Liebster Blog Award

We are so honored that Alli Blair of Alli Blair’s Travel Blog nominated us to receive the Liebster Blog Award! Since it’s Travel Tuesday here at The Harrises of Chicago, we chose to share the award today since all of the questions we were to answer were travel based.   This award comes with some simple homework:

  1. share 11 random facts about yourself
  2. answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you
  3. nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 questions

Our Random Facts:
1) Far too often our conversations are intertwined with lines from our favorite movies – usually Boomerang.
2) We don’t own a car — and LOVE IT!
3) Though we grew up on opposite coasts, we’ve shared the same favorite NFL team since we were children – San Francisco 49ers!
4) In the last few months, we’ve become mostlegans 🙂  Yes, we created that word.  It’s short for mostly vegan.
5) Sing Soft Kitty to each other when the other isn’t feeling well.
6) Our favorite cuisines: Ethiopian and Italian.
7) We juice EVERY MORNING!
8) Documentary watchers.
9) Proud 70’s babies, even though we barely made the cut.
10) We indulge in Kara’s Cupcakes each time we travel to the SF Bay Area.  (We will now have to request a vegan version.)
11) Love, love, LOVE The Big Bang Theory!!!

Our Answers for Alli:
1) What is your favorite part upon returning home after your travels?
A shower to wash the airplane germs away followed by the unmatched peace of our home.

2) Do you prefer traveling alone or with some company?
It depends on the expectations of the trip.  If the goal is relaxation, then traveling with a group is fun.  If we have huge desires to see all that a destination has to offer, it’s sometimes easier to navigate an area with less companions.

3) What was the funniest thing you have ever seen while traveling?
When we traveled to D.C. for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, we walked past a trash can overflowing with empty coffee cups.  A radius of several feet surrounded the filled trash can with more coffee cups.  This image spoke volumes on several levels: one, people were up very early to mark their spot to watch the inauguration; two, it was freezing cold necessitating the consumption of hot beverages; and three, the people present had no desire to leave the host city in a worst condition and did their best to leave their trash as close to the receptacle as possible.     

4) What are the best and worst foods you’ve had while traveling overseas?
In Argentina, there’s no denying empanadas and chimichurri anything!  In Ghana, the jollof rice, fufu and grilled prawns are simply delicious.  We have yet to have anything internationally that we didn’t enjoy.  Though not overseas, we were highly disappointed with Memphis BBQ.

5) Have you ever had a romantic encounter abroad?
Ahem . . .

6) What is a moment you were absolutely speechless because of the sight in front of you?
Standing in the West African slave dungeons at Cape Coast and Elmina rendered me absolutely speechless.  There’s no way to not be overcome with emotions when standing in the very place where my ancestors faced many horrors, separation and death.

Most recently, we were rendered speechless when standing in front of the Lorraine Hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

7) Have you ever been really embarrassed or misunderstood while traveling?
We can’t say that we have.

8) Have you ever participated in a cultural festival in a particular country? If no, which one would you like to be a part of?
Though not a cultural festival, per se, I traveled to Ghana in 2007 to celebrate the country’s 50th independence from British rule.  It was an amazing week filled with culture and history.  We would love to attend a Caribbean music festival.

9) Do you speak any other languages? If no, which ones would you want to learn?
I speak some Spanish and Italian.  My desire is to become completely conversational in both.

10) What is your biggest travel faux-pas?
When I’ve traveled internationally with people from the States, some of my companions are surprised by my insatiable desire to converse with locals as well as depart from the most traveled areas to get a real feel of the area.  This is deemed more of a faux-pas by people from the U.S. and not of the natives of the location we visit.

11) What are some of your unique quirks that either help or hinder you on your travels?
I’m a planner and researcher through and through, which allows us to take full advantage of the time we have when we travel.  I do ensure to include rest time:)

Our 11 Questions for our Nominees:
1) What is your favorite destination?
2) Are you multi-lingual?  If so, which languages do you speak in addition to English?
3) Where is the one place you MUST visit?
4) Good or bad – what surprised you most about a location you visited?
5) Do you prefer well-planned or improvised travel excursions?
6) To which location is the farthest destination you’ve traveled?
7) What are the top 5 items on your bucket list?
8) What do you most dislike about traveling?
9) What do you love most about traveling?
10) Have you ever lived outside of your birth country?  If so, where?  If not, could you imagine doing so?
11) Do you mix service projects with your travels?

Our 11 Nominees:
1) Girl and Her Pink Backpack
2) Leanne Cole Photography
) Conceiving Wynell
4) 1001 Scribbles
5) Winstone Photography
6) NuVote Reach
7) Kolby Skidmore
8) A Beautiful Day
9) Life Out of the Box
10) Add Grain on Earth
11) Sesi Mag