Travel TAG (part 2)

12. Best item purchased abroad?

This is a difficult one. I’m awful at remembering things too. The only thing that comes to mind is this: we were returning from a choir trip and were traveling by bus from Spain to Belgium. After a nearly sleepless night we stopped very early in the morning at one of the service stations in France. The croissants were only just being put on display. They were still warm and I can tell you, they were the best croissants I have ever had in my life.

13. Top 3 Travel items?

Phone (& charger – come on, that’s one item), jacket (you never know what the weather is going to do and it’s good to protect you from the sun and from the cold), house keys (seriously, you should take your house keys). Oh and money is pretty essential, but you can scarcely call that “an item”.

14. Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?

I used to be a repeat visitor as a comfort kind of thing, but now I do like to regularly visit new places (if diaries and funds permit it)

15. Do you read up on your destination for culture, history or safety or do you wing it?

I tend to read up as I go at the destination itself.

16. You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no issue, where are you going?

New York. Big city lights whoop whoop!

17. Favourite landmark you have visited?

The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.

18. Beach holiday, exploring or adventure?

Exploring. I’m not the fittest of people, but I’m not one to bake in the sun all day either. Unless that beach holiday would include a lot of windsurfing. I’m all up for that! Tasting new cultures is my favourite.

19. Where have you travelled to that you would love to travel again?

Kronach, if nothing else, just to stay in the youth hostel in the castle again. That was amazing.

20. Where would you travel to just eat the food?

My favourite is French kitchen and that’s easy enough to find. I would like to travel to the US to see what the fuss is all about here in Europe about American food. So many bad things are being said about it and I can’t believe it’s that bad. I heard bad things about the English kitchen too, and they where wrong about that.

21. Is there a place you would never go again?

Maybe, but not a specific place. Not because of not liking it, but more because of time constraints. There is so much to see in the world.

22. To travel is to…

Experience! I love exploring and learning new things. I know, I’m nerdy like that.

Anyone who wants to use these questions (which I collated from all over) are welcome to them. See you next time!

Travel TAG (part 1)

1. Where are you from and where do you live now?

I’m from Belgium and I have been living in the UK for almost 4 years.

2. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been?

Egypt (Sharm El-Sheikh). It was in my early teens when we went. I remember that I really liked the hotel and windsurfing on the hotel beach. I also remember how I did snorkelling for the first time and the views in the sea where amazing. And lastly, I remember a story of how my parents and sisters woke up an entire corridor of sleeping guests one night because I had apparently locked the door (I couldn’t even remember doing that) and nobody could get in or wake me up. So in the end they broke in via a door between our room and the one from one of our neighbours.

3. Do you prefer summer or winter?

It’s very hard to decide. I love swimming outdoors as much as I love skiing. But if it’s at home, I think summer would be my favourite. In England winter tends to be pretty wet.

4. Where would you love to travel to?

Japan. It really appeals to me to see how you can be creative with very little space.

5. Are you currently saving up for a trip?

Sort of; We want to visit a friend in Hungary and the budget is going to be pretty tight the next couple of years. My hubby wants to start a doctorate in September and should go part time in his job for that (all going well).

6. Name a place in the world you would love to shop.

Paris (if money is no issue), otherwise Brighton. It’s an awesome city for all sorts of things.

7. How many countries have you visited?

17 (including the ones I live(d) in).

They are: Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Vatican City, Turkey, Egypt and Sweden.

8. Where was your first plane to?

Egypt. I’m pretty sure of that. It’s the first one I definitely remember anyway.

9. Why do you travel?

Me and my hubby travel a lot to visit family. Our families live in the Midlands and in Belgium. A 3 hour and 6 hour drive one way respectively. Though I do love the discovery aspect of travel. That’s my favourite reason.

10. Favourite city?

Budapest. I have only been there once, so maybe that will change. I had the same feeling the first time I went to Paris that it would be my favourite city. It still is really high up there too.

11. Most memorable experience abroad?

The most memorable thing was looking up in the desert in Egypt in the middle of the night. We were on our way to a classic spot to watch the sun rise with lots of other tourists and guides. The amount of stars I saw that night in one go hasn’t been rivalled since, or even come close to that.

