The Outstanding blogger Award:

I think it was in my Travel Photo post that I mentioned Aiva’s beautiful blog: Our Crossings. Well, I will mention it again today, to thank her for her nomination to this award! Her blog is truly outstanding and beautiful, and her posts are incredibly interesting and informative, so if you haven’t done it already, please go and check out her blog!

Thank you so much for this nomination Aiva, I feel really honoured that you thought of me for this award! I loved reading through your answers and I’m very excited now to reply to your questions!

The rules:

  1. Provide a link to the creator’s original award post.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate other bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.

The questions:

What was the last book you read and what did you think of it?

The last book I read was a small book about Romania and its people. It is part of a series of very short books that talk about the history of a country, city or region, specifically focusing on the population and on how the history of the country influences its people. It was extremely interesting and I loved that it put the population in the spotlight, rather than following a very factual historical approach.

When you travel to the far corners of the earth, do you feel like the world shrinks or grows?

I actually feel like it does both, weirdly. It grows because in every new place there are hundreds of new and beautiful things to marvel at and to explore. The world seems so much bigger because it feels like you are constantly opening new doors that lead to bigger rooms with more doors, and it seems impossible to see everything that our beautiful world has to offer.

On the other side, when you are in a completely foreign place, to the far corners of the earth, it also feels like the world shrinks, as you can always find a bit of “home”: in how other people live, in some mundane, day-to-day actions, feelings… it kind of brings us closer together as a species, and that makes the world seem smaller, but in a good way!

Does traveling make you a better person?

Absolutely! Traveling opens your mind and takes you outside of your comfort zone in many different ways: meeting new people, being faced with another culture, religion, belief, adapting to other realities and ways of living, witnessing hardships or inequalities, getting lost and finding your way, admiring natural wonders or beautiful architecture, or even learning about the history of a place… all of these things, and countless others, take you outside of yourself and your life, it gives you perspective, and that, in turn, makes you a better person. I truly think that traveling, or even learning a new language or meeting someone from abroad, is incredibly beneficial!

What’s the longest plane ride you have ever been on?

Funnily enough (not really, actually), it was also the worst one: going from Italy to Japan, with 12 incredibly long hours. I usually don’t mind flights and I was so excited to go to Japan that it could have been great… If I didn’t start feeling sick only six hours in, with six other hours to go. I especially hated it because it took me a few days to recover and eat normally, but there were so many delicious things to eat in Tokyo – it felt like torture!

If you were offered a one-way ticket to go on your dream adventure tomorrow, what would you say?

“YES, absolutely!” I think I would go without much of a doubt, especially now that we can telework more easily. I really miss traveling, and going on my dream adventure would be amazing, even though I’m not even sure of what it would be ahaha!

If you wrote a novel, what would it be about?

I think it would be about the lives of different individuals, and about people in general. I really like books or movies that talks about the life of someone – even if it is not full of adventures and excitement. I think writing a book about snippets of other people’s lives would be super interesting! Actually, I have always wanted to write a book one day, so maybe it will come to life!

Could you live in another country for the rest of your life?

I have already lived in five different countries, so for sure I could live in another one for the rest of my life, it just depends which one! I think I would rather live in Europe or in a big – but not too big – city, quite international.

Here are the questions for my nominees:

  1. What is one thing you would like to see/visit/do at least once in your life?
  2. When traveling, what was your biggest cultural shock or “oh wow – this culture is so different from mine” moment?
  3. Is there something that you saw in another country that you wish could be in yours (it can be anything: objects, food, nature, etc.)?
  4. How do you plan your holidays – if you plan them at all?
  5. When the pandemic is over, you are granted a whole month off from work/studying. What would you do?
  6. Tell us about one interesting person you met when traveling, even if you only met them very briefly.
  7. A high school student from your town wants to take a gap year to travel before starting university. Where would you tell them to go? Why?

Finally, here are my nominees:

If you have been nominated and want to participate, please let me know when you do, so I can check your answers!

I loved answering to these questions and I hoped it was fun for you to read them as well. I couldn’t possibly nominate every blogger who supports me regularly, but I all appreciate you very much and feel very lucky to be part of this awesome and wholesome community!

Since I couldn’t mention everyone, feel free to answer some of these questions in the comments as well, I’m super curious to know your answers! 😊

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Responses to “The Outstanding blogger Award:”

  1. Rebecca Avatar

    Oh, boy! This is the FOURTH Outstanding Blog Award I’ve been nominated for! 🤣 Thank you all the same; I’m currently backlogged with posts, so expect my answers to be up in a post sometime in the summer/later in the year. But I promise you I’ll get to it!

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Ahahah sorry! Though that means you absolutely deserve it! No pressure for the answers though !

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Happy Panda Avatar

    Congratulations on the nomination and thank you for nominating me. ❤️🤗

    I so agree – travelling opens are mind up so much. Going to a new place, meeting people can be quite therapeutic too. I’ve been feeling pretty meh through the past year but since I travelled last month – I already feel rejuvenated and in a way better mental space. Travel works like magic for my soul.

