We have been nominated to the Liebster Award!

We were just nominated for the Liebster Award. We got this nomination from Cecilie at No-Backpacker and I will recommend every one to visit her travel blog. Thanks to Cecilie for nominating us.

patty-liebsterCecilie at No-Backpacker have put together some questions for us to answer and she has also explained the rules as follows: “The essence is that the Liebster Award is similar to the good, old chain-letters and the point is to get to know relatively new and small bloggers. You will be nominated by another blogger and you pass the nomination further to one, or as many as you feel for. When you accept the nomination, you have to thank the blogger who nominated you, answer a set of questions (10 or 11), make new questions and pass the questions to the one, or those, you give the nomination to”. So here are my answers:

1. What do you do, besides writing your travel blog?

Me doing the latest finishes on a commision at a car dealer.
Me doing the latest finishes on a commision at a car dealer.

I am a textile artist and you can see some of my work on my personal website: www.bentevoldklausen.no. I am also the founder and co-owner of Quiltemagasinet, the largest quilt magazine in Scandinavia. The magazine is my main job and takes most of my time. I do nearly everything – make some of the models, write instructions, do all the photography, make some instructional videos, make the layout and make every thing ready for the printer, and then there is some office work as well . . . www.quiltemagasinet.no In connection with the magazine I also have a blog about sewing and whatever I find interesting at the moment: www.qmblogg.no I love gardening in my very small garden where I have managed to squeeze in a small green house. I like literature and am a member of a reading group, only female artists. Imagine how much fun we have!

2. What is your favorite place/country and why?

I have several favorite places but if I have to choose only one I will pick Uganda. I have only been there once and it was the trip of my life! We were 7 friends travelling together and our ultimate goal was mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park. I have written a post about that: Bwindi National Park We spent 2 weeks in Uganda, mostly in the western part of the country. Uganda is the most beautiful country I have ever visited. The landscape is extremely lush and green with rain forest, high mountains and great national parks. I am certainly going back soon. I love safaris and for me Uganda was the ultimate safari experience, better than Kenya and Tanzania. I also liked the capitol Kampala, we stayed there for 2 days and it felt safe to walk around the city at daytime.

Mountain gorilla in Bwindi National Park.
Mountain gorilla in Bwindi National Park.

3. Are there places you would never go back to, why?

I don’t think there is such a place! But I have to admit that India has so far not been on my wish list. I lived in India for 1 year when I was nine and some memories are not very nice. We lived in a small fishing village in Kerala because my father is a social anthropologist and was doing field work. I have 2 younger brothers and the 3 of us played with the village children and ran freely around to my mother`s great anxiety. We came very close to village life and experiencing a famine during that year was hard to understand for us kids. I know that I should go back to that village and there are still people living there that remember us kids and I should visit them soon. I am working on my motivation, trying to overcome my reluctions. I know t is not logical; it is all about emotions and in my head!

4. Are you an adventurous eater, what are the strangest things you have eaten?

Sheep heads hanging to dry.
Sheep`s head hanging to dry.

My husband is an adventurous eater, but I end up in the middle. I have eaten some strange stuff in Zimbabwe like chicken legs and they tasted delicious. I am not the kind of person that eats ants, beetles or rats. Not out of principle, but I just do not find it appealing. Then we do have some strange food in Norway that many people will find disgusting. Read this post to learn more: Sheep`s head is traditional food in Norway.

5. Do you collect anything when you are traveling?

Yes I do collect African traditional art and craft, special masks and items made out of calabashes. Sometimes we have quite a lot of luggage going back home! As a textile art I also buy a lot of traditional textiles when I am travelling. I love all kinds of hand dyed and printed textiles. This is also an inspiration for me as an artist.

6. What is the most luxurious hotel you have ever stayed at?

Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

Hard question. Normally we do not stay at the very top luxurious hotels, we try to find nice and appealing accommodation for a reasonable prize. I love Fairmont Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, we have stayed there 3 times and the last time we were upgraded to a suite. The hotel has a lot of charm and class and the garden is a perfect retreat after a day in the city. Even if it is quite expensive, I would never stay in any other hotel in Nairobi, and for the record, I have no benefits from promoting them!

