The Not-So-Newlywed Game

Everyone loves a good quiz, don’t they? …. don’t they?! So when I was recently nominated for the Liebster award by Tracy, instead of answering the questions about myself, I decided to share the joy by turning the questions into a Fun Game for S and I to play on a long car journey. Here are S and I looking not particularly newlywed in the mountains of Andorra, just so you know who on earth we are:

For those unfamiliar, S will try to guess what I would answer for each of the questions, before I reveal the truth to him. Then we do the same in reverse. To make it slightly more shameful, I’ll point out that S and I have been married for over 6 years at this point, and we’ve been together for 10. So we really should know this stuff about each other.

Enough faffing about. On with the game!

Favourite city destination and why?

S: Ooh I’m not sure. Can I caveat it? It’s the one with fondest memories but perhaps not the one you’d return to. So, Budapest?

My answer: Ah, I did love Budapest. But that was not my answer. Traditionally, it would have been Sydney, because it’s a beautiful city with just the right mix of city-ish ness hustle and bustle with a laid back edge, and beautiful views. However, seeing as it’ll soon be our home, I feel it doesn’t count so I may now switch my answer to New York. It feels like the sort of place with endless opportunities, plus there are amazing gluten free doughnuts so I’m sorted.

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Just looook how pretty

Me: I think it might also be Sydney. Although we tend to like the same places so it could also be Budapest. Maybe Helsinki.

S’s answer: Oh I didn’t think about Helsinki. I also excluded Sydney for the same reasons, but I’m torn between Istanbul and Seattle.

Beach/Ocean/Mountain or Jungle?

S: Beach. The jungle would be too hot for you and you don’t like all the walking in mountains.

My answer: Ha, you know me too well. Yes, probably beach. Although I’m partial to a mountain from time to time – but just looking at them, not walking all up and down them.

Ettalong has beautiful beaches

The beautiful beach at Ettalong. Yeah, I pick beach…

Me: I think it’s mountain, unless it’s ocean on account of your pirate heritage.

S’s answer: I was torn between those two! Yeah probably mountain. I was going to say ocean because I love boats but you can’t really live there. But in the mountains I’d miss the ocean. Or near a port with if ships and cranes and seals and herons and crabs (does pincey crab hands)

Me: *losing it at the pincey crab hands*

Top 3 bucket list destinations?

S: Well there’s lots and we’ve ticked off a few recently – Angkor Wat, Santorini. I’m going to say a Thai beach resort, Mayan Mexico, and Rome or somewhere with ancient Mediterranean history.

My answer: This is hard! Yeh I’d like to go to a Thai beach resort but not as much as I used to. Definitely Mayan Mexico, and I’d love to go to Rome. I just don’t think we’ll fit it in because you’re not so keen. I’m not sure of mine to be honest. I think Patagonia, Mexico, and Myanmar.

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar

The temples at Bagan, Myanmar look totally magical

Me: I think you’d like to go to large swathes of South America, specifically Patagonia. Japan. And… Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, all the stans. Alright that’s more than three…

S’s answer: I wasn’t going to name all the stans, I was just going to say Central Asia! Also Patagonia. Mongolia. Also I couldn’t pick so I also want to go to Papua New Guinea, and Baja California which is a newcomer to the list. Because I really want to see a blue whale! I’d like to go to Japan but it’s not so high up the list.

Most unusual food you have eaten around the world?

S: I can’t recall you eating anything unusual when I’ve been there?

My answer: No, I’m not really an adventurous eater. Being gluten free puts a lot of things off the menu, but still. I don’t like to push the boat out. I guess it would have to be kangaroo…

Me: You ate silkworms in Cambodia! I declined to try them, despite the fact they were gluten free. You said they tasted like frazzles.

S’s answer: Ah I’d forgotten that! (Me: how????) Yes it would be the silk worms.

Most memorable travel experience?

