As I have enjoyed being a guest blogger a number of times, I decided to start a feature on my blog and share some interesting people with you my interesting readers. I post these every Tuesday.
Everyone has a story to tell. Yes, even you!
It’s true, everyone has a story and sometimes we just have to ask questions to find out that story! Luckily I’m a sticky-beak and love asking questions 🙂
So what I’ve done is invite my guests to answer a set of 10 questions and I used their responses as a guest post while I was away recently. Even though I’m now home, I’ve got so many more interesting people to share, I figured I’d continue on. It’s a great way to share the love around and introduce interesting people to other interesting people.
My guest posts continued with interesting people including my blogging friends Donna from Retirement Reflections; Louise The Year I touched my Toes; Miriam from Outanabout and Shaun from Clockwork Clouds.
This week it’s time to meet Sue from Travel Tales of Life. I’ve followed Sue for ages now and love her and husband Dave’s blog about their many adventures. They do things I only dream about!!
1. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
The greatest love and the biggest surprise of blogging are the friends we have made both virtually and in person around the world. I have always loved writing but the unexpected joy of spending time with people from Tasmania to Italy, Turkey to the United Arab Emirates has been the greatest enjoyment. Our world has grown in ways we never would have imagined.
2. Your blog is about your Travels– where did the description come from?
To be honest the blog was an accidental happening. In 2009 we went on our first international cycling trip to Italy. My Mom and several friends had asked that I send email updates about the adventure. With each new mailing others asked to be added to the group email list. The email stories went on for three years of travel. I finally succumbed to the demands of that audience to start a blog, albeit kicking and screaming about how much I would never like it. I still laugh at the thought of it now.
3. What plans do you have for your blog in the future?
The blog truly is an open door to possibility. Since our theme is ‘Never Too Old To Explore’, we are always on the look for adventure and new experiences. It keeps us thinking young and definitely provides for interesting dinner conversation. In January we will be cycling through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. If we Canadians don’t melt in the heat and humidity it should make interesting reading.
4. What’s your favourite post and why?
With over 400 posts on the blog I find this a highly challenging question. Although it is not fitting our travel adventure theme specifically, the series of posts on the sponsorship of a Syrian refugee family in Canada and them becoming self-sufficient is very special to us. I’m also very fond of the post Dave wrote on surviving being married to a blogger. Hilarious!
5. What’s your biggest achievement in life to date?
Seeing our adult children happy, healthy and settled with life partners. Parenting has felt like spending decades painting a mural and then one day stepping back and seeing a beautiful picture. The fact that they still want to spend time with us is an added bonus. As a parent I don’t feel as though their happiness is my achievement but I would like to think raising them with values of kindness and acceptance to all peoples of this world is a job well worth committing to.
6. What do you like to do outside of blogging?
Our toddler granddaughter wins the prize for favourite activity. Who knew a little person could make your heart flip flop around like an excited fish just with the flash of her wee grin. Besides her bright light in our lives blogging seems to be woven into a great deal of what we love to do. Cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, photography all seem to meander their way back to the blog.
7. What books do you like reading and what are you currently reading?
I’m a huge fan of Bill Bryson and read his books long before I ever considered travel writing myself. With a rather diverse taste in reading and what seems to be a short attention span this is the current stack on my bedside table. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, On Writing by Stephen King, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld and Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson.
8. Where’s your dream holiday destination?
Without question it is Antarctica with my husband. He will need to be there to help me deal with the motion sickness from being on a ship for an extended period. Not to mention my issues with cold temperatures. Doesn’t sounds like a dream holiday does it? However the story of Ernest Shackleton and his crew’s survival has long been inspiring to me. The adventure of such a remote location is a challenge I can not resist. Besides that the thousands of penguins make me squeal with glee at the prospect.
9. List five things that you won’t leave home without.
10. Who’s the most interesting person you’ve ever met?
Thinking about this question I imagine myself standing in a massive fruit and vegetable market. Which is the most colourful vegetable? What is the tastiest fruit? I have found that in life people are so different they are difficult to compare. Would it be the young guide touring us through his home of the Soweto township in South Africa? The woman in rural Turkey who insisted we share the tomatoes from her meagre supply of food? The aged man on Taquile Island in the middle of Lake Titicaca with the toothless grin and warm handshake? Or is it the person we will meet on our next adventure?
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Thanks Sue for your responses to my questions and for agreeing to be a guest host in my People of Interest series. I learnt a lot from Sue’s answers, although she’s been a favourite of mine for years. I feel like I could rock up to Canada one day and pop in for a chat with Sue and Dave, we have lots in common, especially the attitude of never being too old to explore. They are fun, active and adventurous but also very generous in their comments and support of other bloggers. Sue’s mum Shirley has also started guest posting on their blog and it’s lovely to read her thoughts of her travels from over the years. I encourage you to pop over to their blog and check it out.
Sue and I would love to hear your thoughts on her post, so feel free to leave us a comment below and we’ll be sure to respond.
So there you have it – another Person of Interest!
I have another great blogger for you to meet – stay tuned for next Tuesday’s post.
If you would like to join in on the fun, why not take one the questions (e.g. What are five things that you won’t leave home without?) and leave your own answer in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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