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The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

I hope this lovely award ceremony finds everyone in good health. I am incredibly honoured to have received this award. I would like to thank my mother, my fath- Wait. Wrong speech. That’s for the Nobel Prize.

*clears throat*

Hello everyone! As November goes by quickly- and yet not fast enough- I decided to catch up with the tags and awards I have been tagged in before this mess of a year is out.

At the begining of October I was tagged by Naemi @A Book Owl’s Corner to receive The Black Cat Blue Sea Award- thank you so much, Naemi!- and the time has finally come for me to answer those questions. If you’re not following Naemi’s blog, you’re missing out on some great content!

The Meaning of the Black Cat Blue Sea Award

“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

The Rules

  • Anybody nominated can nominate seven (lucky number) other bloggers.
  • Anybody nominated answers three questions.
  • The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  • If any of the questions asked are offending or the nominee simply does not want to answer them, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

Naemi’s Questions

1. If you had to write a bucket list, which three things would be right at the top?

Top of my list would definitely be travelling the world. Is it a realistic goal to have in the state of the local (and global) economy? No. But, it’s been my dream since forever. I want to travel, to see as many countries as possible, to meet new cultures, to visit famous landmarks, to truly be a citizen of the world. I was planning to take the first step and travel beyond my own country’s borders for the first time in my life this year, but due to the unforseen circumstances the plan has been put on hold for now.

Secondly, I’d love to learn as many languages as possible. Nothing compares to the beauty of languages and the process of language learning. I’m already fluent in Greek and English, I speak French, I can read Ancient Greek and Latin, and I’m currently studying Spanish. I’d love to pick up Serbian and Arabic next, and then we’ll see.

Third on my list I’d put visiting Broadway and watching at least one musical there. This has been my dream ever since I discovered musical theatre. It’s like my Disneyland after Disneyland (where I’ve never been either and I also want to go one day). I don’t even care about the rest of the country (sorry friends from USA), I just want to walk down that famous street where magic happens.

2. What is/was your favorite subject in school and why?

Oh, this is a tough question for me, since I was the weirdo that actually enjoyed school, or at least the learning experience. I loved Literature, where we studied Greek texts of course, and Ancient Greek Literature in high school, where we spent each year studying both the ancient and the translated texts of the Odyssey, the Iliad, Eurypides’ Helen, and Sophocles’ Antigone. But, my absolute favourite would be either European Literature or Art History. I took both those classes as electives in high school and they were so refreshing and delightful.

In European Literature we studied works of prominent non-Greek European authors, both poetry and fiction. Plus, in one class the teacher made us watch Dead Poet’s Society (we were all crying), which has since become one of my favourite movies. In Art History, on the other hand, we studied and discussed the different Art Movements, while also comparing different artistic media of each Era. This subject really cultivated a deeper appreciation of the Arts in me.

Since I have to choose one of these, I’ll go with Art History, only because our teacher was the most beautifully chaotic person I’ve ever met. Each class with him was a full experience.

3. If you could trade lives with a fictional character, would you do it? And if you had to, whom would you chose?

I don’t think I’d willingly trade lives with a fictional character. No matter how immersed I get in stories, I’ve never seen myself as part of them. I’m a really boring person, I don’t think I’m cut for adventures.

If I absolutely had to choose a character to trade lives with , though, then I’d pick Dr. Watson from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. Following around Sherlock Holmes while he displays his genius and solves crimes? Yes, please! Where do I sign up?

My Questions

  1. If you had to listen to only one song for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
  2. You’re having five literary figures (real or fictional, or both) over for dinner. Who are they and what are you serving?
  3. What’s your go-to activity when you want to lift your spirits?

My nominations

  1. Line @ First Line Reader
  2. Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
  3. Mary @ Mary Drover
  4. Margaret @Weird Zeal
  5. Allison @Universe Within Pages
  6. Elodie @UrsaReads
  7. Elli @AceReader

Of course, you don’t have to do answer my questions if you don’t want to. It’s stressing me out to even tag you, but I really enjoy reading your posts!

Would you rather be part of a story or watch it unfold as a reader? Would you trade lives with a character?

17 thoughts on “The Black Cat Blue Sea Award”

  1. Thank you so much for nominating me 😊

    I relate to your answer about not wanting to trade lives with a character. All that adventure? No, thank you. Although Watson is a clever choice when you had to pick someone. That would be so interesting.

