The Inspiring Blogger Award


Every once in a while I get reminded how many interesting, amazing people there are in this blogging world. Their stories are unique in their own way, yet how many times have we not found ourselves in a stranger’s words?… How many times have we not relived our own traumas and joys simply by reading somebody’s poem, by emerging ourselves in somebody else’s experience?… Words pour into our minds and souls – strangers’ words, not even our own – and they help our personal feelings, emotion and ideas crystalize. We may not always agree with certain opinions, we may often disapprove of certain choices and lifestyles, but the moment we learn to accept that all these people are as entitled to have a voice and share their individuality as we are, is the moment when we start growing. None of us can hear all the voices, nobody can read all the words, but trying to discover, understand, recognize and accept more of them is never a waste of time.

On this note, I would like to thank somebody I have recently discovered, for having nominated me for the Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you, Sue Dreamwalker from 🙂 .  Your incursions in mythology is a nice reminder of all those school days when I used to read stories about ancient times, sometimes forgetting to separate history from myths.

It’s good to give back once in a while, so the second rule implied by receiving this award – nominating 10 other bloggers – is really no chore. I won’t pick favourites this time, I will simply refer to a few of the newer blogs I have started to follow. All of them bravely share bits and pieces of their lives and souls, be it in prose, verse, or photography. So let us all stop being critics for a moment or two and pay them a visit, trying to see them for what they are – individuals with a voice and a story (the same way we would perhaps like others to perceive us).

Let’s see… I have displayed the award on my blog, I have thanked and linked back to the person who has nominated me and I have, in my turn, nominated others and let them know about it. My job here is done. Oh, wait… I was also supposed to mention 7 facts about myself. Perhaps I could overlook this one… I have accomplished this task when receiving other awards, so I hope I’m covered 😉

Have a nice weekend, all of you!

The Sunshine Award


The second surprise the Easter Bunny had in store for me was the Sunshine Award. It was Linda that helped the Easter Bunny with this one. Thank you for your nomination, Linda! Visiting your blog is always a pleasant experience and your photos are lovely:

Those who have been nominated and decide to accept the award have to thank the person who nominated them (1), share ten things about themselves (2), and nominate ten other blogs they consider worthy of this honour. These are the rules, from what I can understand.

Here are ten things about me (I know I may have mentioned some of them before, but I am in a hurry today, I apologize):

1. I love travelling and I don’t think I will ever get to visit all the places I want to see.

2. I cannot survive without coffee; chocolate comes second, right after coffee.

3. I’d rather work ‘till late in the night than wake up early in the morning.

4. Objectively speaking, I have too many shoes; but I still don’t trust this ‘objective’ voice, as I’m pretty sure I don’t have enough.

5. Literature has always played an important part in my life.

6. I’m too stubborn for my own good.

7. I find cooking to be relaxing, unless somebody badgers me into doing it.

8. I love the sea, but I hate swimming.

9. I never give money to beggars, but I do give them food.

10. I cannot stand narrow-minded people.


These are only ten of the many beautiful blogs that deserve this award:











Once more, thank you, Linda! And I hope all of you enjoy your award and pass it on to other bloggers you appreciate.

The Liebster Award


Update – May 30th 2015

I need to take a moment to thank yet another wonderful blogger for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Thank you, Laura! Stop by and take a look at what she has to share with the world!

Liebster Award Update – April 22nd

I have to add another thank you note, as I just got nominated for the Liebster Award again. Thank you, , I appreciate it and I wish I had the time to write a separate post on this occasion! She and her beautiful blog have just won the award and they certainly deserve it, so pay her a visit! 🙂

The Easter Bunny has arrived early this year and he has left me two amazing surprises amongst all those beautifully coloured eggs: two nominations for two lovely awards! As any busy do-gooder, the Easter Bunny has trusty helpers and I would like to thank them for delivering these surprising gifts to me – in a chronological order, no favouritisms 🙂

The first pleasant surprise of the day was the Liebster Award and I would like to thank petermoulding for nominating me.

Now… there are a few rules that need taken into account when receiving such a nomination:

I. Thank the blogger who gives it.

II. Answer 11 questions he / she asks.

III. Nominate 11 more bloggers for the award.

IV. Ask these 11 bloggers 11 questions.

V. Let the bloggers know that you have nominated them.

I. The first one – thanking the person who nominated you – is common sense, as far as I’m concerned. Once more, thank you for your appreciation! It’s always a delight to stop by and browse through all the wonderful photos and more!

