiness.

    Do you follow a blogging schedule or write/publish when you feel like it?
    Schedule, mostly. That enforces discipline, otherwise it would be too easy to blow off.

    For how long have you been blogging?
    Five years, in July.

    What made you decide to go self-hosted or a blog?
    Wordpress was the easy start up option, and apart from readers being annoyed by whatever ads wordpress is pitching I haven’t had a real need to upgrade.

    How often do you publish a post and why?
    At the moment, every two weeks. It’s been once a week when I’ve been traveling and have a lot of content.

    What annoys you the most when you land on a blog’s Home/Landing page?
    Pop ups.

    How do you think the effects of COVID-19 will change society?
    Telecommuting will become more normal and accepted. It will take a few years for the economy to fully recover. More people will be germaphobes.

    What is your next destination and why?
    Probably another try at Mexico, since that’s the trip that was cancelled.

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    1. Hey Dave, totally understand and appreciate you taking the time to respond.
      Your macro photography is fabulous so not sure what “more macro levels” entails for you?
      Visited Rome’s Catacombs back in 1985 and yes you’re right, it’s a creepy experience.
      I have to agree, pop-ups is the one thing that annoys me also on a landing/Home page, especially the sign-up pop-up.
      Hope you get to Mexico, I haven’t been yet…
      Thanks again for your answers!

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    2. “More macro” essentially means getting even closer. For example, a recent set of shots were of a flower that had delicate little “bells”, each about the size of a pea. With the setup I was using, I could get about two of them in the frame. (105mm macro, full set of extension tubes, 1.5 crop factor. Now I wonder what would happen if I put the 1.4 teleconverter on top of that…)

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  3. Congratulations Nilla..!! ❤ 😊😊
    Your blog is marvellous and you definitely deserve more such awards..!! Infact being nominated by you is an honour for me.. 😊😊 Thank you so much for it..!!

    Let's answer your questions one by one:

    1. Has COVID-19’s lockdown forced you to write more?
    It has not forced me to write more. I like writing and have been writing articles since long. However I must say that the current quarantine situation did free up some time to help me write more.

    2. Have you been cooking more during this lockdown?
    Fortunately or unfortunately, yes. I have to survive and not spend money on ordering food online, and hence have to cook. I don't consider myself a chef though.. 😉

    3. Have you taken up any art recently?
    Not really. I liked painting when I was a kid, but it has been long since I left it. Maybe I shall try it out post the lockdown.

    4. The most unusual destination you’ve visited?
    Teriberka (Russia)
    I loved it, and it is very close to my heart since I spent my 30th Birthday there (You know it, Nilla.. 😉 )
    Coming to the reasons for the interest of people who like to explore the unexplored, Teriberka offers a complete all-in one package for a memorable Arctic Experience:
    – Polar Nights (I went there in December)
    – Arctic Tundra (Whatever you read in your geography books will come to life in front of you)
    – An Empire of Ice and Snow (I am a Chionophile)
    – Aurora Borealis (I celebrated my Birthday beneath those celestial curtains. Check the forecasts before you go, though take those with a pinch of salt as forecasts are mostly probabilistic, not definitive)
    – Fjords (What Arctic sojourn is complete without the majestic Fjords and Mountains of Ice descending into the Ocean?)
    – Frozen Beach

    5. Do you follow a blogging schedule or write/publish when you feel like it?
    Lately I have started a weekly series "Un-Mundane Mondays" to try and beat the Monday "blues". Apart from that, there is no fixed schedule.

    6. For how long have you been blogging?
    For about 3 years. Been on WordPress for slightly more than a year now.

    7. What made you decide to go self-hosted or a blog?
    Well, I wanted to write blogs, especially about Traveling, which perhaps is in my DNA. Some of my batchmates from MBA suggested WordPress. I liked their style and flexibility, so, here I am.. 😉

    8. How often do you publish a post and why?
    How often? That's a tricky one Nilla.
    As I said earlier, there is no fixed schedule. Sometimes I do 4-5 posts a Month. Sometimes just 1. It depends on the availability of ideas and supporting material (my pictures, if I am able to fish them out from somewhere). Pictures are an essential component of travel blogs. Currently I am fishing out pictures to chronicle some unusual trips I undertook almost 20 years back.. 😉

    9. What annoys you the most when you land on a blog’s Home/Landing page?
    Well, I usually don't go by the presentation of the content, so there is nothing much to get annoyed at in case of a blog's landing page. However, I don't like it if I encounter difficulty in reading posts / segregation / commenting / liking something, for instance:
    – Continuous scroll of content bodies of individual posts, one after the other
    – Making special efforts to find out different categories, which interest me

    10. How do you think the effects of COVID-19 will change society?
    For the short term, we will see emphasis on personal hygiene and social distancing being enforced strictly wherever we go.
    In the long run, say in 2-3 years horizon, things will again revert back to the pre-COVID era, as if COVID never existed.

    11. What is your next destination and why?
    Russia (again) in December 2020.. 😉
    It's my birthday and the Summer of 2020 is gone as far as traveling is concerned.
    Winters are still alive, and what a better way to celebrate the Winters and My Birthday in the Magical Dreamland of Russia? 😉

    Thank you so much once again Nilla for your award.. 😊😊

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    1. Wow Abir! Really appreciate your response to the Award and sharing your thoughts!
      Sorry to hear you suffer from the Monday Blues but at least you’re dealing with this through writing posts – always help.
      I’ve read your fabulous blogs on Russia and hope that one day I can also visit – I’ll know who to contact for tips and advice on Russia. 😉
      I hope that you do get to spend your birthday in Russia in December as that would be fantastic and sounds as though the country has captured your heart.
      Interesting points on COVID-19 and I to believe that this virus will change society for the good but also introduce no-so-great qualities in people – greed and self-importance to the detriment of others being a couple…

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    2. You are most welcome Nilla and I am so glad that you liked my answers.. 😊😊
      I don’t usually deal with Monday “blues”. It’s just a colloquial term which many use, which in turn gives me an “excuse” enough to write a bit about it. Sometimes I feel it though, I admit. It also tries to engage people a bit away from those “blues”, by making use of their curiosity. Or they might as well appreciate such beautiful random pictures. Who knows? 😉
      You are more than welcome to ask me anything about Russia.. 😊😊 Would be glad to help you with whatever I know so far. But I am pretty sure you will be able to do actual justice to Russia and bring forth it’s side which people might never have imagined (in a positive way of course) .. 😊😊
      Thank you so much for your good wishes Nilla.. 😊😊
      As I said earlier, it means a lot to interact more with you..!! 😊😊

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    3. Thank you so much once again Nilla for your kind words.. 😊😊
      I will now learn from you how “not to sell myself short”.. 😉
      Well, as I said earlier, I like writing and describing the travel destinations and bringing out the peculiarity in them is perhaps my way of appreciating them.. 😊

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  4. “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.” – I will take that advice.

    Thank you, Nilla! Your blog is really inspiring. Thanks again for the nomination. I really appreciate it!

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  5. Congrats Nilla
    Nice answers
    Thank you very much for your wonderful nomination
    I’ll get to it once I get a free schedule

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