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Friday, 30 November 2012

Nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award!

So, today's post was to be about something else entirely, but I have just found out that besides being nominated for the Expat Blog Awards I have just been nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Awards. Now, this came at a total surprise, but I am so totally honored that Ute of Expat Since Birth has nominated me!

I would like to thank Ute, (whose blog is simply amazing and full of great tips and a boundless source of information) for this opportunity. You can read her blog here- her posts inspire and challenge me every day!

Beautiful Blogger Award Rules:
The idea behind the Beautiful Blogger Award is to recognize some of the bloggers we follow for their hard work and inspiration.
1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.3. Tell 7 things about yourself.4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.

7 things about myself
1) I am currently pregnant with my third child.
2) I was born in Poland to multilingual parents who were in part raised abroad. My mother lived in the Netherlands for 8 years where she learned English (in the International School of the Hague). She was born to a Polish mother and a father born in Lvov which is now Ukraine but used to be Poland, except that at the time when he was born Poland didn't exist and so he was born as subject to the Austrian emperor. My father was raised in France, and born to a Polish father and an Ukrainian mother. I have two French cousins. Confused yet? Oh, did I mentioned that I am Jewish even though I was raised Catholic?
3) I occasionally work as a translator, and have now started offering training in intercultural communication. I also contribute to other blogs and websites.
4) I love cooking, baking and making my own preserves. For me, it is a great way to deal with stress, and to have fun. I make my own bread, and when I am heavily pregnant, I deal with the lack of comfort by baking cakes.
5) I am oversensitive to sounds, smells and easily feel overwhelmed by crowds. I need a lot of me-time and peace and quiet. 
6) I love speaking different languages. I also like reading in other languages, even though I awfully miss Polish.
7) I sing, play the guitar and am now learning (albeit slowly) to play the keyboard.  
And now, for the most pleasant part: nominating other bloggers! I can only name 7 blogs, and there are so many wonderful blogs around here! Such a shame because I could have easily named a dozen!
1) DrieCulturen- it goes without saying that this blog is a little gem in the blogging world. It was thanks to Janneke that I first started reading about TCKs (Third Culture Kids) and thinking how raising my children abroad might affect them.
2) Tales of Windmill Fields- Rosalind is a fellow expat in the Netherlands and writes about her life in the Netherlands, multilingualism, raising children and so much more. Plus, check out her beautiful blog design! Rosalind has just had a baby so she'll be blogging less often, but check out her old blog posts!
3) Adventures in Integration- Nerissa is the winner of the Expatica "i am not a tourist" blog competition, and rightfully so! Her blog is a funny, entertaining place to laugh and learn.  

4) Expat Life with a Double Buggy- another blog by an expat lady raising her children in the Netherlands. Informative, thought-provoking and nicely written, Amanda's blog definitely is worth reading!

5) On Raising Bilingual Children- my favorite blog for all things bi- and multilingual. Eowyn is passionate about raising bilingual children, and also shares her professional tips for doing it successfully.

6) Dutch Australian - Renee is an Australian woman living in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and two children. Her blog is, in her own words: "combination of information, inspiration and shared experiences for those who have connections to both Australia and The Netherlands.", but is a great resource for everyone who wants to learn more about the Netherlands.

7) The Piri-Piri Lexicon, formerly Gato&Canard. Annabelle contacted me through my blog and enabled me to share my story on her blog! Also, she is a talented craftswoman who makes beautiful, multilingual and multilicultural cards which are also eco-friendly. I have ordered my own business cards with her and I love them! You can find her webshop here.

As you see, all of these blogs deal with bilingualism and expat life- these are the blogs I follow most closely. I wish I could add more, since there are so many great blogs and websites around the web! 

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  1. Thanks for the nomination and for including me in this great list of bloggers! So your mum lived in the Netherlands for a couple of year too, how interesting. You have multicultural and multilingual parents. My parents were a mix too, my father is from the north of the Netherlands, Friesland and his mother tongue is Frisian. My mum grew up in Delft.

    1. You're welcome! You definitely deserve it to be included! Yes, my mother lived in the Netherlands with her parents. I could never have predicted that I'll end up here as well. I remember that at University I could have studied Dutch in addition to German and graduate with the two languages, but that would have taken me another year of University. And I wanted to move to Germany to be with a man whom I later married... only to find out that he wanted to work in the Netherlands. Life is weird.


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