Linda Liebster

There are few things that can make me feel happier than Irish pork sausages and Heinz beans on a snowy morning in Latvia. However, being nominated for a Liebster blogging award is one of them!

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So a big thank you to (who is definitely not my mother) for the nomination! It seems the done thing is to answer 11 questions, write 11 things about myself and then share the love. So here goes…

1. What is the quality that you feel most proud of?

I’m full of…wit.

2. If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

The ability to change temperatures from -30 to +30.

3. If the story of “Indecent Proposal” ever happens to you, what would you do?

I’m more of a Human Centipede girl myself.

4. What is your most embarrassing moment?

I was once a majorette (embarrassing enough you would think) and marched in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. I dropped my baton. Cue cries of ‘Ye dropped yer baton missis’ from the baying crowd of drunk Dubs, as I scrabbled about, medals dangling, frilly knickers on view, trying to pick it up and act like nothing had happened.

5. Is there anything you can’t do anymore but you wish you could? What is it?

Earn Irish wages.

6. What is the title of the last book you read?

The Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly.

7. What is the first adjective you would think of when anyone asks you about China?


8. What is your favourite sport?

Is pool a sport?

9. What do you want to ask if you ever meet a great fortuneteller?

I went to one before. As she licked the chicken grease off her dirty fingers, she told me that I would have 3 careers in my lifetime. I’m now on number 2 so I’d like to know what number 3 will be…

10. What is your biggest superstition?

If I wear sunglasses instead of a hat in April, it will snow.

11. What do you do when you have some “ME time”?

Have a power nap.

11 things about me:

1. I’m very short. I have almost fallen into the freezer in my local supermarket several times while trying to reach for something in the back – usually a pizza.

2. Despite my small stature, I have a laugh that can travel through walls, floors, ceilings, and is recognisable across a noisy, crowded bar – even if you can’t see me, you’ll know I’m there.

3. I used to play the blues harmonica but stopped when I moved to Eastern Europe. There are enough blues here without me adding to them.

4. I’ve lived in France (1 year during university), Australia and New Zealand (1 year each on working holiday visas), Poland (9 months – that was enough) and now Latvia (almost 3 years…).

5. I’ve added the words bored, revenge, weapon, envy, surprise, body, trouble and affair to my Latvian vocabulary, yet still can’t string a normal sentence together.

6. I’m finding it hard to write 11 things about myself. Maybe I’m a really dull person.

7. On dark wintry mornings, I like to amuse myself by playing the ‘hat or hair’ challenge. This involves picking out some poor soul in the misty distance with an ‘interestingly’ shaped head. Then you have to decide (before they reach you) if the furry mass on top of their head is a hat or their hair. Often with surprising results. Another variation is ‘man or woman’.

8. The search terms that lead people to my blog tickle me. My current favourites are ‘I love rubber glove sex’ and ‘cold head in Latvian’. A link to my blog was also posted on a Latvian porn site.

9. My new favourite description is ‘a face sour enough to shame a lemon’, courtesy of the book mentioned above, and quite appropriate to my current situation.

10.  There are 7,175 Latvian Lindas in Latvia. But still only one Irish one. (I imagine there will be zero Irish Lindas here soon if the Latvian Tourist Board finds me.)

11. This has taken me a ridiculously long time to write.

So now to pass the torch – I nominate Diary of Kat the Expat –, who I’m now living vicariously through, and my favourite black sheep – Happy Liebstering!

Thanks again to East Traveller for the nomination and to everyone who continues to read (and seemingly enjoy) my ramblings!

