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the very inspiring blogger award

Thursday, March 21:  Back in November, the amazing Elisa of Eat, Travel, Photograph nominated me and african meanderings {& wanderings} for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  Elisa describes herself as a traveler and a dreamer.  She’s a 24-year-old girl who comes from a small village the Trentino-Alto Adige region in the North of Italy, even though she admits she hasn’t been there much lately.

In the last 6 years, she’s lived in 7 different cities in 5 different countries, in some just for a couple of months and in others longer.  She speaks 3 languages but hopes to add a 4th one soon.

I apologize to Elisa that it’s taken me so long to accept this award.  I was very flattered by her compliments about my blog: “This amazing lady has quite a lot of blogs and I actually love them all, but Africa is Africa. Check out the one about Oman and Greece too! Great travel pictures!”

As the other awards do, this one has some rules for whoever accepts it:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this blog and link to them.

5. Notify these bloggers of the nomination and the awards’ requirements.

Here are my 7 “things:”

1. I feel perfectly happy having a few close friends and don’t feel the need to be friends with everybody.

2. I have a special playlist of songs that take me back to special moments in my life, and I love listening to these songs over and over.

3. Don’t get me started on any cheese snack, because I won’t stop eating it until it’s finished.

4. I love French & Italian romantic films, especially Bread and Tulips and Apres Vous.

5. I am ready to stop being an ex-pat and go home. 🙂

6. I love wind chimes and windmills and Tibetan Buddhist chants.

7. I have a huge collection of colorful scarves from all over the world.

Ok, now for the nominees!  This award requires me to pick 15, which is a lot!! But I follow & love many more blogs than this.  Here are some of my favorites (& this list is not all-inclusive!).

Carol of The Eternal Traveller, who describes herself as “a wife and mother, a teacher, writer, quilt maker and a grower of roses.”

Lynn of bluebrightly, who blogs about “photography or philosophy, birds or flowers, zen, maps, psychology, travel.”  Her photos are gorgeous!

Dallas of Crazy Train to Tinky Town, who tells the funniest stories about her crazy romance with a Turk and about her family in Britain.  She describes herself as “a thirty something, single woman who has packed my bags for what promises to be the adventure of a lifetime. I should have been married by now to my childhood sweetheart who ditched me, just a hop, jump and a skip away from the altar, to sweep my former best friend off her Jimmy Choos.”

Sylvia of Another day in paradise, who writes about “anything and everything” and goes back and forth between her home in South Africa and in her other home in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Francine of Francine in Retirement, who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and shows us that city through her beautiful photos.  She always encourages her fellow bloggers by saying BE ENCOURAGED!  BE BLESSED!  in her thoughtful comments on our blogs.

Robin’s new blog, breezes at dawn, which explores her meditative side through inspiring and meaningful quotes and gorgeous pictures.

Kathryn of vastly curious, who shares her adventures through beautiful photographs.

Annette of The Beauty Along the Road, whose blog is dedicated to the discovery of beauty in all its nuances.  She loves “nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning.” Originally from Germany, she now lives in Virginia, USA.  She’s a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.  I really hope to meet her when I return to the USA in August.

Madhu of The Urge to Wander, who loves to travel and posts the most amazing photos and stories about exotic places that are dear to my heart.

Lisa of Zeebra Designs & Destinations, who brings the outdoors of Central America into her amazing art.

Terri and James of GALLIVANCE, high school sweethearts, lifelong soul mates and global nomads who post about their travels with fun stories and beautiful photos.

Vladimir & Johna of Wind Against Current, a blog in which two kayakers explore, with friends, the many ways in which opposing forces shape our world.

Gilly of Lucid Gypsy, a poet, writer and photographer from the south of England who is passionate about travel, writing, reading, and life in general.

Jo of restlessjo,  a traveler and explorer who writes about her home in northeast England and her little place in Portugal’s Algarve.

Carol of Wanderings of an Elusive Mind, who writes about her life, her family and her struggles with her husband’s and her own illnesses with an honesty and openness that I truly admire.

Rosie of Wondering Rose, who shares her “real world” exchanges and meetings at her cash register at an Art Museum in California.  She also likes to share about what it’s like to keep moving countries.  I love her stories!

Thanks again to Elisa for her kind nomination oh-so-many months ago. 🙂

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