Surprises while traveling…we have all had them. As a matter of fact you expect them, sometimes even wish for them. Good ones put a big smile on your face. Bad ones, well you just have to grin and bear it.
Have you ever discovered that your passports are still in the safe of your last hotel? No problem…call the hotel, turn around and drive back. Just remember to do a lot of smiling, say that the hour drive back could have been worse and keep saying that you are sorry.
Have you ever bought tickets to go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and then found out that the elevator is not available that day and you have to climb 284 steps to see the incredible view. No problem…start walking. Try not to have a panic attack after you look down the center of the spiral staircase when you are about at the top. If said attack happens, have someone drag you the rest of the way to the top. The view is worth it.
How about the nice surprises. The wonderful antique that you spy in a little shop window and you make a purchase that is half the price of what you thought it would be.
You rent a midsize German car and are given a new, top of the line Mercedes Benz for the same price.
These surprises have all happened to me. On my husband’s and my last trip, I received two surprises that I certainly wasn’t expecting…both putting a big smile on my face. I was to receive two blogging awards from my peers. I was nominated by The Blooming Reverend and Outtakes on the Outskirts for the Versatile Blogger Award and by Bits and Breadcrumbs and From the Bartolini Kitchens for the Liebster Blog Award.
I really appreciate that my blog was considered for these awards. It amazes me how many people visit my blog each day considering that I haven’t been blogging that long. It is always such a pleasure when readers leave a comment. Now I get to pass the awards on to fellow bloggers as a thank you. There is a problem in that many of the blogs that I read already have received these awards…so I can only say congratulations to them.
There are rules for the Versatile Blogger Award. (1) I must list 7 random things about myself that you don’t know and (2) nominate 15 bloggers to receive the award.
Did you know?
(1) I am petite, a little under 5 feet. (2) I am as comfortable on horseback as I am on the backseat of a Harley Davidson. (3) I am afraid of heights when it pertains to high buildings (see above panic attack). (4) When young, I wouldn’t eat egg rolls because I thought they had eggs in them. (5) I almost fell over backwards in a restaurant because I didn’t want to put the calamari (no little legs) in my mouth that my husband was trying to get me to taste. (6) I like to have a glass of wine at dinner. (7) I eat one small chocolate every night.
I have a wonderful group of bloggers on my blogroll. You have probably discovered them already but if you haven’t, please check their blogs and help spread the word. I now get to pass on the Versatile Blogger Award. If you have received the award already or it is not your thing – sorry. In no particular order:
(1) with a glass, (2) Teresa Blackburn’s “food on fifth” Blog, (3) stepping my way to bliss, (4) Emily’s Photography Blog, (5) Promenade Plantings, (6) Lulu’s Musings, (7) Mangos chili and Z , (8) Roslyn Street Cafe, (9) Travel with Laughter, (10) Wives with Knives, (ll) The Orange Bee, (12) Hot, Cheap and Easy, (13) La Table De Nana, (14) Lavender and Lime, (15) Cabinet Stew.
The Liebster Blog Award goes to five bloggers that you want to recognize as up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. You link to who awarded you, list your five blogs and contact them on their blog. I want to pass this award to the following:
There are so many blogs that I would have liked to have added to both awards. Hopefully you will enjoy reading bloggers from my blogroll and from the ones listed for these awards.