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Winning the Liebster Award

Hello all, it is time for the Liebster Award! Not that I am a new blogger any longer with my nearly four years writing about my crazy mother-in-law but I think I am still considered a “small blogger” so it still fits.

Anna Sherchand from annasherchand.com nominated me for this Award. She is a fellow blogger who has already done some serious travels around the world and writes now about her experiences. She just started recently with blogging and in her blog posts you can see some of her amazing pictures.

Now what is The Liebster Award ?
“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved or dearest. It is an online recognition in form of virtual award which started in 2011 passed on by bloggers to fellow bloggers for enjoying and valuing their work. The idea is to recognize the effort and give credit.

Dresden back in July of 2016


My Answers to Anna’s questions:

1.Are you an Introvert or Extrovert?

I am pretty much an Introvert. I  prefer staying at home and I could go days without talking while feeling perfectly normal. This is probably due to my Finnish roots. There you can go on a full bus and you will only hear the engine, no one speaks!


  1. How has that (answer to #1) changed the way you travel?

To be honest I never travelled on my own much. In my youth all my travels were basically either to my parent’s summer cottage in Finland or they happened due to swimming camps or competitions around Europe. In the past years I did some travelling with my wife to China and some European countries. In those we always preferred doing everything on our own and try to relax away from other people. Of course there were exceptions like when we had those terrible tourist group tours in China

  1. What is your favorite, unique travel experience? Did you plan it, or did it just happen?

I guess it is when we went to Prague last autumn. We did plan on going there but we didn’t decide on what to do there at all before arriving. Those three days were wonderful and we would love to go there again.
4. If attached, how do you stay at peace on the road?  If not attached, how do you date on the road?

Haha, I would say that our time is usually pretty peaceful when going around. The only times when we might have some arguments it is always, always about the food!

The best food you find where no tourists usually go and only the locals know about
  1. Where would you want to live the rest of your life and why?

This is really a hard question to answer and right now I really don’t know.

  1. What are few of your travel tips to save money?

The best way is usually by avoiding to buy anything at or near tourist hot spots. Go a few streets further,  food and drinks can be there in many countries easily half the price!

  1. Are you planning on working 9-5 again or keep travelling until your money runs out?

Now as we have a family with our second child soon arriving we prefer saving up our money. We have our own business so theoretically we could go on travels whenever we want (we did have few travels last year) but we always have to consider that we pretty much don’t earn anything when abroad.

  1. How much of your time is spent on writing new posts, versus promotion on social media?

I spent much more time on articles. All promotion I might do just happens when I feel like it and consists usually only some pictures or links to other bloggers.

  1. What made you break the norm and become a traveler?

When we do travel it is because life is just too boring at home. Last year we went as a family to several cities in Germany, to China, Finland and last but not least to the Czech Republic. Sure we are not the biggest travelers around but I’d say that this is pretty okay.

  1. What is your biggest fear?

That I fail to protect and help my family.

  1. What 3 books changed your life positively?

Too many books to consider! I am a person who prefers reading whole “Epic Tales” consisting of many books. I’d say “The Lord of the Rings”, “Malazan Book of the Fallen”, and “Wheel of Time” have to be most important books that also changed some of my view towards the world.

Lord of the Rings, should read it again I guess


Now that I answered more or less successfully Anna’s questions I nominate the following blogs and hope they are able to accept them.


Your (11) Questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging
  2. How does blogging and connecting to other bloggers change/ help you?
  3. What are your favorite topics to write about?
  4. In which country do you see yourself living in ten years?
  5. Couch or Sports?
  6. A good Book or TV?
  7. What would you do with 1 Million Euros (or Dollars, whatever you prefer…)
  8. How long do you prepare for a blog post?
  9.  Your worst experience with blogging
  10. What is your hobby with which you find some peace?
  11. Last but not least: Would you ever dare to try Surströmming?

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award and you choose to accept it:

  1. Display the award on your blog and write a post about the award.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog.  Tell the reader a little about your nominator.
  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award.
  5. Give the nominees 11 questions to answer on their blog.
  6. List these rules in your post.
  7. Notify the nominees of the Liebster Award and ask if they would be happy to accept? If so, send them a link to your post.


Hello all I have great news. Just this morning I received the notification that I have won in the NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2015 in the Best Personal Blog Category. Imagine what a great boost for the day this award was for me!



I remember when I was nominated earlier this year but I did not get around writing about it due to too many things going on in my life. However now things are going on a better for me so I think I will also create a new section on my blog regarding the awards I have been nominated for during the past years.

Anyways enough of me, please do check out Nepaliaustralian’s Blog and all other blogs which have won in the different categories. I want to thank her for creating the award and all others who nominated me and voted for me.


Be sure to follow me also on Facebook and on Twitter as I will post there occasionally pictures which do not find their way into my blog posts. Furthermore I also have a YouTube Channel in which some videos might pop up from time to time





Blogger Recognition Award

I must thank Somnath from The Traveloholic for this nomination. It is the first award for me in 2016 and  besides that I think it is so interesting to see how the readers of this blog can be found all over the world.  Check out Somnaths blog about his travel adventures and I do hope to read more stories there again soon.






Here are the rules of the Blogger Recognition Award:

Rule 1: Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Rule 2: Provide a link to the award creator.

Rule 3: Attach the award to your post.

Rule 4: Nominate fifteen other bloggers, excluding yourself and the person who nominated you.

Rule 5: Write a brief story of how you started your blog.

Rule 6: A piece or two of advice to new bloggers.

Rule 7: Comment on the blogs you have named here to let them know you have nominated them.

My nominees:

Oh gosh this part is never easy!

  1. The Fourth Continent
  2. Betty Has a Panda
  3. Sue’s Fabulous Travels
  4. Our Chinese Wedding
  5. Skipping Customs
  6. Two Americans in China
  7. NepaliAustralian
  8. Marta Lives in China
  9. My Hong Kong Husband
  10. Japan Can(ada)Mix
  11. Kyrosmagica
  12. Takeshi’s Flight
  13. China IQ
  14. Englishman in Italy
  15. Ray Hecht

How I started my blog:

I started this blog to get all the crazy stories I experienced with my Chinese in-laws out of my head. Over the years many weird things have piled up and this blog is a perfect “therapy” to survive this madness.


Death is lighter than a feather, Duty is heavier than a mountain!

Okay perhaps I try another advice: Take your time as all good things in life need time to develop.


Be sure to follow me also on Facebook and on Twitter as I will post there occasionally pictures which do not find their way into my blog posts. Furthermore I also have a YouTube Channel in which some videos might pop up from time to time