The Versatile Blogger Award

by - 9:12 PM

It's almost summer vacation, which means I'm busy studying for finals (or pretending to be studying). I don't have much time to write blog posts that are a little more interesting than a list of ways I'm wasting valuable study time. I really needed a quick and easy post idea, but was completely inspirationless. Luckily I got nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by F from The Fence of Stars, thank you F!
The rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you. Check
2. Share seven random facts about yourself and answer the challenge. Will do
3. Nominate 5 bloggers (or more) who you think fit the definition of 'versatile' Keep reading for that
4. Make up a new challenge. I think I'm going to cheat a little
5. Create your own 'Versatile Blogger Award Picture' and it it to your post. In case you don't know about my designing skills, let me clear this up: I did not make that picture, I'm suffering from laziness.

I have to share seven random facts about myself with you guys, which is never a problem for me until I actually have to come up with seven random facts. When I try to think of anything interesting, I suddenly seem like the most boring person on earth, but I'll give it a shot.

1. I did not know what the word 'versatile' meant until I got nominated for this award. I'm Dutch, I can't help it. I seriously texted a friend to figure out what kind of nomination I'd received XD
2. I've got an awesome granddad who calls himself Carl when he goes to Germany, even though his name is not Carl.
3. I write all my blog posts by hand before I write them on Blogger, because the internet is too distracting when I try to write a post directly on Blogger.
4. A few weeks ago I chased a seagull at college so I could take a picture of it and send it to a friend. All the seniors now think I'm a retard.
5. When I was a kid, I thought I'd turn into a mermaid if I spent enough time in the pool.
6. I listen to Train when I'm happy and to Taylor Swift when I'm unhappy. There's been a little too much Taylor on my radio lately though...
7. I want one of those bags with a map of the world on it that come with a marker, so you can color the countries you've visited. Might be a good birthday present.

Now comes my favorite part of this post, because F has a great challenge: Share 7 things you want to do (or places you want to visit) before you die! I'm always making lists of places I want to go, so I'll share seven places I want to visit before I die :)

A left-over dream from my otaku-phase. About a year before I started blogging, I became extremely interested in manga. I got myself a subscription on a Japan oriented magazine, but my interests quickly shifted from manga to Japanese culture and urban legends. One day I want to visit Tokyo and see all the Japanese quirks for myself. And while I'm there, I want to go to Mount Fuji and see at least one blossoming cherry tree. I'm a sucker for Japanese clichés. I've heard that it's an expensive country, but visiting it is too high on my wish list to care about that.

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with mummies. I even cut out newspaper articles about newly discovered mummies. The mummy obsession led to an interest in pyramids, hieroglyphs and Egyptian mythology. Ever since then I've wanted to see the pyramids, the Sfinx and all the other famous sights. I've seen some replicas in Vegas and Legoland, which was cool, but I don't think it can beat the real deal.
A few years ago I came close to convincing my dad to take me to Egypt, but then things went a little crazy and the situation still isn't stable enough according to my dad. I don't mind waiting a few more years though, there are lots of other awesome places I want to see too.

Rio de Janeiro
The World Cup of 2014 and the upcoming Olympics have had some influence on my choice for Rio de Janeiro. last summer Dutch TV was flooded with commercials for Brazil. I can't deny that Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city. It has its dangers, but also its very own, very unique image and culture. If I ever get there, I want to go up to that ginormous Jesus statue. There's something mind blowing about that statue, it attracts me like a magnet, even though I'm not religious at all. Can't wait to be there one day.

In case you didn't know yet: some Game of Thrones scenes were filmed in Croatia. Do you need any other reason to visit a country? Wait, you do? Just take a look at this picture, I'll bet that'll convince you of Croatia's awesomeness. Isn't that place beautiful? (It's King's Landing by the way, or Dubrovnik for people who don't like Game of Thrones).

I wrote a paper on Vietnam when I was in 6th grade and, as it goes with me and papers on faraway places, I've wanted to visit the country ever since. It also helps a lot that there's a place in Rotterdam that sells the best Vietnamese egg rolls ever. Seriously though, to me Vietnam has the perfect combination of tropical climate, exotic culture and history.
My parents went to Vietnam a few years before I was born. They still tell me all these amazing stories. The idea of going there all by myself scares me, but I'd love to see the country and come back with some great stories of my own.

I've been to the US so many times, but I've never been to the East Coast. No wait, that's not true. I went to the East Coast with my parents when I was about two years olds. I didn't do much more than sleep, eat and talk toddler-nonsense, but if I take a look at the pictures I seem to be enjoying myself.
In a few years I'll be able to rent a car and go on a roadtrip. Boston will be one of the first places I'll visit, once again because of a story my parents told me: my dad was running the Boston Marathon when he got so hungry during the race that he stole a banana from a random dude in the crowd.

I almost booked a last-minute trip to this island in the Mediterranean Sea last January. I was supposed to have a week off and I really wanted to get the most out of it. In the end the whole getting a week off thing didn't happen, but I still want to go to Malta. Any sunny island with Roman ruins is awesome.

Those are the seven places I want to visit before I die. I know I'm supposed to come up with a new challenge, but I love this challenge so much that I'd like to challenge these five bloggers to do the same thing!

Kathie K @A Sea Change
Tudda Pudda @The Tudda Pudda Diaries
Sanjana @Peridot Cove
Jo @The Bearable Blog
Saee @Wonderland

Stay Awesome!

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  1. Your granddad sounds like a really cool person lol. Like an undercover agent or something xD
    Visiting the place where game of thrones was filmed sounds like a great idea- and it reminded me of wanting to visit the place where th lots of the rings was filmed. **lord of the rings (my phone doesn't let me backspace and correct on blogger) I think that was Switzerland? Anyway- great post! I never really thought about going to the south Americas for tourism.

    1. My Granddad has so many awesome stories to tell, it's almost like he really was an undercover agent XD
      Have you seen the pictures I tweeted you?
      South America is beautiful, cheap and if you speak Spanish you can go everywhere you want there :)

  2. Thank you so much for the nomination! <3
    I've also always wanted to visit Tokyo. It seems like such an interesting, insightful place!
    ~ Sanjana

    1. You're welcome!
      I know very little about Tokyo, but it looks so exciting and full of life!

    2. Envy, I have posted my challenge on my blog if you would like to check it out! <3
      ~ Sanjana

    3. That was fast! I'll check it as soon as I have the time :)

  3. That picture of Croatia is beautiful; it looks like an island resort or something. I've always wanted to go to Rio but my reason is that I saw the animated movie Rio (the one with all the colourful birds?) and well...yep. :') Animated movies have a large influence on me. I liked your 7 facts, they were pretty interesting, especially how you handwrite your posts (it must get tiring though). Thanks for tagging me, by the way! I meant to say that at the start, oops. :)

    1. You're welcome :)
      That's a cool reason to go to Rio too!
      I'm glad you found the facts interesting, I try to make them as interesting as possible for these posts :P

  4. I used to write my blog posts in Word and then paste it into blogger but now I've stopped doing that. I just write my post directly on blogger.
    Thank you for the nomination! :D

    -Kathie K
    A Sea Change

    1. You're welcome Kathie, you deserve it :)
      I wrote a few posts in Word to, but then the HTML went crazy and the font kept changing, so now it's all hand-writing for me


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