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Robin at Bringing Home Europe kindly nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

The rules are

  • Thank the giver, link to the page, and add the award to your site
  • Tell 7 things about yourself
  • Give the award to 5 bloggers

Hey, Robin, Thanks!!

One – I don’t have a sister.  I never have had a sister. I mean not officially. I have a first cousin who is pretty close to being a sister. But the truth is all my girlfriends are sisters. I guess that is what they mean by the sisterhood.  All the cool blogging women who are becoming my virtual sisters.  What a great supportive place this is!!

Two – Robin says she can’t parallel park. When I was 19, I worked at an international research institute in Ibadan, Nigeria. I was working in the Visitor’s Center which meant I had to take people on tours of the compound from time to time. One day I was alone in the office when some French dignitaries showed up unexpectedly and wanted a tour. I got the car out and took them around the research labs and the different crops growing in the fields and eventually returned to the garage under the administration building. There was no place to park but a on the side where I had to parallel park. To my own amazement I slipped right in perfectly on the first try. Later when the dignitaries were meeting with the Director General, they commented on how impressed they were with my parking abilities!  Haha.  Today it is a different story, believe me.

Three — I dream of  going to Argentina and learning to Tango.

Four — I once spent 15 minutes speaking Spanish to somebody on a train in Spain before we realized we were both native English speakers.

Five — I can be forgetful sometimes

Six — I forget

Seven — Awards make people happy.  Some thoughts from the Dalai Lama on the subject:

  • Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
  • If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
  • If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
  • It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.

So be happy, Sisters!  I pass on the award to all of you…. and

I was an expat wife

Communicating Across Boundaries

Darlene Craviotto

Dounia

Adventures in Expat Land

8 comments

  1. Thank you very much! :) I’ll make sure to write a post and pass it on soon! I’ll also make sure to visit the other blogs you mentioned, I’m sure they’re great! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. What a lovely surprise, thank you very much. It IS nice to get an award, supportive comments and other little boosts. Enjoyed your 7 Qs & As (‘I forget’ was a classic). Read the one about you and the other English speaker talking in Spanish for 15 minutes to my daughter. Will have to start thinking about my celebratory Qs…

  3. It’s always fun to be reminded of IITA:) – the Dalai Lama’s thoughts over breakfast made a good start to the day – particularly “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” which I was discussing with my taxi driver here in Dakar on the first day of Ramadan – a month of contemplation. What goes around comes around!

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