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I’m happy to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by a fellow travel blogger, We12Travel. Thank you so much for thinking about me for this! The award is given by bloggers to other fellow bloggers that have inspired them in one way or another. With this award, we are encouraged to spread the love and get to know the individual behind the keyboard. Those who know how much work but also how much fun it is to be a blogger.
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1. Thank and link to the person(s) who have nominated you.
2. List the rules and display the award
3. Share seven facts about yourself
I’m going to write seven facts about myself that have nothing to do with traveling! I write about our travels all the time, so I’ll take the opportunity to write about completely random facts.
1. I love learning new things every day and I would be a full-time student over a full-time employee any day. After high school, I went to university for three years for an English degree, and then I went to college for three years for a diploma in media. After a couple of years of working full time without going to school, I enrolled in a night class to learn Japanese for one year. Sadly, I don’t recall most of it now, but it was a really fun experience and I’m sure if I plan a trip to Japan, I’ll try to brush up on some of it. After another couple years of working without school, I enrolled in a part-time distance education course to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. I’m not sure if I will go into the nutrition field, but it would be great to somehow combine my loves for plant-based nutrition and traveling for a new career of some sort!
2. I don’t know how to whistle. I just can’t do it. I’ve tried so many times. Justin, on the other hand, is amazing at whistling. I can only make a pathetic whistling noise by breathing air in rather than breathing air out. Maybe I should look up videos on Youtube that can teach me how to whistle?
3. My first job was at a pet food store. I started working there when I turned 16 as a part-time job, and I kept it all through high school, university, and part of college. I think my favourite part about that job was helping people choose healthier food for their pets and seeing their pets if they ever brought them into the store. Many people brought in their dogs if they were out on a walk…or their hamsters in a hamster ball…or even their pet snake. Yes, a pet snake. The man who owned it asked me to hold out my arm, which I did…and the snake wrapped itself around my arm and started to tighten up. At that point, I asked him politely if he could please remove it from my arm. Haha. Anyway, I learned way more about nutrition for pets than I ever knew about my own nutrition, which I think sparked the interest in nourishing myself properly, oddly enough. It was also a great first job as I have always loved animals and grew up having a small “zoo” at our house of cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and rabbits. Worst part of the job? Unpacking those pig ear dog treats from the box to the shelf. Those were greasy and gross.
4. My favourite movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. My favourite books – it’s a tie – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami and The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I just love great stories about people’s lives, whether they are true stories or complete works of fiction. I used to read way more often, though my nutrition books have been taking up most of my reading time these days.
5. I’ve ridden in the back of a police car. Well, there’s a little bit of a story behind this. On a road trip a few years back in Ohio with two of my best friends, we were driving through a very small town on the way home when my car stopped working. I was unable to accelerate and just barely got the car off the road to an empty church parking lot. As we had no cell phones to use (didn’t want the crazy roaming charges), we walked down the street and finally found a building that was open (it was the weekend). We borrowed their phone and dialed for a tow truck. Back at the car, we waited patiently for the tow truck to arrive. It was extremely hot outside that day, and we had no air conditioning. A police car pulls up, and the officer asks why we are parked there. We explain what happened, and he offers to help us out. He invites us to sit in the back of his police car so we could cool down from being in the hot sun. The policeman finds one of the only mechanics that is actually working on a weekend, and arranges for my car to be towed there to be fixed. Not only that, but he arranges a cheaper price with the mechanic for the repairs! In the meantime, he drives us to a local restaurant so we can get some food while we’re waiting for the car to be fixed. After chatting to the police officer for a while, he also said that if we couldn’t get the car fixed in time, we would be welcome to stay overnight in his basement and that his wife and children likely wouldn’t mind! I was so impressed at the kindness of a complete stranger willing to help three Canadian girls in need. Thankfully, the car got fixed and we were soon on our way back home!
6. I’m a bit of a video game nerd. I love the retro arcade games and the older Nintendo games that I played as a kid. Justin and I have driven a couple of hours to visit the “International Center for the History of Electronic Games” in Rochester, New York, just to play some old arcade machines. We also used to be regulars at the Pinball Cafe in Toronto until it got shut down. Apparently, there’s an outdated by-law in Toronto against having more than two pinball machines in an establishment. We have a small collection of video games and love playing games, old and new. As for my favourite game, it’s a toss-up between Super Mario World and Earthbound, both for the Super Nintendo.
7. My arms are bent in a weird way. It’s hard to describe. When I hold them straight out, they bend on a strange angle. I’m not quite sure why – they’ve always been like this. I never noticed this until I was bowling with friends in high school, and the bowling ball always spun in a weird direction off to one side. A friend of mine asked me to hold my arms out straight, though my arms did not look straight. He said, “No, hold them out straight!” to which I replied, “I am!”. So, this could potentially make me a REALLY good bowler if I could figure out how to use it to my advantage. It is also funny because when I go to yoga classes, I can never properly do poses where my arms have to be stretched out behind my back, so the teachers often have to come up with alternate suggestions for me.
Now, I must nominate 10 other bloggers for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:
1. Hannah from Eat Sleep Breathe Travel
2. Stephanie from The World As I See It
3. Karyn from Not Done Travelling
4. Mary from The World Is A Book
5. Marissa from Little Things Travel Blog
6. Yara from Heart of a Vagabond
7. Kamila from Kami & The Rest Of The World
8. Richelle from Adventures Around Asia
9. Paula from Contented Traveller
10. Katie from From Shores To Skylines
Looking forward to reading seven random things about all of you, should you choose to participate!