Hi everyone! It’s my first time participating in Ask Away Friday, hosted by some lovely woman bloggers: Tamara Like Camera, Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy of Uplifting Families, Stacey of This Momma’s Ramblings, and Amber of Bold Fit Mom. I found out about AAF via Tamara and am so excited to jump in to another little blogging community.
I’ve swapped questions with Amber of Bold Fit Mom, who has two young children and is completely dedicated to physical fitness. She’s such an inspiration to me, especially lately when I’ve been making a big effort to be more active. Head on over to her AAF post to see Amber’s answers to my questions!
1. First things first. You’re addicted to cameras, so what is the best one you would recommend? All I have to use is my iPhone and I’d really like something a little more…hmm…high tech.
I’ve heard that iPhones take really good pictures! I often wish that I had a smartphone/Android so I could take share-able pictures- hopefully someday soon. As for cameras, I have been a Canon girl since 2005 when I got my first digital camera (almost ten years!). The PowerShot series features great point-and-shoot cameras if you’re not looking for anything too fancy. I’m about to buy the Canon G12, which has the option of switching to manual settings and features a fantastic pop-out screen. I love the G series!
2. Where is one place that you haven’t yet traveled, but would really love to?
This is so hard, because I honestly want to travel everywhere and see the whole world! I would love to go to Southeast Asia. I’d love to see India, the Balkans, Antarctica, Kenya, Alaska, Cuba. All of South America. But realistically, the places I would love to travel to and most likely will next are London, England, and Cardiff, Wales. Andy is from the UK
and went to university just north of Cardiff, so he’s talked about it a lot and I can’t wait to visit with him.
So far, I’ve only traveled to the English Midlands. I can’t wait to see more of the UK!
3. Do you just like trying new foods when you travel or do you love cooking new foods also? I love trying new foods when I travel! I think that’s part of the fun: travel is all about getting out of your comfort zone and getting to know another culture and experience how other people live, and that includes eating. It isn’t always easy to find balanced vegetarian meals on the road, but I’ve learned to make do and be flexible when necessary.
Before cutting seafood out of my diet, I did fancy myself particularly adventurous when I ate octopus in Spain. I was surprised how much I liked it!
Octopus on the chopping block at a tapas bar in Barcelona, Spain
4. I think everyone deals with depression and anxiety at some point in their life. What are a couple of tips on how to deal with something like this?
I could talk for way too long about those two things! I’ve always been honest
about the fact that medication works for me, specifically Wellbutrin. But of course, medication is not for everyone. Therapy works, when it’s with the right person. Things like being out in nature, laughter, reducing stress, and getting the right amount of sleep (it’s different for everyone, but I need at least 7, preferably 8 hours) are all great ways to combat both depression and anxiety.
My birthday hike last year: resting at the top of Monument Mountain in western Massachusetts.
5. Italy!?!?! I’m so jealous right now. What was your favorite part of visiting there?
I’m not sure I could pick a favorite! Italy is the European country I’ve spent the most time in, and number two out of all the countries I’ve traveled to (number one is Costa Rica- I spent two continuous months there
). I like that I’ve been all over- on the coast and in the mountains, north, central, and south. I remember really liking Siena and Verona from my high school trip, but I’d have to say Cinque Terre was my favorite spot overall
When I think of Italy as a whole, I’m really attracted to the culture: language, architecture, food, art. So much of it is beautiful and/or delicious!
Bologna, Italy. Love those red rooftops!
6. You’ve probably eaten a lot of different foods, since you love to travel. What is the worst and best foods you have ever tried? I have loved almost everything I’ve eaten while traveling. I’ve been extraordinarily lucky to be surrounded by good food, or hosted by fantastic cooks.
Pasta with crème fraîche, gorgonzola and string beans in Caylus, France
But there was this one meal in Granada, Nicaragua- my first there, actually. It stunk! Some things taste good only because it’s been hours since you put anything in your mouth. I got off the bus my first day in Granada and desperately searched for something vegetarian, in no mood to be picky. This sandwich was on tasteless bread, filled with tasteless vegetables, and tasted like…condiments.
The light was nice though, wasn’t it?
7. Would you consider yourself a “neat freak” or are you extremely unorganized? As I read this out loud to Andy, he laughed and said I could answer that one. Translation: I would never consider myself a neat freak, ever. I have fantasies of being a tidy, organized person, but it’s rarely a reality. I’m mostly okay with that.
8. Do you drink wine? If so, what’s the best wine you’ve ever tried and where was it from?
I do drink wine occasionally, but I don’t know that much about it. I much prefer white wine over red. As for as the best wine…I had some amazing
local wine at a party in the mountains of Tuscany
three years ago. I believe my host remarked This is as good for you as water. So they say!
My wine-loving host and a friend in Chiozza, Italy. Wine is a big part of any Italian meal.
9. Tell us one random fact about yourself. When I was born, I had a little ‘hole’ in my heart that resolved itself. I also had a condition called pulmonary stenosis that meant I had to be monitored by a cardiologist every other year throughout my childhood. My heart is completely fine now. (Wahoo!)
10. Would you rather stay a week in the mountains or a week at the beach?
I really had to think about this! I love the outdoors, whatever it looks like, but I have spent a lot of time in the mountains (small ones, anyway) since living in upstate New York, so I’ll say the beach. I grew up on Long Island
and being near the ocean is one of my favorite things ever. I mean, the sound of crashing waves is on meditative CDs for a reason, right?
The expansive ocean beach in Samara, Costa Rica. Heaven!
Interviewing and being interviewed is so much fun! If you are interested in participating in Ask Away Friday, contact me or any of the other bloggers mentioned. You can also join the AAF Facebook group to make a buddy request.
After arriving on the ancestral soil I figured out pretty quickly why that [Italian] heritage swamps all competition. It’s a culture that sweeps you in, sits you down in the kitchen, and feeds you so well you really don’t want to leave. –Barbara Kingsolver