Sunshine Blogger and Liebster Award

Awhile back, I was nominated for two Blogging Awards: The Sunshine Award by Rebecca of Rebecca Goes Rendezvous, and The Liebster Award by Rosie of La Grenouille Anglaise. Thank you, ladies!

The goal of nominations like these is for bloggers help other bloggers learn about and support one another as well as gain followers.

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Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate5-11 other blogs and give them eleven questions to answer (since I’ve been nominated 1, 2, 3, before and have nominated others, I am just going to answer the questions given to me by these two lovely ladies.)
  • List the rules and display the logo in your post.

Here are Rebecca’s Sunshine questions:

  1. What is your favorite country you’ve been to so far/would like to visit? Why?

I absolutely LOVED Greece when I visited in 2015. It was just SO stunning and beautiful, with perfect weather, vivid colors, and the sea. I loved it so much and dream about going back again and again.

A country I am dying to visit is South Africa. However, when I do visit I want to be sure I do it right– I want to go with a lot of money and spend an adequate amount of time there. Being a teacher I have set vacations which means my July-August vacation falls during their winter, but it is so high on my bucket list.

2. Tell me about a funny experience that has happened to you.

I get recognized every so often now from readers on my blog. It happened on the trolley in Lisbon and at my hotel in Athens, as well as on an airplane back to America! The world is small but it’s humbling, I love meeting people!

3. What do you do to unwind after a long day?

I put on my pajamas (well, leggings, wool socks, slippers, and a sweatshirt), pour myself a glass of wine, lay in my bed, and watch Netflix while simultaneously scroll on my phone. (I know, I know.)

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4. What inspired you to start your blog?

I loved reading France blogs and TAPIF blogs, but one thing I noticed about them is that people rarely kept up with them. They’d start off strong and then taper off around Christmas. Additionally, most of these blogs were just travel diaries (which is TOTALLY cool), but I was looking for more information and also learning about ways people have stayed in France. I decided to create a blog to meet all of those expectations. I also love all of the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made through blogging. It’s a really cool sub-world full of really interesting, like-minded, creative people. Finally, I’ve always had a hard time expressing myself, and I feel like I do that best through writing. It allows me to reach a large audience and to make my voice heard– something I had a hard time doing when I was younger.

5. Tell me the first word that comes into your mind when you see the word “green.”

Christmas. Going green. Environment. Stop Lights.

6. Your favorite drink?

Oh, this is a tough one!

When I’m in America, my guilty pleasure are the $1 large fountain Diet Cokes from McDonald’s. My friends and I were obsessed in college, and I swear, they are better than any other Diet Cokes!

In regard to alcohol, I love champagne, gin and tonics, and red wine.

7. What makes you tick?

So many things! A great discussion about politics or world events, when a lesson plan goes really really well, an awesome, sweaty workout session, a fulfilling weekend with my friends, traveling, a great book.

8. If you were given one wish, what would you wish for?

At this very moment, I’d wish for all the awful things in Syria to stop, and safety for its people.

9. Your biggest talent? (and don’t tell me you don’t have one!)

I’m not sure! I’m good at a lot of things… I’ve been told I’m a decent writer, a resourceful teacher, and very talented at professional networking. I’m a loyal friend/family member, and I am quite athletic (I ran a half marathon and was a gymnast!)

10. Your biggest flaw?

A lack of confidence in myself.

11. What does happiness mean to you?

It means being able to look at yourself every day in the mirror, despite the circumstances, and say, “Yeah. I’m alright. I don’t need to worry about what everyone else is doing, because I’m pretty great. I don’t have everything figured out, but I still got this.”

Here are Rosie’s Questions:

  1. City break or countryside escape?

City Break! I’m definitely more of a city person and enjoy being in the middle of all the action. (Although, a weekend in northern Wisconsin or Provence, France always does me good.)

2. Which country could you never tire of visiting?

As I said above, Greece. It is so beautiful and definitely all it’s cracked up to be.

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3. What’s your favorite dessert? (Because let’s face it, the last course is the best one.)

Oh, I like so many! I suppose I would choose either chocolate ice cream / custard, or chocolate-covered strawberries. You can never go wrong with either!

4. If you were your country’s Prime Minister/ President, what’s the first law you would pass?

In the United States, I would overturn the Hyde amendment and make abortion legal, affordable, and accessible everywhere.

In France, I would legalize egg freezing for women, and serogacy.

5. Which holiday destination do you think is over-hyped?

People are going to hate me for saying this, but I didn’t love Rome. I am so willing to give it another go, though!

I will also say Disney World (and I’ve been there!)  However, I do need to go back as an adult to appreciate it in a different light because so many of my friends LOVE Disney.

Thanks Ladies for the Opportunity!

Bisous,

Dana

10 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger and Liebster Award

  1. Glad to read your answers to the awards! It’s wonderful that Greece has enchanted you as well; I was in both Athens and Santorini ten years ago, and loved the warm weather, beautiful white-washed/blue domed houses, and of course, the amazing dessert wine! I’d love to return someday. Wishing you a wonderful holidays!

  2. Lovely to read your answers – and congratulations for the Sunshine Blogger Award too! I’ve never been to Greece, but it keeps popping up and tempting me – all the white-washed buildings, islands, pristine beaches…

  3. Congrats on the awards, I used to like diet coke now I prefer pepsi max or coke zero I like the idea of a country escape but would get bored I reckon unless they have good internet then maybe not. I love going to New Zealand been three times want to go back again

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