To be continued…

Reader’s Questionnaire

I found this on the BluChickenNinja blog, who in her turn found it on The Bookie Monsters. Enjoy!

1. What is your favourite book?
My favourite book to date is Foundation by Isaac Asimov. I’m not sure why. I just love everything about it.

2. What are your goals? For the year? For your life?
My goals for the year is to get a job I can enjoy. The enjoying part is really important, because I doubt I will otherwise be able to tell my anxiety to keep walking. Lifetime goals would be to travel the world and meet as many people as I can possibly manage.

3. Are you a writer? If so, tell me about your work. 
I not a writer of book or proper stories, and I could definitely not do it for a living. However, I do enjoy writing poetry and I’m having fun with this blog as well.

4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I think I’d stay right here. I mean I love travel, but I love it so much in our little house so close to my friends.

5. What was the last movie you saw in the theatre and was it worthwhile?
I genuinely can’t remember. Is that bad or what?

6. I’m curious, are there any books that you’ve tried to read and simply couldn’t finish? This is a no judgement zone.
There are actually only one book I have no interest in finishing. The thing is that I can’t even remember the name. It’s the first book in what is at least a five part series. I bought the book over 10 years ago. It was fantasy, but the writing just didn’t gel with me. Books that I’ve had a lot of difficulty with, but sort of do want to finish because they’re classics are The Lord of the Rings and Catch 22. The last one to mention is (I think it’s called) The Winter King. The reason I couldn’t finish it is a bit silly. I started reading it and then I lost the book :p

7. Are you currently working on a new book/project right now? If it’s secret, you don’t have to tell me about it. If so, however, I hope it’s going well.
My current project (if you can call it that) is to stop doing so many things at once. I’m reading two books, I’m knitting an evening bag, I’m making a puzzle, I’m crafting cards, I’m doing a latch hooking rug, and to be quite honest, it’s a bit too much to feel like you’re doing these all at once.

8. If you could live in any of your favourite books, which one would you choose?
In the Harry Potter world with a wizard child so I can have the best of both worlds.

9. Are there any book-to-movie adaptations that you think are just incredible? That you absolutely hated?
Neither is the case for me to be honest. I can always find a few things I don’t like, but I could never say I hated an adaptation. One of my friends told me to read Northern Lights to change my mind (hating something that is). But I have yet to do that, so I withhold judgement.

10. What do you look for in a book that you want to read? What’s the first thing to capture your attention?
The title. I love words. Then the cover, then the description at the back. But yes, the title is the things that needs to make me go “hmm, I wonder what this one’s about”

11. If you’re an author, what do you do when you first get an idea for a book?
When I write poetry, it’s the emotion that comes first. That makes me want to sit down and write something about it.

12. How do you feel about different genres? Romance? YA? Sci-Fi? Poetry? Do you have any favourites? Any least-favourites?
For me my most loved, and read, genre I would generically term as fantasy, despite those potentially also being romance, young adult or adventure (but then this term is pretty broad as well). I’m not a fan of war-time novels.

13. If you could meet any writer in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
I think Terry Pratchett, because aside from being a great author he just seemed like such a nice guy.

14. Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
I can’t say I have a preference. I used to never read non-fiction, but that changed as I went to university. I still have read a lot more fiction, and there is a lot more fiction on my to read list than non-fiction though. I tend to read non-fiction on the fly, while I take a lot more time out for fiction.

15. Are there any characters that everyone loves that you can’t stand? Or vice versa?
I don’t know (I know that’s a really lame answer)

16. What do you like to do besides reading/writing?
I do paper crafting and knitting. I also love playing video games and role playing games, with the Pathfinder living campaigns being my new favourite thing (since the beginning of last year).

17. If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
For being a really nice person, and that being nice really works.

18. What is your favourite guilty pleasure book?
I love all the books I remember reading. I don’t actually know whether there is anything in there that can be thought of as a guilty pleasure. Feel free to help me out with that: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/11612970-eva-wassenhove?shelf=read I’d say possibly the Norah McClintock books.

19. Do you have a reading goal set for this year?
I went from 6 books last year (which I did) to 12 books this year, and I’m already behind schedule :p

20. Tell me anything about yourself that I haven’t asked. Random fact. Weird human trick. Whatever.
I’m very keen to try out venison with red wine and chocolate sauce. We should be having it tonight if all goes well. I’ll report back on that in my Sunday blog.

