A couple of weeks ago, Mélodie from Tea Bees Trips nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, an award which is given by bloggers to bloggers who “are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. Mélodie blogs about tea and travels, and recently shared photos and tales from her trip to Cornwall, an area high on my travel wish list. (I also love the bilingual format of all her posts!) Mille mercis to Mélodie for the nomination, and let’s get cracking with the Q&A . . .
- Why did you start writing your blog?
I jumped on the year abroad blogging bandwagon almost three and a half years ago, and happily blogged my way through my time in Alsace. I then spent the summer travelling across Canada and the US of A, dipping my toes into publishing and exploring my own back yard a wee bit . . . and realised I rather missed the blogosphere. Enter, La Grenouille Anglaise – a place for my adventures, culinary escapades and miscellaneous musings.
- What job do you do?
I spend my days surrounded by textbooks, working as an editorial assistant for an academic publisher. I brief cover and text designs, research courses, write cover copy, check proofs, clear permissions, source reviewers, do the odd voiceover for video content . . . in short, any number of tasks that need doing in order to bring a book from an author’s hard-drive to a bookshelf near you.
- What kind of books do you like to read?
I’ve long been a fan of crime fiction, though the best are those that have a degree of plausibility to them; I Let You Go, Child 44 and The Last Place You Look were three of my favourites from last year’s epic readathon. Autobiographies are another of my favourite genres, and a post featuring some of my top picks is in the pipeline.
- Are you more into indoor or outdoor activities?
Outdoor, without question. I’m happiest when surrounded by fields, up a mountain or on the trail. (That said, I’m also a board game enthusiast, especially when the weather’s as pants as it is at the moment.)
- How do you choose your destination for your next holiday?
Laurence and I drew up a list a while back of places near and far that we’d like to visit and when it comes to planning a trip, we’ll take a quick look at that before sticking destinations into Skyscanner. Often, the decision comes down to a combination of flight times, cost and, now, the amount of annual leave we’re taking.
- Would you like to learn to speak another language?
I speak English and French, and am currently trying to learn Cantonese. (Emphasis on the trying – tonal languages are hard!) It’s hardly the obvious candidate for my second foreign language, but there’s method to my madness.
- Which traditional dish made the biggest impression on you during a trip?
I’m going to go with the humble galette nature, from Brittany, France. Whenever I’m in France, I have to have one (followed by a crêpe, of course). It’s high time I learnt to make them myself though, since I’m no longer within walking distance of a decent crêperie.
- Can you recommend a film to me?
The Prestige is one of my all-time favourites; it’s a magical blend of suspense, illusion and theatrics. I’d happily watch it again and again – and there are only a few films which I feel that way about.
- Do you like to cook? If yes, do you have a signature dish?
I much prefer baking to cooking – and dessert always trumps starter for me. I wouldn’t say I have a signature dish per se, but my go-to bake would be a loaf cake or traybake of some sort.
- What are your plans for 2018 in terms of blogging?
I’ve gone back to just posting once a week for the time being, as finding the time to blog has become more of a challenge in recent months. I’d like to dig back into my archives and share a few more photos from my time in Canada and the USA, as I feel like the few posts I did write don’t really do that trip justice. Other than that, it’s business as usual – more adventures, photos, recipes and ramblings.
I’m passing the proverbial baton to these bloggers . . .
L’esprit de Lauren | Countering the nuages with lueurs d’espoir, Lauren posts weekly updates on her life in Lyon. Her posts are guaranteed to turn any frown upside down.
Caroline: Post-Grad | After a year in Lyon as an ELA, Caroline’s now back on the other side of the pond studying law. I especially love reading her reflective posts and seeing her interpretations of the Daily Post’s weekly photo challenges.
Travel Gourmand | If you’re looking for an armchair adventure, look no further than Allison’s blog – it’s choc-a-block with culinary delights and photos of lands both near and far.
On your marks, get set, go!
- How did you choose your blog’s name?
- Which superpower would you most like to possess?
- Tea or coffee?
- Where in the world would you most like to visit?
- Would you rather be liked or respected?
- Do you have a favourite book?
- Where is your happy place?
- Summer or winter?
- What’s the best thing about your hometown?
- What’s your top travel hack?