S: Ben. Slash getting engaged in the Sydney Botanic Gardens but I’m not sure that’s really a travel memory…

My answer: There have been so many! Yes, I’d have to say getting engaged because that did happen while we were on holiday so I say it counts as a travel memory. Actually that whole trip was pretty memorable. That or maybe flightseeing the Misty Fjords in Alaska. That was incredible.

Flightseeing in the Misty Fjords, Alaska

Moar flightseeing photos. I’ve got these for daysss

Me: I think it might have been flightseeing too. I doubt you’ll count the engagement!

S’s answer: Well it was between the Misty Fjords because my memory is terrible and it’s always the most recent thing. That or our road trip up the west coast with Ben which is technically our engagement…

Favourite travel inspired novels/films?

S: I don’t know whether this would classify as travel but My Family and Other Animals? You’ve also been enjoying your John Steinbeck book and the Thesiger books.

My answer: Yes! They’re not technically about travel but Gerald Durrell wrote about his animal collecting expeditions to all sorts of interesting places, and that really inspired me as a child. I think the Bafut Beagles was one of my favourites. And you’re right, I’ve recently enjoyed reading Wilfred Thesiger and Eric Newby. The book about Steinbeck is great but it’s taking me forEVER to read.

Me: Three Cups of Tea. It’s not really about travel but it’s travel inspired…?

S’s answer: Oh yeah I’d forgotten about that one! Yes it would be that. Also In Search of Kazakhstan and Where The Hell Is Tuvalu?

Next travel destination?

S: Bangkok!

My answer: Bangkok!

The Golden Buddha, Bangkok

So shiny!

Me: Bangkok!

S’s answer: Phew! An easy one. Bangkok!

If you could travel with any famous person past or present who would it be and why?

S: Gerald Durrell! Or Michael Palin?

My answer: Yes. Definitely Gerald Durrell because he knows so much about animals and travelling. And also he sounds like he’d be a lot of fun to travel with. But also maybe David Attenborough because I just finished his autobiography and he’s just such a legend. He’d know everything about everything. Oh and who wouldn’t want to travel with Michael Palin? I watched his travel films when I was recovering from back surgery and it was like I was travelling the world with him. Also my Dad loved his programs too so it was something we used to bond over.

Me: Maybe Greg Mortensen? On account of Three Cups of Tea. Or maybe Danny Wallace? I’m not sure really.

S’s answer: I think Danny Wallace might get a bit irritating after a while to be honest. Simon Reeve! I want him to be my friend.

Me: How on earth could I forget Simon Reeve??

Favourite season to travel and why?

S: Winter because it’s cold here and you like to escape it.

My answer: Oh yeah that makes sense. I went with summer but I really meant I like to travel *to* where it’s summer. I don’t really like the cold and I like exploring new places when it’s warm and I really like eating outside for all my meals. Also ice cream.

I get teased for always being pictured holding two ice creams. I usually get the joke. When in Italy…

Me: I think summer as well.

S’s answer: Spring because I like to start the year with an exciting trip.

Me: Oooh controversial but I like it.

Favourite mode of transport when travelling?

S: I think this is a new thing- train, after Amtrak.

My answer: I quite like flying but I don’t like all the hassle around it. You’re right, I now also like trains and seaplanes!

The Rocky Mountains in America from the Amtrak Empire Builder

Why wouldn’t you love trains when the view from the window looks something like this?

Me: I think trains. We liked the train.

S’s answer: Boat! Because I’m a pirate.

Me: Groan.

Favourite travel memory?

S: Ben [our engagemoon].

My answer: Probably our engagemoon. We still talk about that all the time. That or visiting New York, I had so much fun. Although that seems a bit harsh as I went without you!

Me: I think probably our engagemoon too. Or maybe Shetland?

S’s answer: Yeah our engagemoon. Or Tallinn. Just to throw that out there.