7. Tell me about a journey that you remember better than others!

Our first trip to Morocco was the first trip Per and I did to Africa together and the first trip we planned all by our self. We went before Christmas and stayed well after New Year, nearly 3 weeks travelling around in Morocco. Every day was a new experience and on that trip we realized that we both loved the desert and that we preferred to travel on our own. I have written about this trip in: Morocco from Coast to Desert. I could have said Morocco when asked about my favorite country. I really love Morocco and we still have places we have not visited. This Easter we explored the southern part of Morocco, all the way down to Tarfaya. Next time to Morocco we will have to se more of the North.

Great desert mountains in Morocco.
Great desert mountains in Morocco.

8. If I were going to your city, what would you recommend me to see, do, where to stay etc?

Fredrikstad old fortified town.
Fredrikstad old fortified town.

We live in Fredrikstad, a small city in Norway situated on the coast not far from the boarder to Sweden. I would recommend you to visit us in summer and we would take you out into the archipelago where we have nice beaches and a lot of cultural offers, everything from small galleries and craft shops to an amazing sculpture park with international artists. Fredrikstad is a summer city and the riverside promenade is packed with people at every restaurant if the weather is nice. Fredrikstad is a very popular holiday area and a lot of people from other parts of the country have summerhouses here. Fredrikstad has a City Ferry running between different parts of town, and it’s free! I would love to take you to the Moon Festival. This is a rock festival arranged every summer in the old part of Fredrikstad, Gamlebyen. This old part is across the river and is the best-preserved fortified town in northern Europe. Gamlebyen is not a museum, but a small, old and beautiful place where people live normal lives and where you can visit art and craft shops, galleries, have lunch or dinner or hang out listening to music in the evenings. You can read more about the Moon Festival here: Moon Festival in Fredrikstad. Fredrikstad is an old industrial town and the people are known to be friendly and easy to connect with. I my self moved to Fredrikstad as an adult and have never had any problems getting to know new people. I would recommend you to stay at some of the small hotels rather than in the bigger hotel chains.

City Ferry in Fredrikstad.
City Ferry in Fredrikstad.

9. Do you miss anything when you are traveling, what?

I very seldom miss anything! But I always love coming home to my own bed. Travelling is great; coming back home is also great. I love the combination and for me it is essential to have a safe base back home. I have to admit that I always bring some Norwegian food with me when travelling, just something to make the breakfast more like I am used to. Come to think about it, I miss good milk for breakfast many places.

10. What is your next destination(s)?

In September we are visiting friends in Althea in Spain for a week, during the Christians and Moors Festival. Then we are going to Iran in February 2015 with friends. We started planning this trip some months ago and it is very exciting! But in between, we will probably spend Christmas and New Year in Dakar, Senegal. I have for some time wanted to stay in a big African city over time. Dakar is a multicultural city with a lot to offer for people interested in all kinds of art and music.

 

My nominations and questions – take the challenge!

I nominate the following blogs:

Tharik Hussain at The Wandering Muselman

Henriette Gran Myreng at coffee in a cup

Doria Garms-Sotelo at Doria Travels the World

And here are the questions:

1. Why did you stat a travel blog and has it turned out as you expected?

2. What is your favorite place/country and why?

3. Who are your top-3 travel bloggers?

4. What is the strangest thing that have ever happened to you on your travels?

5. Do you collect anything when you are traveling?

6. What is the most luxurious hotel or the most charming hotel you have ever stayed at?

7. Tell me about a journey that you remember better than others!

8. If I was going to your city, what would you recommend me to see, do, where to stay etc?

9. What is your biggest fear when you travel?

10. What is your next destination(s)?

Happy writing my fellow travel-bloggers and take it as serious as you want to!

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