Recently, I was interviewed by a few different fellow travelers and bloggers, but really enjoyed the off-beat questions of April of ZipSetGo. So I was sitting around having a few beers a couple nights ago and though to myself — I want to know a little bit more about some of the travelers and people in the travel world, but not have the interviews be solely about travel.
So, I decided to do some interviews as I like them. Irreverent and sometimes irrational. As I am a huge fan of prime numbers, I have decided on “The Lucky 13,” for the number of oddball questions I am going to be asking. Hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit about some great travelers with (mostly) non-travel, quick and off the cuff questions and answers.
Up first is one of the only travel bloggers I have met in person. Ayngelina Brogan (if I spell that right every time on this page, I will be amazed) of the ever-interesting Bacon is Magic. Foodie. Photographer. Observer of life and one of my favorite Canadians, which is a long list to be near the top of. Hope you enjoy.
EDIT: I forgot to include Ayngelina’s Twitter link. You can, and should, follow her here.
1 — Who is your favorite writer, past or present?
Hands down Ernest Hemingway, a great travel writer without unnecessary adjectives and other written fluff.
2 — Worst actor/actress you have ever seen on the big screen?
I don’t have the patience to sit in a movie theatre for two hours so that’s a tough one. Although she’s a decent actress Julia Robert’s voice over in Eat Pray Love was annoyingly robotic.
3 — Decade in time that you wish you were living in, aside from now?
I think we romanticize past decades but conveniently forget that if we lived in the time of the Tudors, we would have all smelled terribly, had body rashes and unwaxed eyebrows. But if I have to pick I think the 1960s would have been interesting as there was so much change.
4 — Let’s hear one of your guilty pleasures — a good, embarrassing one.
I was going to say Jersey Shore but that’s not the most embarrassing. The truth is I actually like the Ghost Whisperer.
5 — Which fictional character would you most like to meet and hang out with?
Barney from How I Met Your Mother – I swear I don’t watch much but he is legendary.
6 — Person whose tweets make you smile the most?
UnbraveGirl – if you could make money from tweets she’d be a millionaire.
7 — Give us something you would not do for $100,000 in tax-free cash.
Give up pork products.
8 — Best single piece of technical advice (other than “provide good content”) you have received about travel blogging?
Write about what you care about rather than what you think will draw traffic. It seems simple but in the beginning you emulate other bloggers you like without much success. Once you start writing about what you care about people will connect with you.
9 – What is your lucky charm or biggest superstition?
None. I had a lucky pewter charm that my mother gave me, it had the Bluenose on one side and the word “Discover” on the other. Unfortunately I was robbed in Vietnam and it was in my purse.
10 – You, unfortunately, have been condemned to die, but fortunately, you get to have any meal in the world before you go. What is your menu?
Omakase. (Note from your host: I had to look this up. Now I have a craving)
11 — If you could travel with one person for one week, then never see or hear from them again in your lifetime, who would you choose?
Ewan McGregor, he’s hot and loves to travel. But he can’t bring the wife or kids.
12 — Best hotel/hostel for under $25 a night you have ever stayed in?
I really like the Sous-Bois in Montreal. Located in Old Montreal, which is key, the hostel isn’t that special but it attracts really amazing backpackers. I’ve been there 4 times and always met wonderful people.
13 — You are able to ask one yes/no question to anyone in history and get a 100% honest reply — what is your question and to whom?
Back to answer 1, I’d ask Hemingway what was so terrible that he decided to kill himself. What a morbid way to end an interview!