Tallinn has one of the most magical skylines I’ve ever seen

So, did you follow all that? If you’d like to answer these questions, please do and let me know. You can do them Newlywed style or not, as you prefer. Thanks again to Tracy for nominating me and for providing the entertainment for a long car journey!

-Rachel

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16 Comments

  1. 9th January 2017 / 12:19

    Ohh this would be so fun to do! Loved reading your responses 🙂 You two have been every where!

  2. 9th January 2017 / 14:45

    The sheer amount of travel you’ve done together is so inspiring… I thought we had done a lot, but you definitely put us to shame!! Also… I vote for a video of pincey crab hands!! 😉

  3. 9th January 2017 / 15:13

    Ooh, this is such a clever way to do this post. I like it!

    Uhh, how could anyone forget eating silk worms?! I mean, I would totally try them but doubt I could ever just forget it happened!

  4. 9th January 2017 / 16:09

    This is a great post for you since you travel. Me, being a non travelers, this would be the most boring post ever from me 😉 haha

  5. 9th January 2017 / 18:39

    I love trains and seaplanes!! Living in Switzerland this past year has got me really into trains and I went on a seaplane for the first time when we went over to Canada and loved it. I need to try this fun game with my hubbie!! Tallinn looks stunning! xx

  6. Jen
    9th January 2017 / 19:33

    This is such a fun post!!! I loved reading your answers. 🙂

  7. 9th January 2017 / 20:06

    Haha I love that y’all played the newly wed game and “traveled” it up! I have to admit that Chris and I have been together for about as long as you and S and I don’t know if we would get even close to the same amount of answers correct! Although, we do have a roadtrip coming up this weekend, so I’m interested to see if we could get the answers right! I also still love that y’all had an egagamoon!

  8. 10th January 2017 / 00:20

    What a cute and fun way to answer the questions!

  9. 10th January 2017 / 03:45

    I love how you put a spin on answering the questions! Train has always been my favorite mode of transport too, and look forward to your trip to Bangkok, I want to visit Thailand some time next year.

  10. 10th January 2017 / 06:16

    Haha I also like looking at mountains but you won’t catch me trying to hike up one. I also love the term “engagemoon”, amazing.

  11. 10th January 2017 / 15:11

    It looks like you had fun with this game/post. 🙂 I can’t believe how much we have in common – ice cream, not hiking up mountains, preferring train travel to the hassle of flying. 🙂 The good news is: it looks like your hubby knows you pretty well even if the two of you don’t always agree on where you would like to go. But I’m guessing your differences make you better people and encourage you to try things outside of your comfort level. I’m a little shocked at the two crazy foods mentioned in this post, though – kangaroo and silk worms. EWW. And I felt brave for eating steak tartare!

  12. 10th January 2017 / 22:01

    hahaha i want to look at mountains and not walk up and down them as well. kangaroo is probably the most adventurous thing i’ve eaten.. at the same time as crocodile, gross. i’m not adventurous either.

  13. 11th January 2017 / 17:37

    haha slightly difficult to follow, but so funny! I love it! ‘boat cause I’m a pirate’ made me laugh more than it should have lol. I’m definitely with you on train as a great mode of transportation!

  14. 11th January 2017 / 23:08

    Tell me where these gluten free donuts in NY are?! We’re going there later this year and I think that needs to be on my must eat list 😉

    This is such a fun little questionnaire!

  15. 1st February 2017 / 12:22

    haha, this was fun to read! “Three Cups of Tea” is a good read, indeed. For a long time we both agreed that our honeymoon was our best trip ever (a road trip in the midwest USA)–mostly because it was a long vacation, plus it was our first ever vacation together, we’d just been married six months (since I had exams and he’d just started a new job when we actually got married). Since then, though, I think our couple of days in Hawaii surpassed it, and last year’s Japan trip tried really hard to surpass that one…but it’s hard to beat Hawaii.
    Unlike S, I do not claim “pirate heritage”, however I have a long-standing affinity for pirates, the ocean, ships, and deserted islands.

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