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Liebstar Award Entry

Thanks to Tamz Explores for nominating me for the Liebstar Award.

My answers to your questions are:

  1. How did you come up with the name of your blog?

Pretty quickly- it’s my name and writing.

  1. Who or what inspired you to travel?

My parents took me traveling from the age of 6 months and so I was always going to be doomed to a life of wanderlust!

  1. What is that one country/city that you found the most fascinating and why?

India- it’s just so different to anywhere else.

  1. What has been the most memorable interaction with anybody during your travels?

It would have to be with all of those I interacted with during our wedding week in Koh Lanta, Thailand.

  1. Five things you would never travel without?

Camera, day bag, a good book, snacks and a sightseeing list.

  1. Where are you heading to next in 2016?

Off to the Gold Coast to take my daughter to the theme parks.

  1. What is the best food you have had on your travels?

I had the best gnocchi in Budapest.

  1. What is your worst travel memory?

Getting ripped off in a hammock shop in Merida.

  1. Three destinations you would definitely recommend to fellow travelers?

Mexico, New Zealand and Spain.

  1. Name three of your favorite travel bloggers.

Emily Luxton, Jetsetting Fools and Independent Travel Cats.

My nominated bloggers are:

  1. Emily Luxton Travels
  2. Jetsetting Fools
  3. Independent Travel Cats
  4. In Search Of
  5. Global Grasshopper
  6. I Will Travel
  7. Travelling King
  8. Flights and Frustration
  9. Venga, Vale, Vamos
  10. Borderlass
  11. Mallory On Travel

My questions to them are:

  1. How did you made the leap from recreational blogger to professional blogger?
  2. What is one of your most favourite places you have been?
  3. What is special about your hometown?
  4. Where do you see yourself living in 5 years?
  5. Can you imagine ever getting sick of travel?
  6. What is your favourite city?
  7. What is your favourite small town?
  8. Tell me about somewhere you travelled that was undiscovered at the time?
  9. What is your number one tip on travelling with kids?
  10. Where do you see the future of travel blogging heading?

Hungary, 1997

When Sarah and I arrived in Budapest I felt like we had returned to civilisation. The buildings were new, the air was warm and I no longer feared for my personal safety.

We headed to the large winding Danube River and saw the oldest bridge in the city- the Szechenyi Bridge and the interesting Margaret Island which is connected by a bridge to the mainland. We also went to Varhegy Hill – a self-contained medieval town to see the Hungarian Crown Jewels in the Matthias church.

Crossing the river, we visited St Stephen’s Basilica where the church courtyard was under restoration. As we walked along the river, we saw the iconic red rooved parliament buildings, the green Szabadsag Bridge which reminded me of Lion’s Gate Bridge in Vancouver and the uplifting Liberation Monument of a bronze lady holding a palm leaf on Gellert Hill.

Walking down Andrassy Ut- Budapest’s most famous street- we saw the odd sphinx at the opera house, a real life brass band and Heroes Square at the end. We found Vajdahunyad Castle which is a beautiful island in the middle of the city park. The nearby lake was turned into an ice rink for winter and they were testing cars on it.

My favourite place in Budapest were the white washed patio’s and towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion with it’s gorgeous views over the city; and the restaurant where I devoured an entire plate of gnocchi- my first proper meal after two overnight trains through Eastern Europe.

Next stop- Vienna!

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