Life in Berlin

Liebster Award

Maths and science blogger Merel has nominated me for the Liebster Award!liebster_award

The rules are as follows:

  • Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers, the bloggers you award are to do the same.
  • Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

11 Random facts about myself

  1. Even though this blog is called An English Man in Berlin, I am a woman (bear that in mind when you contact regarding blind dates – I am also married)
  2. I write fiction – to find out more about that, visit
  3. I eat pancakes almost every day
  4. The line between me and Garfield is blurred
  5. Occasionally, I cheat at cards
  6. I havent lost the game of Connect 4 since 1994
  7. I love reading, travelling and eating
  8. I think popcorn should be banned in cinemas
  9. Whenever someone on a bicycle stops near me, I have to suppress the urge to push them over
  10. If I’m at home, I don’t always bother answering the phone or the door
  11. If I ever write a best-seller, my dream is to move to Las Vegas and live in a hotel suite

Answers to Merel’s questions

  1. Describe yourself in 3 words. Curious, skeptical, kind
  2. What is the most beautiful beach you’ve ever been to? Mirissa, Sri Lanka
  3. Do you speak any other languages, other than English? Yes, all badly
  4. What is your favourite hobby? Reading
  5. What is your favourite book? Oh, too many! At random: László Krasznahorkai’s The Melancholy of Resistance
  6. What is the most recent movie you watched? Interstellar
  7. What always throws you off your guard? Interstellar
  8. What do you enjoy doing in your free time at home? Lying on the couch
  9. What’s your favourite hot drink? Glühwein
  10. Where do you see yourself in 20 years time? Living in a suite in Las Vegas?!
  11. Which country have you never visited, but really want to visit? Japan

Nominate 5-11 bloggers

  1. Physics and Art: Book reviews and other interesting posts written by a physicist
  2. Kreuzberg’d: One of my favourite Berlin blogs
  3. The GDR Objectified: Collection of ephemera related to the German Democratic Republic
  4. A woman’s wisdom: Book reviews, storytellers, life and humour
  5. Chapter Book Chat: Great place for reviews and discussions about children’s chapter books
  6. Nerdy Girl Notes: Fab Geek-Chic Guide to TV and other media
  7. Living Libraries and Dead Languages: Fascinating posts by librarian specialising in rare books and languages such as Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, Tibetan
  8. Art discarded: Photos of original art found at thrift stores, garage sales and odd little shops.

And here are my questions:

  1. Describe yourself in three words
  2. What’s the most interesting thing you have learnt this year?
  3. What is the most beautiful beach you’ve ever been to?
  4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  5. What’s your favorite book?
  6. Favorite film?
  7. Favorite art piece?
  8. What’s the one piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
  9. What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever done?
  10. Which country have you never visited, but really want to visit?
  11. What have you given as a gift this year? (yes, I’m looking for Christmas present inspiration)
Life in Berlin

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

the-very-inspiring-blogger-awardWhat a lovely way to start the year. Beth, who writes the bi-lingual (German/ English) blog Phoenixrisesagain, has nomiated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

As part of the award, I have to:
1) display the award logo on the blog.
2) link back to the person who nominated me.
3) share 7 things about myself:

– Even though this blog is called English Man in Berlin, I’m actually a woman
– I am addicted to the German TV show Bauer sucht Frau (Farmer seeks Wife)
– I published my first children’s book this year – yay!
– Because I work from home, I tend to hang around in my pyjamas quite a lot
– Often, I have pasta for breakfast
– I’ve never seen Star Wars
– This is what I think Star Wars is about:

4) Nominate 15 other bloggers and link to them:

andBerlin, a Berlin blog that’s so good it’s annoying
Berlin Cat Lady , another lovely Berlin blog
YR, the blog of Berlin-based fine art photographer Yoram Roth
The Berlin American has lots of cool photos, videos and stories about life in Berlin – I hope Andrew updates it again soon!
Bohemian Breakdancer , where Will McNeice entertains us with stories of his life as a Westerner in a post-communist country (Poland)
The Berlin Lunchbox, Berlin based food blog
Creative Writer Phd, insightful blog about creative writing
Wandering Stan I met Stan when he lived in Berlin and it’s a shame he moved because he’s super interesting and intelligent. Thankfully, he has a blog so I can still keep track of what he’s up to!
The Kid’s Literature Lady , wonderful children’s book review site
Waking Brain Cells, another great children’s lit blog
Sarah Gets Critical It’s nice to see someone passionate writing about feminism and other serious, thought-provoking subjects
The fountain Overflows , beautiful, contemplative blog about the writing life
Me Fail? I fly Jonathan blogs about books, art and culture from Australia