October 18, 2015

EXPAT LIFE: SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGER AWARD

A picture from my very first flight - to Madrid


When Irene from Away From Tenerife nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award I was on a little break from this blog so I hope she won't mind the delay! I have been following her blog for quite some time now and I feel like we bonded over our connection to Antwerp from the start. I really enjoyed reading her answers to these questions, so here it goes. Thanks for the nomination Irene!

1. Why did you start blogging?
I had a blog before I ever started this one, because I love writing. But I was always most productive when blogging involved travelling, like during the semester I spent studying in London or my first visits to the US. It's still nice to look back at those posts and relive the memories. Snowflakes in California was born in much the same way after I moved to California in 2013 and felt the need to write about this big change in my life. Writing it all down strangely does make it easier to process.

2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 
Gosh, that's a tough one. Up until recently I would have said London. Without a doubt. But moving to this big country with lots of nature (and yes I realize the California I've been living in might not necessarily be considered as the big open space, but compared to what I'm used to it is) has made me fall in love with and cherish the ruggedness you can still find here. More importantly it has made me realize how many more places there are that I'll never be able to fall in love with. So choosing is very difficult; maybe somewhere along the Oregon coast? Or in the middle of nowhere in beautiful Scotland (even though I've never been there)? Or just in plain old Flanders along the river where my grandparents used to live?

In Cologne

3. What is the best piece of travel advice you have ever received? 
Do what the locals do. It's my mom's motto - next to never keep all your important documents in the same place! - & it's solid advice. You'll find the best places in town and avoid all the tourist traps. Although, with smartphones and the internet nowadays it is a bit easier to look up where to go or what to avoid compared to when she was younger.

4. Where did you have your best meal ever?
Honestly, it's been almost four years since I met the other love of my life: the famous California Breakfast Burrito. And I'm still hooked. But the overall best food I ever had was the one served at our wedding prepared by a chef from San Diego. Best $$$ ever spent.


5. What is your most memorable holiday or trip? That would have to be my first visit to London. Apparently I was already seventeen (!!) when I first visited that amazing city - I just found that out by looking at the pictures. It was rainy and warm (worst combination if you ask me) so my hair looked horrible in every single picture. Oh, and my purse was stolen, so we spent half of the time at the Belgian Embassy. But it was worth it. A close second is the road trip Nick took me on during my first visit to the US. Both trips really changed me.

6. What is the one thing you cannot live without when travelling? 
A camera. Not that I have a good one (thank goodness for smartphones) but I was always the 'photographer' of the family. And luckily Nick has a decent one that I can steal borrow when necessary.

7. Is there a souvenir you always take home from your travels?
Not really. I really wish I had some sort of tradition when it comes to that. My mom used to bring my sister and me a pair of earrings from a local shop whenever she traveled somewhere for work. I always really liked that idea.



La Jolla


8. Who is your go-to travel buddy? 
Nick, the one who puts up with all of my chaos and crazy demands. I usually pick cities, while he picks hikes. But it always works out perfectly. Or at least he hasn't complained so far...

9. Are you a spontaneous traveler or do you prefer to plan everything in advance? 
Definitely spontaneous. Not that I necessarily want to be, but I'm just really bad at outlining where I want to go. I usually miss some important must-sees or I discover places I would have wanted to see after we've returned, but at least it gives you a reason to go back!

10. Where are you traveling next?
Hopefully Belgium again! I'm planning on doing some more discovering in my home country, because there's never enough time for that. It's the never ending expat conflict I guess? I would also really like to plan a trip to Colorado or Alaska in the new year, we'll see!

I don't exactly know what the rules are here, but I'm guessing it's my turn to nominate some awesome bloggers to answer these questions:


Holly of Full of Beans and Sausages
Emily of Em Busy Living
Jae of Scatterbrain
Marla of A Weekend Crossing

Hope you had a great weekend! 

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