Liebster Liebster Liebster…I am thankful and clueless

The strangest thing happened this morning. My phone beeped while I was in the car listening to Carla Bruni and swearing in my head against the usual Monday Morning jam: it was ladyofthecakes messaging about a nomination for the Liebster Award. I was thrown in panic: there are rules, and things to do, and a link to open. I am the least practical person on earth, rarely understand rules (Italian genes, you know…) and panic whenever I have to follow a ritual. But I am thankful for this nomination, which follows the one I received by Miss Fanny P. a few days ago (and didn’t properly understand, sorry if I didn’t post about it).

Ok, so I copy and paste from ladyofthecakes the rules:

• Post the award on your blog
• Thank the blogger presenting you with this award and provide a link back to their blog
• You then need to write 11 random facts about yourself
• One good turn deserves another, meaning, you then need to find 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers who you think are deserving of the award so that you can then nominate them! In other words, keep the love going!
• Finally, the award presenter will ask 11 questions of you which you need to answer and then you, in turn, ask your nominees 11 questions, and so it goes.

Here we go:

1. Image

2.I have been nominated by two great bloggers: ladyofthecakes, a very English sounding German who speaks more languages than Mata Hari and lives in Toledo. She knows absolutely everything about food (and I just found out why in her last post) and feels sometimes lost in translation as I do. Miss Fanny P is a London raised Italian who went back to her home country with a Russian husband and two multilingual kids, she writes with a lot of humour about motherhood, marriage and cultural crashes. Thank you both, ladies, I love reading you!

3. Eleven facts about myself, very randomly:

1. I love dogs. I grew up with them and couldn’t conceive life without a 4 legged friend. My current dog is a Boxer and I consider her my firstborn daughter.

2. I have never been in a long term relationship before getting married. And that happened after less than a month actually spent together.

3. I love feeding people. Nothing makes me happier than a huge table filled with family and friends and a sunny Sunday eating together.

4.I struggle with the material world: paying bills, organizing a trip, taking an appointment, fixing stuff are impossible tasks for me. I tend to delegate that whenever I can and when I am obliged to do something related to everyday administration I get very stressed out.

5.My favorite writer of all times is Leo Tolstoy.

6. My favorite actor and ultimate sex symbol is Colin Firth. I guess I like conservative guys who make good husband material

7.Greece is my favorite country. I frankly consider the possibility of having lived previous lives there.

8.I have dejà-vu all the time. Unfortunately I discovered it’s only a trick that your brain plays on you.

9. I am an utterly rational person. The only irrationality I concede my self is a passion for astrology.

10. I am a huge Downton Abbey fan and I totally relate to the character of Lady Mary.

11. Peonies and cherries are my June obsession.

4. 11 blogs I nominate for the award:

1.Jumble is the journal of an American living in China. It’s a super interesting chronicle of the Far East life and habits.

2.A girl and her travels is the journal of an American girl living in Moscow. Plenty of beautiful pictures and interesting facts

3.Kiwigipsy is a very funny kiwi guy living in India

4.DIstantdrumlin tells of an English woman living in Bangalore

5.My Small Hours is a stylish blog with great pictures

6.Chez Sasha is a yummy food blog

7.Italy with Grace is a blog about an American living in Milan with her Italian husband and children. It’s…a graceful place, full of sweet stories.

8.5cities6women , in their own words “a metropolitan survival rant by 6 friends scattered around the country

9.South Pacific Journal A thai/canadian couple planning to sail to the South Pacific

I couldn’t come up with two more links, I am sorry. Most of the blogs I enjoy reading already have more than 200 followers. You’re too successful, guys!

And now I will answer ladyofthecakes’ questions:

1. If you had to choose between a snake and a spider as a pet, which would it be?

A snake, without doubts. Even the smallest spider makes me scream in panic.
2. When you were little, what was the meanest thing another kid ever did to you?

My cousin loved to tell everybody I was living “in a movie” and so not worth listening to. I still ache when I think of it. I always had a great imagination but why ill talking behind my back at age 6?

3. You’re King/Queen Of The World for a day. What’s the first law you would pass?

I’d love to say beautiful and generous things but truth is, I’d love to have forced exile for all the mean, petty people I know.
4. What was your most hated subject at school?

Math. And I regret it now.

5. If you could bring two historical figures together, who would it be and why? (They needn’t have lived at the same time.)

I’d love to see together Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi. They corresponded for some time, at the end of Tolstoy’s life and I would have loved to see them doing something great together.
6. What type of social occasion do you enjoy the least?

Seated dinners when people are boring or the food is bad. Otherwise I am an extremely social person, so I basically love going anywhere.
7. What is the most adventurous food you’ve ever tried?

Snake, in Vietnam. Tasted like chicken, just more chewy.
8. Sweet or savoury?

9. Which physical feature do you least appreciate inheriting from your either one of your parents?

sticking out ears, from my grandfather. (jumped a generation and got to me, my parents have perfectly nice ears)

10. Fast forward to age 75. What do you think you’d regret most not ever having done?

I hope nothing. There is still plenty of time to do a couple o’ things I really care about 🙂
11. Name one item/style of clothing that’s in fashion right now and that you just can’t stand the sight of. Or, if you’ve not been out recently, you can name something from a past era. The 80s usually provide rich pickings…

derby shoes. I wore them as a teenager. Enough is enough.

My 11 questions to my nominees:

1. What’s your middle name?

2. Best year of your life?

3. Greatest regret?

4. What would you call the most defining moment of your life?

5. What did your parents teach you that proved itself very useful later on?

6. What’s your favorite planet?

7. How would you like to die?

8.Who’s your favorite writer?

9. What country influenced you most?

10. Are you a country or city person?

11. Wine, beer or champagne?


  1. Oh my, that must have been one of the quickest posting responses to any Award nomination in WP history! And very amusing. Thanks for being such a good sport 🙂
    I shall check out your nominees when I get back from coffee and cake. Gotta keep my priorities in order.

      1. I think I took four weeks to get it done, coz it came only a few days after I accepted the One Lovely Blog award, so I had to pace myself a b it. Luckily, it says nowhere that those things expire. Just as well!

  2. Well deserved! I enjoy your blog so much. The more I read about you, the more you sound like some long lost twin although I am organized and practical to a fault. What’s the name of your boxer girl?

    1. She s called Galina. One of my Russian moments.
      As for twins: they usually show opposite dispositions, one shy, the other forward; one practical, the other messy..:-D

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