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Thursday Tidbits: Premio Dardos Award

After coming home from Istanbul and adjusting to the daily routine, I got the news that Anda from Travel Notes And Beyond nominated me for a Premio Dardos award, which is givenΒ β€œin recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.” My first thought was: wow, I’m good! πŸ˜‰

The name means prize/award darts in Spanish, which is basically what this is actually about: you get nominated, then you nominate 15 other people you think are worthy of this award. You could say you throw some darts at them, so to speak!

To be completely honest, these awards may not seem much, you don’t actually win anything, you can’t pay your bills with them (well there’s an idea!). But their meaning can’t be overlooked, they show that someone somewhere reads and appreciates what you write week after week. When I first started out, I wasn’t expecting anyone but my mom to follow my blog so I’m grateful for every little bit of support. If anything, it always manages to put a smile on my face. πŸ™‚ So thank you once again, Anda!

Premio Dardos
What these awards feel like…

So here are my 15 nominations, in alphabetical order:

City Of The Week -Adri is a girl from Romania with a passion for discovery new places. Her posts about Romania will convince you to visit our beautiful country (in case I haven’t already! πŸ˜› )

Continental Breakfast Travel – Speaking of people whom I did convince to pay Romania a visit, John is on a quest to visit every country in Europe until he’s 30.

Dream Explore Wander – Aggy’s bubbly personality will make you read story after story and realize it’s about time you visited Indonesia.

Ferreting Out The Fun – I’ve always wanted to go to Riga and since I stumbled upon Heather’s blog, that wish only intensified, with each beautiful picture she posts. Looks like I may finally see the Latvian capital this year! πŸ˜‰

Gail At Large – Gail is a Canadian expat living in Porto, Portugal, who posts gorgeous photos of the country she currently calls home and also makes me jealous that she lives so close to the places I have to travel a long distanceΒ to see.

Geeky Explorer – Blogging from Barcelona, Bruno writes about “travelling smart” and encourages people to visit the Azores. That sounds like a good plan to me!

Home & Away – Anna’s blog should come with a warning becauseΒ it will indubitablyΒ make you want to visit Russia. While she doesn’t shy away from writing about her country’s not-so-good parts, after reading her posts you’ll want to hop on a plane and have a drink with her in Moscow. πŸ˜€

Kingdoms And Paradise – Adelina is a Romanian expat in Germany who has fallen in love with traveling and writes about her new home and the country closest to her heart.

Need Another HolidayΒ – I cannot stress this enough, Clare’s unique way of sharing her stories and her love for part time travel is what encouraged me to continue with my blog when every blogger seemed to be on the road all the time.

Packing My Suitcase – One of the nicest people I’ve met and a dear friend, Allane’s posts are full of charm and soon enough you’ll want to visit her favorite destinations as well. And start diving! πŸ˜€

Places People Stories – Hanne comes from Norway and has traveled to over 50 countries. She loves to meet new people and learn about their culture and stories, a love that she shares on her blog.

Red Bohemia – A lover of yoga and raw chocolate, Kavitha writes about places she has fallen in love with and dreams about traveling the world. She has also promised me a glass of wine in Iceland (or Malaysia) πŸ˜›

The Migrant Expats – There are many blogs out there about Germany and while I haven’t been yet (this needs to change soon!), I like to read about places from people who know what they’re talking about so in this case, Derek and Marc’s stories! πŸ˜€

Travelling Buzz – Maria is a part time traveler from Bulgaria and chances are you don’t know much about her country so you definitely need to read her blog asap!

Wise Monkeys Abroad – Le and David have contracted the travel bug, but they’re not looking for a cure yet, instead they’d spend hours daydreaming about holidays (hm, there may be a tiny chance I might have it too!).

Thank you again Anda for this lovely surprise!

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  • Thank you so much, Vlad. This is a big honour! And of-course I will share this everywhere πŸ˜€

    • It was my pleasure! Thank you! πŸ˜€

  • Marc @ The Migrant Expats

    Vlad, thank you a lot! We really like the background of this award and are all the more honored that you have put us on this list πŸ™‚ Muchas gracias!

    • De nada, you have a great blog so you deserve this award! πŸ˜€

  • Thanks for the nomination and reading along, Vlad! It looks like I’m in very good company in your list.

    • You’re welcome, I love reading your blog, it reminds me why I love Portugal so much! πŸ˜€

  • Wow Vlad thank you! You are too nice! πŸ™‚
    You have a palinka on the house next time you’re in Transylvania! πŸ˜‰

    • Haha, love the gif! And thanks for the offer! πŸ˜‰

      • I am just watching Friends for the first time and I totally love it πŸ˜€

        • Haha, I’ve seen every episode at least 3 times! πŸ˜€

  • Thank you, Vlad! You’re awesome and def know how to make someone’s day! Now, everybody, come to Bulgaria! xD

    • Haha, I’m happy to have made your day! I’d love to see more of Bulgaria, I’ve only been to Bachik and Kaliakra. Loved it though, I should write something here as well. πŸ˜‰

    Thank you thank you :)))
    Do I even know 15 blog(gers)? Eh, I will try πŸ˜‰

    • I WOULD AND I WILL! Not sure when, but I definitely will! πŸ˜‰

  • Oh! I’m always looking for new blogs to explore, so thanks for this great list! I already read a couple of them, but most are new to me. Have a nice weekend!

    • My pleasure, hope you had a great weekend πŸ™‚

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  • WOW! What an honour πŸ™‚ Thanks so much Vlad for putting us on this list. We are so very appreciative of getting a mention.

    • You deserve it, I love reading your blog! πŸ˜€

  • Congrats … your hard work as gotten you to this point … well deserved!

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Heather Hall

    Thank you so much for your kind words and nomination! I’ll be more than happy to show you around Riga when you come to visit πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! πŸ˜€ Speaking of Riga, I have sent you an email with some questions. πŸ˜‰

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you, Vlad! Loving all these awards you’re throwing my way. And a big congratulations to you too – much deserved πŸ™‚

    • Well you totally deserve it, so I’ll keep throwing awards your way! πŸ˜€

  • Amazing!!! Congratulations!! Pretty much deserved!! And thank you soooooo much for thinking of me, I appreciate each word you just wrote about me, so sweet of you πŸ˜€ I am very happy to have met you!

    • Thank you, I’m happy that we’ve met as well! Hopefully we’ll meet offline soon too. πŸ˜€

  • First of all, congrats for being nominated!
    And then thank you so much for thinking of my website. Like you said, these prizes have no physical translation, but it sure feels good to know someone publicly appreciates your work… spontanesously!

    Thanks again mate!

    • It was my pleasure! πŸ˜€

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  • You have officially been thanked and worshipped: πŸ™‚