Fifteen Festive Favourites Tag

Fifteen Festive Favourites Tag

Favourite Festive Food
Mince pies – all the time!

Favourite Reindeer
I never got introduced to the reindeers as a child or even later, so I’ll have to name the only one I know by name, which is Rudolph.

Favourite Day Of Christmas
It used to be January 3rd were we would go carolling for charity as the three wise men (when I was in primary school). Now it’s definitely Christmas day. Nothing like it any other day of the year.

Favourite Christmas Song
I love Carol of the Bells and all its many iterations, remixes, covers and genres.

Favourite Christmas Present
I don’t really know what the best present is that I ever got, but the one that I remember very clearly and I was over the moon about was when I got a gigantic 5kg jar of Nutella. It was awesome and I finished it far too quickly for my own good.

Favourite Festive Film
I second Chrissie on this one, it has to be Home Alone. It is such a great and funny film. I should really watch it again this year.

Favourite Festive Cracker Toy
Last year I got massive crackers with mini board games in them. They were so much fun. Not sure how long they lasted in the end though.

Favourite Cracker Joke
Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
A: Frostbite!

Favourite Christmas Decoration
Faery lights everywhere 😀

Favourite Christmas Candle Scent
I’ve never had a scented Christmas candle, but I imagine it would be cinnamon. Where do you get good ones?

Favourite Christmas TV Advert
The Coca Cola one always makes me cheery and excited for Christmas so that one.

Favourite Festive Tradition
Opening the Christmas presents right after breakfast – especially because in the UK we have so many with the stockings. We don’t have this in Belgium so celebrating Christmas here is extra special for me.

Place To Spend Christmas
I always have a dilemma for this. Christmas day is the most fun in the UK with my family here, but Christmas eve is way more fun with my family in Belgium because it’s actually a party there with yummy food and presents, while here it’s the wait before Christmas day.

Favourite Christmas Fact
Are there facts about Christmas? Hold on [googling] …
This is a really great one: There is a special act in Britain that actually makes it mandatory to go to church on Christmas day. The act that is deemed the Holy Days and Fasting Act still exists, however, not so much enforced. Additionally no vehicle of any kind is to be used to get to the Christmas service (from http://www.christmasfacts.net)

Favourite Snowman Accessory
The buttons! I love buttons.

Thank you to Chrissie from Manchesterflickchick for nominating me.

My Geek Confessions

Inspired by MyOpenSketchbook. Original idea by GamerWife.

Time for some confessions. Feel free to judge / take away geek cred, but I’m sticking to these :p

Even though I love the whole world Tolkien has created and deem him an absolute genius for it, I find reading The Lord of the Rings very tedious, even boring.No lotr

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I love Star Wars and I also love Jar Jar Binks *ducks away for husband’s reaction*love jar jar binks

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I really don’t like FPS games – also I suck at them. no fps

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I have not read nearly as many books as I deem necessary to claim geekhood (about 100 and I’m 28) no books

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What are your geek confessions?

A bit about me

This tag is derived from the “My Dating Profile” tag.

1) Do you believe in love at first sight? I didn’t until I started dating my now husband.

2) What do you do for fun? Playing games (video games, board games…)

3) Do you want/do you have any children? I would love to have children.

4) What do you look for in a relationship? Trust and unconditional love.

5) What is the one thing about yourself that you want others to know? Have patience, give me time and you will find a very good friend in me.

6) If you won a lottery, how would you spend your millions? Pay off our mortgage, buy a beautiful house and give a large amount of the millions to charity.

7) Which was the first crush you ever had? My first boyfriend at the age of 17.

8) You have got six months to live, what will you do first? Tell my friends and family so I can spend as much time as possible with them.

9) Are you a morning person or a night person? I’m definitely a night person

10) If you have friends coming over, what would you cook? Pasta carbonara. The only dish I am confident I can do well. If my vegetarian friend comes over I’m in trouble :p

11) If you could travel back through time, which single mistake would you correct? I would break up a few months earlier with my first boyfriend. He didn’t deserve how it ended. I am glad that he is happy now.

12) Where do you see yourself in five years time? Where I am now, with my husband in our pretty little house, hopefully with an income of my own and one or two children.