It occurs to me, as I start to find some sort of a strange groove with posting everyday, that well, there are a lot of things that I've talked about posting about, that I then haven't, well, posted about. Including this meme. In this case, I got the entrancing Vanessa to ask me 5 questions. In turn, if you would like, please tell me in the comments, and I will come up with 5 questions individually tailored to you. It will be clear from the nature of some of the following questions that I've left this meme undone for far too long.
1. You're originally from California, what do you miss most about home?
I don't miss an awful lot, to tell the truth. This doesn't mean that I don't find things when I'm there that I don't have elsewhere. This includes of course seeing my family, going to my favorite bookstores, restaurants, eating certain foods. Seeing some sights. The nature is so varied, and taking road trips is so easy. But when I'm back in Denmark, I don't miss too much especially.
2. On the flip side, what do you like the most about being an expat living abroad?
I find this a hard question to answer, probably because I've been an expat for too long. At first, it was just cool to live abroad, which had been one of my dreams. The new language, the new culture, new food, were all exciting. I still find those things interesting, but I don't feel like an expat. Rather, it's just my life to live outside where I'm from.
3. Last year you visited a number of countries, including China, what travels do you have planned for this year?
Well, the year is almost over, and the answer was California (several times), and Yorkshire for a week. I'll be in the Netherlands for a quick weekend later this month, and in Austria over Christmas. So, some nice travel, but not as much as was the case the past couple of years. I expect the level of travelling will stay lower for the next few years, and then gradually pick back up, circumstances permitting.
4. In the past you've mentioned that you enjoy doing cross stitch, when did you begin this hobby and what are your favorite type of items to work on?
I didn't start that early actually, maybe about a dozen or so years ago. Which is interesting as my mom did needlepoint and cross-stitch (and many other crafts) for as long as I could remember. Once I started on it though, I fell into it with some degree of passion. I go for long periods without doing anything (I'm in a cross-stitch free period now), and then periods (usually where I have a bit more time) where I can work on things for literally days at a time. I like patterns that are elaborate, or which have lots of elements, and linen with really tiny holes, so that I worry about going blind from the effort.
5. Hows the thesis coming along?
Now, this shows how long it's taken to do this meme, as my thesis was turned in in May, and defended in August. It went really well, but sadly has been followed by a near-total writer's block for anything even remotely academic. But I'm slowly getting over that. Or, if I answer this with reference to my next thesis (well technically dissertation at that point), I can say with confidence that it is still in larval stage, but that I'm sure it will eventually become strong and powerful. But certainly not right away.
So now, it's your turn...I look forward to being the question asker!
*Photo: Redwoods, of course. I wouldn't say I miss them, but I visit them whenever they're nearby.*