Awards. Yes, really.

I really do enjoy blogging here about life in Bavaria. So it was a nice surprise to be nominated for some blogger-to-blogger awards by some lovely people.

Germerican Denglish put me forward for three gongs – yes three! The Liebster Award, The Sunshine Award, and the Versatile Blogger Award.

Meanwhile From Casinos to Castles also ‘passed on’ the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you very much my beautiful dears.

To read my post about what I really think of these awards (poison chalice or superb blessing?) and to see whose blogs I nominated, click here.

As that post explains, there are a number of rules when accepting these awards and I have outlined these below.

The rules for those accepting the Liebster Award are:

  • Post 11 things about yourself (see below for mine).
  • Answer questions set by me and give  bloggers you’ve nominated 11 questions to answer too (please answer the same 11 below.)
  • Choose 11 people to nominate and tell them about it on their blog.

My 11 things:

  • I never dreamed I would end up living in Germany, let alone have a German partner and a German son. Which is why I took French at school instead of German – a decision I now really regret.
  • Like many Brits I was raised with a not-so-complimentary view of the Germans.  Comedy TV shows like ‘Allo ‘Allo! and Fawlty Towers didn’t help.
  • I have lived in Germany for almost two years now but I still can’t remember which way to look when I cross the road. I also get in cars on the wrong side  then wonder where the steering wheel is.
  • The German word I find most hard to pronounce, and the one I need to use the most is ‘Entschuldigung’ – which means excuse me.
  • I like wild, eccentric, interesting, friendly people. I feel sorry for materialistic people. God knows how I survive in Germany.
  • I love to travel. My year in Australia was a life-changer and one that brought me to Bavaria. That’s where I met my Bavarian man. (There are more Germans than Australians in Australia. Germans are the only ones with any money left to travel).
  • I still haven’t been to Berlin!
  • I miss the British sense of humour. I like it when people take the mick out of me and I love taking the mick out of others. After my first week in Germany and lots of vacant stares I realised I couldn’t do that anymore.
  • I was vegetarian when I came to Bavaria. Now not so much.
  • I am a scruncher not a folder.
  • I think Germans are some of the nicest and most welcoming people I have met. But also the worst and most unsexily dressed. WTF are these all about. Do Germans own mirrors?

Socks & sandals

The questions posed to me.

  • Where were you raised? Essex in England, unfortunately.
  • What do you miss about it? The fish and chips.
  • What do you NOT miss about it? The lager louts.
  • Where do you think of as home now? That’s a hard one – I still don’t know! But we ‘live’ in Bavaria.
  • What do you like the most about it? Bavaria is very pretty and has amazing nature.
  • What do you like the least about it? The long dark freezing winters. They are truly awful and that’s saying a lot considering I’m from England. If I leave that will play a big part.
  • What traits have you acquired in your adopted culture? I’d say the Germans’ reserved nature has rubbed off on me a bit, but not too much I hope.
  • How many languages do you speak? Three – English obviously, German badly, and Maltese fairly well as I used to live in Malta.
  • What is your favorite hobby? Photography.
  • What is your favorite blog? I like blogs that are insightful, daring and that make me laugh. Step forward Oh God My Wife Is German
  • Why do you blog? Because I really enjoy it and there’s not much information out there in English about Bavaria.

For the Sunshine Award:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Post the award image to the post
  • Write 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5-10 other blogs and let them know about it.

Another 7 things about myself? Really?

  • I’ve never worn or even tried on a dirndl.
  • I never used to really drink beer. Now my favourite Bavarian tipple is from the Andechs brewery.
  • I think the Med is the best region in the world. Gozo, one of the Maltese islands, is one of my favourite places.
  • We live in the Bavarian countryside. We see more cows than people here. To give you an idea of how quiet it is, our local newspaper this week has a story about a local calendar being launched – as its main story on the front page. WITH A FACTFILE.
  • I had never been to Germany before I moved here.
  • I can’t get over how much Bavarian women like baking and cleaning. If there was a world housewife contest a Bavarian woman would win.
  • I have taken two German courses since I have been here – both only a few hours a week. But I found it very hard to go with a new baby on the block. I wish I had made the effort to go when I was pregnant and really bored instead.

I have yet to nominate anyone for the Versatile Award yet. But I will in time!

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