Liebster Award Nomination!

I was recently nominated for the Liebster blogger award by Modest M3 (aka Widaad). I’m super excited about this nomination, and grateful to Widaad for the nomination. Widaad and I have been following each other on social media for years now, and I’ve always been inspired by her photography, amazing fashion sense and beautiful personality. She is from Toronto, and although we haven’t met in person, (we ALMOST did haha), I have been to Toronto many times to visit family and I’m sure I will return there soon and meet her.

Widaad is a fairly new blogger, and blogs about everything from modest fashion, food, faith, DIY and documenting her travels. There’s a bit of everything for everyone.

Check her out here!!

Here are the answers to the questions asked by Widaad.

1/ When did you decide to start your blog and why?

I started my blog in July 2015 – I’ve just hit my one year anniversary! I was travelling to Montreal as part of my PhD studies, and thought it would be cool to document my adventures and experiences for friends and family to see. Since I returned, I’ve continued to blog, and really enjoy it!

2/ What is your best travel memory?

During the summer of 2012, my immediate family and all my cousins from my mothers side travelled to Ethiopia. We all stayed at my grandmas house for 6 weeks and it was just the most amazing holiday I have ever experienced.

3/ How often do you travel?

I try to travel abroad every few months. This year I’ve travelled abroad to Morocco, Ethiopia and will be going to Germany next month.

4/ Who is your biggest travel inspiration?

A fellow PhD student in my lab, Malti, is an avid traveller (yes, worse than me)! She inspired me to take short holidays to destinations that I would have otherwise thought needed weeks of time off. Instead, Malti travels to Japan/Thailand etc. for a week, and has opened the doors for me to travel further and widen my horizons.

5/ If you can move anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would need to move to a place that has a similar culture to London. I appreciate the organisation, structure and freedom that London offers. I would say either Melbourne or Toronto would be top on my list!

6/ What is the best food you’ve ever had and where?

Ah! This question has brought back some serious food memories. I would say a food called ‘Fatira’ that I had in Ethiopia. It is a type of bread/pancake that is coated with egg (or meat). YUM!

7/ What is the most challenging thing you’ve done?

MY PHD. Everyday is a challenge, but it’s all part of the process and I love it.

8/ What is your favourite place so far?

I would have to say Fes, Morocco! I absolutely loved the culture, people and food of Fes, and would most definitely return one day.

9/ What place(s) is on top of my bucket list?

I don’t even need to think about this! I am dying to go to Santorini, Greece – I have plans for later this year or early 2017 hopefully. Also, I have never been to Asia and would love to go to Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and Singapore to visit the small islands and learn more about their cultures.

10/ What was your most embarrassing moment while travelling?

When I was in Rome, someone said ‘Bonjourno’ and I replied with Bonjour, thinking they were the same thing. My Italian friend later told me that they were two very different things.

11/ What do you hope people will learn about the world by reading your blog?

I hope that people will see how many corners of the world there are and that there are no limits to where we can adventure and explore. I also want to show people that travelling cheap, and light, are a possibility. Holidays don’t need to be reserved for those that are rich. If booked early enough, a return ticket to Morocco (from London) can cost as low as £50.

I really enjoyed answering these questions, and I nominate anyone who reads these to answer them too!

– A Y –


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