    That flight to Japan sounds horrifying. I’m extremely scared of getting car sick/flight sick – so I usually avoid eating before going on a long journey – but end up caving at the airport Starbucks.🤦
    You’ve lived in 5 countries? Woah! I really want to live in another country but I just can’t think bring myself to do it. India is still developing and as a youngster (not so young anymore) I really want to contribute to its growth. Here’s hoping. 🙈

    Hope you’re having a good week. ❤️

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    1. Happy Panda Avatar

      Our* mind up so much


    2. Juliette Avatar

      Thank you for your kind comment! Yes I have lived in 5 different countries, even though for some of them it was for a ”short” time! I love it but it can be quite hard to be away from your family! I completely understand your reasons for staying in India! In Europe it is also much easier to move around!

      That flight to Japan really traumatised me ahah, even though I got sick from water (??!), I am still a bit shaky when I go on a plane to this day…!

      I’m glad you share my views on traveling, and I toyally understand how you are feeling better after changing your environment for a bit! Thank for reading as always and let me know if you want to participate to the nomination!


  3. ourcrossings Avatar

    Hi, Juliette and thanks so much for participating in the tag and for answering my questions! I didn’t know you lived in five different countries; moving abroad is a major life event for anyone who is brave enough–and lucky enough–to take the leap.

    I totally agree with you that travelling opens up your mind. There’s something about travelling that you can’t learn at school and that no one can actually teach you. Travelling gives you the opportunity to learn more about yourself than you could ever do at home. It makes you feel things you didn’t even know you could feel. It opens your mind to a whole new world of possibilities. You meet new people that end up having a big impact on your life, you are more willing to try things that you would never have tried back home, you frequently jump on opportunities without a second thought.

    Traveling also makes you stronger. Mentally and physically. It puts you in uncomfortable situations where you miss home and your people like hell. But you grow from it. You become more and more resourceful. You move every day; walking, hiking, surfing, bungee jumping… you get to really enjoy the gift of your body when you travel. Cheers and have a good day, my friend ❤ Aiva xxx

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Thank you so much Aiva, I couldn’t agree more with what you just said about traveling! It takes you out of your comfort zone and ultimately, that’s how we all grow! Have a great day too !

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  4. AndysWorldJourneys Avatar

    congrats and thanks for the nomination!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Juliette Avatar

      Thank you! If you feel like it, I’ll look forward to reading your answers!


  5. crystalsandcurls Avatar

    I really enjoyed reading your post, Juliette! It gave me massive wanderlust. It’s so cool that you’ve lived in five different countries too x

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Thanks a lot! I can’t wait to start traveling for real again! Thanks for reading!,


  6. Lingo in Transit Avatar

    Congratulations Juliette and thank you for the nomination! You’ve lived in 5 countries?! So amazing! I agree with you that travelling makes the world both feel small and big. With every trip somewhere, it makes me feel like there is just not enough time or money to be able to see all of the world’s wonders and corners of the earth. Yet, everywhere you go, people all want the same things and we’re all really more alike than different.

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      You’re welcome, you absolutely deserve it! And yes, I’ve lived in 5 different countries, though most for some of them it was less than a year! (Does it count?) I’m glad you share my view on traveling: what a strange feeling indeed! Thanks for your kind comment!

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      1. Lingo in Transit Avatar

        Aww thank you. Totally counts!

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  7. Markus + Micah Avatar

    Congratulations. We enjoyed reading your answers and appreciate your views on traveling. Really hoping we can all travel soon! Thank you for the nomination and we will participate, of course.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Juliette Avatar

      Thanks a lot! I’m looking forward to reading your answers, your blog is amazing!!


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  9. Lashaan Balasingam @ Bookidote Avatar

    Congratulations on the nomination! Hopefully, traveling won’t be as different as it was pre-pandemic, maybe even better, making us appreciate it even more than ever post-pandemic! You could also totally write a book about twins. 😉 Maybe even a horror story. 😮 Horror seems to be a genre you love to read too. 😉 Hmm… 😀

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Thanks! It’s true that I could write a book about twins ahahah, though I’m not sure I will be good at writing horror stories 😂😂 Thanks for reading and commenting, Lashaan!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Tanja Avatar

    just writing my post and meant to nominate you:) and then I saw this post

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Thank you so much Tanja! 😊


  11. Pooja G Avatar

    Congratulations on the award and really enjoyed reading your answers!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Juliette Avatar

      Thanks a lot! 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Pooja G Avatar

        You’re very welcome!

        Liked by 1 person

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Thanks a lot!


      1. Shristy Singh Avatar

        It’s my pleasure dear ❤️

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  15. Stuart Danker Avatar

    Oh wow. Feeling sick six hours into a flight and it being only the halfway point would’ve been such a harrowing experience for me. In a similar note, I once ate something bad and was suffering the consequences on an (old) overnight train, so that wasn’t fun either. Regardless, these experiences are still fun to look back at, aren’t they?

    The one thing I wish would be in my country was when I was in Tokyo, and I realised how they catered to introverts (with their restaurants where you’re blocked from seeing the waiters and other customers to strict apartment and train rules to keep quiet). I wish they had more of those here.

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Oh, feeling sick in a train is no joke either! And yes, they are a fun anecdote after some time ahah, at least there’s that!

      It’s true that Japan is not so much of a “chatty” country in general and they seem to be very respetcful of other people! Thanks for reading!!


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