II. Here are my answers to the 11 questions I’ve been asked:

1. What was the inspiration behind your blog title?

I can’t say I have such an inspired, original blog title. I wanted to keep it simple, because I started this blog as a personal challenge. What was meant to be a brief presentation of a book has evolved into something else…

2. What is your favourite book and why?

It’s not easy to choose just one book, but if I must… Franz Kafka’s The Castle has always had a special place in my heart. Kafka is a good refuge whenever the daily nonsense of life becomes too hard to bear.

3. Name the happiest moment of your life so far…

Well… that’s not an easy one, is it? I would probably have to say it was that fresh start I managed to offer myself years and years ago. I know, it’s a bit cryptic, but the question is too personal for my taste J

4. How many times have you watched your favourite movie, and what is it?

Too many times to remember. Gone with the Wind has always been my feel-good movie.

5. If you had a choice to be in a different city tomorrow, what city would it be?

Another tough choice, but I think Paris would be my answer… at least for now.

6. A day trip to a big bustling city or a walk in the countryside?

It depends on my mood. Today… it would be the city.

7. Do you have any influences, who or what are they?

There are a couple of persons I know too well and I can say I loathe, so I strive to be nothing like them.

8. If you could travel back in time, where would you want to be?

I’d like to give those roaring twenties a try, see if they’re worthy of the legendary tales they inspired.

9. Pictures taken from an old camera or a modern digital camera?

I’m not fussy about this matter; pictures are mainly memories to me, I generally like them for what they mean to me and not for their quality, so whatever sort of camera I have access to is just fine.

10. Why travel?

Why not? There’s no better way to experience and discover different cultures and people. It makes me feel alive and it’s an opportunity to constantly learn new things, both about myself and others.

11. How long did it take for you to write up this post?

I didn’t really time it, it wasn’t one fluent effort; I guess it adds up to about half an hour or so.


III. Here are my 11 nominees:













IV. 11 questions for you (I’ll try not to be too intrusive):

1. What three places describe you best?

2. There must be an author or book close to your heart; would you like to share this information with us?

3. What is you dream destination, that mysterious place you always wanted to visit?

4. Where did you spend the nicest vacation?

5. What historical period would be best suited for your personality?

6. Do you identify yourself with any artist(s), and if so, with whom?

7. What nice memory from your childhood would you like to share with us?

8. What’s the greatest satisfaction you derive from blogging?

9. What are three of the most important principles you try to observe in life?

10. Do you like to plan everything or are you a spontaneous person?

11. What do you prefer: a good book or a good movie?

I’m looking forward to reading your answers and finding out what other bloggers you nominate for this award!

The Versatile Blogger Award

versatile blogger award

I came home to quite a pleasant surprise this afternoon: apparently somebody not only enjoyed my ramblings on various topics, but they also found that I was worthy of being nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you, Frankie! You’re a kind soul! Incidentally, you can stop by his place anytime, he’s always hospitable, ready to share his thoughts and has a great sense of humor:

Now… if only I had known in advance… here I am, receiving this honor and no new outfit for the occasion! The horror! Oh well… I guess I’ll have to make do with what I’ve got… at least I had my hair done this afternoon; but if my purse doesn’t match my dress, it’s all your fault, Frankie!

It seems that the protocol requires me to share 7 random facts about myself. I guess I can take care of this aspect, now that I can’t do anything more to save my outfit for this award ceremony.

1. I cannot survive without coffee (clearly it must be important, since it’s the first thing that comes to my mind…); chocolate comes second, right after coffee.

2. Objectively speaking, I have too many shoes; but I still don’t trust this ‘objective’ voice, as I’m pretty sure I don’t have enough.

3. Literature has always played an important part in my life, especially when I was a child.

4. I find cooking to be relaxing, unless somebody badgers me into doing it (i.e. my mother, whenever she visits).

5. I love the sea, but I hate swimming.

6. I never give money to beggars, but I do give them food.

7. I cannot stand narrow-minded people.

Now… this is the difficult part: choosing more nominees for the award. First of all, I’m not entirely sure how many there should be; second of all, I still haven’t managed to get used to how many talented people there are around here. But here goes, I’m closing my eyes and picking some of my favourites in no particular order: – I often wonder how many hours there are in her days, since she manages to do so many wonderful things; – his photographs are beautiful and he always cheers us up with the funny videos he
shares. – lovely stories and photographs; – I admire the courage it takes to share certain personal matters; – interesting challenges and really nice photographs; – he is not afraid to state his opinions; – in case you can’t understand introverts, this is the place that clarifies everything (I hope this nomination isn’t too much of a social bother 😉 ); – the stories are hilarious; – book reviews and not only (what will The  Literary Girlfriend do next?); – a great place for book reviews.

I think I should stop here, not because these are all the great people and blogs, but simply because this award winning diva is starting to feel how exhausting her week has been. Have a nice weekend, all of you out there!