About BerLinda

Adjusting to life in Germany, after living in Latvia for four years. Should be easy, right?
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33 Responses to Linda Liebster

  1. prozhizn says:

    Congratulations, Linda! You deserve every word and compliment your readers giving you! I really enjoy your writing, going to follow you from now. 🙂

    • Expat Eye says:

      Hi, thank you so much! I really appreciate it! I’ll be going on the road this weekend for the next instalment – should be an experience… 😉

      • Bob Lewis says:

        If you are going ‘ōn the road’, Linda, be very, very careful! I thought that I could cope with it – but last Wednesday I had my car trashed by a psychotic bus-driver. Most unpleasant! And guess what – all the spectators just stood and watched!! No-one came anywhere near the car to help us out of it! I think that they must have been waiting for the blood to start seeping out! We disappointed them, though, in spite of me taking about 10 minutes to get out of the passenger-side door!
        Life “on the road” in Latvia is quite an adventure!!

      • Expat Eye says:

        I decided that I’d be safer with the psychotic bus driver than against him 😉 I hope you’re ok!

  2. Bob Lewis says:

    You do yourself a great injustice, Linda! I could probably make up a list of 111 things about you – but I’d run out of laudatory adjectives!
    Dull – NEVER! What about the incisive wit? The sparkling smile? The infectious laugh? The sympathetic appreciation of the problems experienced by other nations? (Well, some nations, anyway!). The arresting charisma? Towering intellect? ‘Short’ is not a very complimentary description of something I would refer to as being ‘petite’….! Piercing, bright eyes? Flowing soft, shining, celtic hair? ……. and so on……. I’d better not say much more in case my missus sees this! (She has a good turn in adjectives but as they are usually in Latvian or Russian I ain’t got much idea to what she is shouting about!!! – thank goodness!)
    You could expand that list an awful lot without seeming to be arrogant or conceited! – take the word of an (very) ‘ancient mariner’! – who is only after your Irish pork sausages!

    • Expat Eye says:

      Wow, I think there are more compliments in that one comment than I’ve ever received in my life! And they say only the Irish have the gift of the gab – congratulations to you sir! 😉

  3. 1WriteWay says:

    Congrats! A much deserved award. You’d make a great English teacher for native speakers too 😉

    • Expat Eye says:

      I tried that. I used to correct my English friends when they said things like ‘I was sat there’ and basically everyone I know on their spelling. It didn’t go down well – that’s why I’m hiding out in Latvia 😉

      • 1WriteWay says:

        LOL … I can see how that would not go over well. Friends (and family) do not like to be corrected. I’m forever biting my tongue …

      • Expat Eye says:

        At least my students here actually appreciate it! One country’s annoying habit is another country’s saviour! Or else I’m just annoying everywhere but they’re saying it in Latvian and I can’t understand them… 😉

  4. Congrats on the nomination! I loved your 11 things 🙂

  5. Those are my favorite kind of laughs. And 8. is the best…we get a lot of hipster searches and one for slave tunnels montgomery…what the heck?!

    • Expat Eye says:

      It’s so random! And some of the most popular tags are things I just added as an experiment! I’m sure the rubber glove sex guy was probably disappointed when he was delivered to my blog 😉

      • Let’s hope! Although, it could be a new market for you..I kid. But it really makes me wonder what the unknown searches are..are they even more obscure, like WordPress is all – yeah, we don’t wanna be associated with THAT!

      • Expat Eye says:

        Ha ha, I dread to think! I think my blog is meant to be PG so maybe they think I’ll be scared by the unknown searches!

  6. Pecora Nera says:

    Take a cheap Cryainair flight, and join us for the barbecue. Mrs Sensible is used to people turning up when she isn’t expecting them. It causes a bit of a problem with the in built Italian ‘I need to clean the house and start cooking because we have visitors coming’ but she will be OK.

    LOL you should have seen Mrs Sensibles face when I announced that, not only had I looked at and joined but I had also invited a workaway to come and stay. 3 days notice, not bad eh!

  7. Pecora Nera says:

    Hello my Favourite mad woman of Latvia. Thank you for the nomination. I will get the black party frock out of the wardrobe (for Mrs Sensible) and a glass of fizzy plonk for me.

    I like the falling in the freezer bit, I don’t want to spoil your day after you gave me the award.. but the sun is out in Italy so barbecue and flip flops this week end, hip hip hooray.

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