    Also, just letting you know I’m jealous of all those subjects you studied. They sound way cooler than anything I ever had.

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  2. Ooh, please take me along on your world trip and language study journey! 🤗 I really want to learn Arabic at some point, too – so far, all I’ve tried to do is learn the alphabet with Duolingo, and it’s confusing me way more than it probably should… It seems even harder than initially learning the Roman or cyrillic alphabet did 😥

    Also, what do you mean “the time has finally come” to answer these – one month isn’t that bad, right? 😅 *Tries not to think of the fact that there are still tags from back in August that are sitting in my drafts folder*

    I’m also profoundly jealous of those classes you had in school. We didn’t have anything nearly as awesome as “European Literature”, and spent most of our German classes writing essays on why or why not Cannabis should be legalized or summaries of random passages from books that we never had to read in their entirety 🙄 But I do relate to having had a beautifully chaotic art teacher! 😂

    And I agree that being Watson might be pretty cool! Though I’d probably chicken out last minute, once I realize that the job might involve seeing blood. Lots of blood 😱😰

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    1. As soon as everyone is vaccinated, we’re going on that journey! The Arabic alphabet does seem too challenging, but challenge is part of the beauty of language learning I believe.

      Since August? God, I would have died of stress. According to logic, one month isn’t bad at all. But, I can’t let them pile up too much, it’s too stressful.

      Those classes were really great, but don’t let them fool you. The Greek school system is a mess. Cannabis, you say? We had to write essays on whether the death penalty should exist or not. An interesting fact about the teacher who taught Art History is that he wasn’t even an art teacher. He had degrees in Philosophy, Philology, and Psychology and he used to tell us stories of when he worked as a social worker in prison.

      I didn’t think about the blood when answering, but I can see it being a problem for me too.

      Thank you again for tagging me!

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      1. Wow, your art teacher sure lived his life to the fullest! I can’t even imagine getting that many degrees; I’m already struggling with two 😁 And he must have had so many interesting stories to tell – you never really hear much about what goes on in prisons if you don’t make an effort to research it yourself, so it’s really cool he was able to share his experiences with you! Our art teacher actually really was an artist – she even invited us to her exhibitions and everything, which was also pretty neat 😊

        Oh, and we actually had the death penalty essay, too 🙈 I guess it’s part of general European education? 😂 But the ridiculous thing is that the death penalty is actually still in the Bavarian consitution, because people argue German law (which forbids it) overrules Bavarian law anyway, which means there’d be no point in revising it. So I actually had a pretty fun time arguing that the symbolism of still theoretically having that law also says a lot about a state’s values, which is why we should get rid of it. So I hated the Cannabis essay more, since at least regarding the death penalty, I had actual knowledge and opinions 😅😂 But yeah – school’s do seem to choose some pretty depressing essay topics…

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  3. Oh, thank you so much for nominating me for this wonderful sounding award, Nefeli! ❤

    I was also supposed to travel outside my country's borders this year for the first time, and I'm so sad that it got cancelled. We had a trip planned to Scotland & England, and there were just so many parts of it that sounded out of this world fun. Broadway is definitely worth the visit, at least once, too! I've seen so many incredible productions there, but Lion King will always stand out as my favorite.

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    1. I was planning to to to England, too, combining tourism with some seminars. Let’s hope we both get to make those trips soon! Oh, I’ve seen pictures of the Lion King production and it looks amazing! I’ll definitely try to see it if I ever go to Broadway.

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  4. Congratulations Nefeli and I agree with your answer about the fictional character. I wouldn’t mind being a character in a YA, but never in a book like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson

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    1. Thank you! I’d have to thank the school curriculum for all that knowledge, though I do really love picking up new languages!

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  5. Congrats on the award Nefeli!!! These answers were all so much fun to read 🥰 Firstly, Watson is such a clever choice. I would love to tag along on Sherlock Holmes’s expeditions too 🤩

    And also, Broadway!!!! Don’t worry, I get that bit about not caring about the rest of the country — I’m a New Yorker and that’s how I feel 90% of the time 😂 It’s such a shame that Broadway’s been shut down until at least June… hopefully things can all go back to normal soon and you and I can both go watch some musicals 😄

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    1. Thank you so much!! It’s so sad that Broadway (and so many theatres worldwide) is closed for so long, but health and safety come first. But, it will be there for us to visit after the pandemic dies out. I hope we both get to enjoy this magic soon!

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