After picking up the questions posted by Mrs. Bean for the Outstanding Blogging Award, here we are receiving the same nomination from Sunny Days with Juliette. Thank you for remembering us, Juliette!
She is one of the first blogs we followed because her radiant energy cannot be denied. Reading her is so refreshing. And now, on to her interesting questions!
What is one thing you would like to see/visit/do at least once in your life?
Markus: Spend a night in the desert. I have a pretty romantic notion of it that’s probably not accurate, but it’s been in my head ever since I read “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”.
Micah: I would like to see the Aurora. I imagine it is the closest I can get to seeing space stuff from out there. Side note: Here is my favorite science vlog if you are into that.
When traveling, what was your biggest cultural shock or “oh wow – this culture is so different from mine” moment?
Markus: I tend to cope well with difference, but what struck me was the super wide-spread use of betel nut in Burma and the bleedy-looking gums associated with it.
Micah: In India and Kota Kinabalu, I had a hard time with the dress code for women. Intellectually, I understand the culture and why these restrictions are in place but I could not, for the life of me, digest it emotionally.
Is there something that you saw in another country that you wish could be in yours (it can be anything: objects, food, nature, etc.)?
Markus: I’d love to have fresh coconut and mango in Germany.
Micah: I have a lot of respect for the Balinese on how they have kept their traditional way of lives despite massive Western influence. I always fantasize about pre-colonial Philippines and am overjoyed when I learn more about it.
How do you plan your holidays – if you plan them at all?
Markus + Micah: No plan, for better or worse.
When the pandemic is over, you are granted a whole month off from work/studying. What would you do?
Markus: Be at the tiny house and travel, no question.
Micah: Oddly the same things that I have been doing during the pandemic, which is cook simple food, look after the plants, support the turtles, and welcome guests to our tiny house. Of course, I will briefly travel somewhere but unlike pre-pandemic where I am overseas full-time. This is just speculation though. Life is funny sometimes.
Tell us about one interesting person you met when traveling, even if you only met them very briefly.
Markus: Anyone who carved out an existence for themselves that is completely divergent from the norm fascinates me. I’ve known someone who does dive instructing and winemaking, depending on the time of year. Another person who lives on nothing and just takes photos. Someone else who has taught English everywhere from the Middle East to Thailand. Inspiring.
Micah: Mark Kuan inspires me. Markus has spent more time with him but Mark’s actions and philosophies in business and in life have guided me in making decisions for our tiny house and how it will move forward.
A high school student from your town wants to take a gap year to travel before starting university. Where would you tell them to go? Why?
Markus: Traveling Southeast Asia has been incredible and I can only recommend it to anyone not from there who would like to dip their toes in a new environment and culture. Most paths are reasonably well-traveled, so even if you get lost, you will be fine.
Micah: Explore every inch of The Philippines! It is an enormous country with thousands of islands and different cultures on every rock. Much of the country is Americanized but discovering the more remote regions will lend a clue to who we were and who we are and why we matter on equal footing with everyone else around the world.
If you are keen, we would love to hear your answers to these same questions, too. We thought they were very good. Looking forward to learning more about you!