There have been a number of wonderful side benefits that have accrued from my quixotic Ultimate Train Challenge and other projects is meeting a few travel bloggers that I firmly believe are going to be lifelong friends. Nora Dunn has quickly ascended near the top of the list of bloggers that I absolutely adore. She, along with Jeannie, the Nomadic Chick, is a somewhat late-comer to this little party, but the both of them stepped into the breach and have been incredible to deal with. If I had one quarter of the energy of either of them…. well, I might actually get something done in life.
Nora sold her financial planning practice in Toronto in 2006 and set off shortly after to slowly travel around the world as master of her own fate. She’s hit 20 or so countries in five continents, doing a variety of interesting jobs along the way, and has been an inspiration to many. Including me…. except on the work part.
1 – What has been your most wild hair color and can we have a picture, please?
Purple, probably. Or maybe fire-engine red. Then there’s the time I sported both. I also had a shade of purple that accidentally morphed into fluorescent pink. That wasn’t one of my finer moments.
Pictures? Too many hairdos to choose from for pictures!
2 – Is there a dessert you can never pass up? If so, what is it?
Tony Robbins once said “nothing tastes as good as being fit feels.” But even these words of wisdom can rarely keep me from devouring ice cream. Or a nice crusty crème brulee. Or carrot cake with cream cheese icing. Or banana bread. Or…
3 – language you’d like to be fluent in?
4 – most embarrassing thing on your iPod?
And I’d tell you this because….?
5 – worst excuse for a human being in the celebrity or politician category.
Lassie. What a dog.
6 – what was the first concert you went to on your own dime?
Believe it or not, I’ve never paid to go to a concert. I’m not spoiled; I’ve just lucked out and had tickets paid for.
7 – worst grade you ever got in school was what, and in what class?
I got a C in math. This was most surprising because the previous term I’d scored a 96% in the same subject. Maybe my discovery of boys and the simultaneous decline in my marks wasn’t such a coincidence.
8 – person you would most like to hoist a pint with?
The Dalai Lama. Wait a minute: that could get complicated. Can we order him a pint of soda instead?
9 – what is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone?
I got a really sexy gift for my boyfriend while I was traveling solo in Europe, that had a really romantic history associated with it. But before I could show it to him over Skype, I found out he was sleeping with another woman, so I used it with some Spanish dude instead.
10 – conversely, worst pick up line or pick up attempt you have ever been subject?
There was this Mongolian dude who kept hitting on me, but since I don’t speak Mongolian, I’m not sure what his pick-up line of choice actually was.
11 – Three things you would never want to travel without, aside from the basics like passport and credit card.
My headlamp, my laptop, and my travel journal.
12 – What is the oddest place you have ever spent the night?
The floor of a pub, while I was evacuated during the Victorian Bushfires in Australia. Talk about a bad hair day the next day – I stunk of beer and was fishing out peanut shells for days.
13 – you are at the Pearly Gates, what question do you most fear from St. Peter?
So….Nora…you’re kinda hot. Your place or mine?