A while ago, Lauren tagged me in the “Blue Sky Tag,” which I’m happy to accept! Lauren has spent this past year teaching in Spain, and her blog shows plenty of her adventures working and traveling in the country. I live vicariously through her posts, which have since inspired me to return to Spain someday. Thanks for the nomination!
This is the second “Blue Sky Tag” that I’ve done, but I do enjoy doing these awards/tags since they give you the opportunity to share advice and experiences with others in the blogosphere. Plus, you get to learn more about other bloggers who participate! Without further ado, here are the rules and questions:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog
- Answer their questions
- Tag 11 other bloggers (or as few/ many as you fancy)
- Write 11 questions for them
- Let them know you’ve nominated them
1. Would you rather be too hot or too cold?
I would prefer being too cold than too hot. After all, it’s easier to bundle up to conserve heat than to sweat buckets and not be able to do anything (unless you’re comfortable taking everything off, but…).
2. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Call it brave or just plain crazy, but my recent trip to Morocco tested me in ways that I didn’t expect myself to get tested in the first place. I won’t get into the details of what happened (already shared them in this post), but basically, I got robbed. However, I caught my thief through quick instincts and persistence, and I managed to retrieve all of my belongings. Although I was scared shitless, I stood up for myself and fought hard to get my valuables back, which surprised me in a good way!
3. You’re having a dinner party and can invite up to 5 fictional characters. Who do you choose and why?
This question took the longest to answer, just because there are too many great characters out there! Any case, here are mine:
- Mulan (Mulan). No matter what Disney says about her being an “honorary” Disney princess, Mulan is a true role model for young girls and Asian-Americans alike. It’d be great if we bonded over our love for female empowerment and, in general, kick-assery!
- Holden Caulfield (Catcher in the Rye). An icon of teen angst in literature, Holden would certainly be a character to interact with, literally and figuratively. Neurotic, bitter, and sarcastic, he and I have a lot in common and it’d be great to pick his brain on topics like media, society, and all the “phonies” in life.
- Remy (Ratatouille). Another Disney favorite, this culinary-talented character is perfect for discussing cooking and French (heck, French cooking!). Perhaps we could work together to whip up something lovely for the dinner party– boeuf bourguignon, anyone?
- Shirley Bennett (Community). While not as much of a fan favorite compared with Jeff or Abed, Shirley was my favorite character in this quirky sitcom. Known for being sweet and scary at the same time, she had this quiet humor that never ceased to make me laugh, and I’m sure she’d be great at entertaining during dinner!
- John Keats (Bright Star). Granted, Keats was an actual person, but I’m referring to his cinematic interpretation, played by the dashing Ben Whishaw. Brooding and dreamy, I could listen to his voice recite any of the poems written by the actual Keats himself, perhaps later discussing the merits of writing poetry like “true” poets!
4. Physical books or e-readers?
I prefer physical books over e-readers, just because I’m more used to them. Having grown up turning (rather than swiping) pages made the experience all the more tactile, and there’s always a sense of finality upon finishing that last page and closing the cover. Granted, I’ve tried online books and Kindle and while I can understand they’re more economic for carrying and saving paper, physical books still hold a dear place in my heart.
5. What language (if any) would you really like to learn?
I’m currently learning Italian and German, both of which I’d been meaning to learn for quite some time. Not counting those, I would probably learn Portuguese, since my dad grew up in Brazil (and knows some of the language) and my visit to Portugal last February was one of my favorite experiences to date in Europe. Plus, it’s a Romance language, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to learn, especially knowing French and (a bit of) Italian!
6. Is there a personality trait you tend to look for in your friends?
I don’t actively go looking for certain personality traits in possible friends, because I don’t believe that that’s the point of meeting people to establish a relationship with. I do, however, tend to observe and notice quirks that people have, which make them distinctive. I usually look for the “big picture” of the individual, which helps me decide whether I would like to know them more or not.
7. You can only listen to music by one artist/ band for the rest of your life. Who would you choose?
For the longest time, I’ve been the biggest fan of Sara Bareilles. An American blues-pop singer, she has one of the best vocals I’ve ever heard– the amazing thing is, it seems to come naturally, so effortlessly… Seriously, I could listen to her sing the ABC’s, and still love it!
8. Sweet or sour?
More of a sweet person; I love all things desserts!
9. If money, work, and mental health were no object, where would you love to travel to?
I’d love to take a first-class Emirates flight and spend some time in Dubai to see what it’s all about (city’s entirely man-made, after all). Other places like North Korea and Antarctica intrigue me, too, although with political tensions with the U.S. and current limited accessibility, it’ll take some time to be able to make it over!
10. Which animal do you relate to most?
Penguin, because it’s my favorite animal. This bird holds a special place in my childhood self, and I’d like to think that I’m proud, caring, and hard-working like them!
11. What does your favorite film say about you?
It’s a close tie, but Ratatouille and Last Holiday (2006 remake) are two of my favorite films. They are European-inspired food fests, which discernibly shows my love of travel and food. I suppose they also show my romantic side, despite the fact that I come off as very cynical in person– can’t hide it, can’t deny it!
My questions for you:
1. Where’s the next destination you’re off to?
2. One food you’ve tried while traveling that you would eat again?
3. Who’s one person you would like to have lunch with, living or dead?
4. Ultimate wanderlust film?
5. What’s one weakness you would like to improve on?
6. One thing you love most about your hometown?
7. Top 3 destinations on your bucket list?
8. How do you document your adventures (journal, photos, blog?).
9. Coffee or tea?
10. What are some things you look for when booking transportation (flights/trains/etc.)?
11. One place you would like to visit that’s out of your comfort zone?
Thanks for reading– take care!