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I Received the One Lovely Blog Award


The One Lovely Blog Award. What, another award for World Adventurers ( I can’t believe it! Not one, but two writer/bloggers I admire nominated this blog for the OLB Award. Thank you very much! Words cannot express how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness, but I’ll try.


 A big THANK YOU goes to my colleague and lovely friend Lada Ray (, who is one of my favorite bloggers and writers. After she received this prodigious honor, she nominated me for it in early June on the heels of receiving the Versatile Blogger Award (VBA) from me. While I can neither confirm nor deny it, this award may have had something to do with the fact that I adore her thriller Gold Train and amazing heroine, Jade Snow.

Another hearty THANK YOU goes to my enigmatic and witty friend R.M. Wilburn (, who received the splendiferous OLB Award and then nominated me for one in mid-June. Whether it has anything to do with the fact that I nominated her for a VBA or think her book Magpie & Dilly is the best novel with that title in recorded history, I can’t be sure. Thank you, R.M. I’m convinced that your initials stand for Really Magnificent.

Whatever the reason, I thank you, Lada and R.M. I really appreciate this honor and am proud to call you colleagues and friends.


As I am wont to do, I did some research into the history of the One Lovely Blog Award. I gave up after an exhaustive Google search turned up nothing. As with the VBA, details about the OLB Award are rather sketchy and only its creator knows for sure.


To receive this award, the blogger must share the following with their readers:

1. Thank the person who honored them with this award and post their links;

2. Nominate 15 other blogs for this honor; and

3. Tell readers seven things about themselves.


Here are my nominations for the One Lovely Blog Award, 15 quality blogs that I enjoy (in alphanumeric order). Many but not all are related to travel with some excellent commentary and travel photos.

3rd Culture Children - A Globe Trotting Family of 5 in the Foreign Service (

Letizia Argiolu (

Double Barrelled Travel (

Misti Debonno (

Rebecca Humphries (

Dmitrii Lezine - Travel Photography (

Ella Medler (

Mark Nguyen - Mark39dotcom - 101 Postcards to Myself (

Our Boler - Enjoying the Outdoors as a Family ( Alex Rambler (

ReadyClickAndGo (

Ruth - Bluebalu in Hong Kong (

Ana Silva - 1,001 Scribbles (

Sophie - Interior Design & Trends (

Jason Sullivan - Different Outcomes (


I asked my readers to ask seven questions about me. Here are their questions and my responses:

Q.  Lark or owl?

A.  Birds.

Q.  Pet hate?

A.  Pets don’t hate, do they?

Q.  Best thing in life is…?

A.  Free.

Q.  The habit you picked up from one of the foreign places you visited, the one that keeps surfacing when you least expect it.

A.  You haven’t been in my closet, have you? I know I shouldn’t have taken the habit from that convent in Poland, but I couldn’t help myself. I thought I might need to put it on for a production of “Nunsense.”

Q.  Best breakfast you ever had.

A.  One time when I was driving too fast, I had to stop suddenly and barely missed hitting another car. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and I got away without a scratch. Thanks to my quick response, I caught a break. :-)

Q. The most embarrassing thing your kids did in public (that made you say ‘they’re not mine’).

A.  Well, they ate all the grass in the neighbor’s yard. I eventually had to give them away to a goat herder you could handle them. I sure miss the goat cheese.

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