Jenni from Museum Diary was kind enough to throw me a BEST BLOG Blogstöckchen (blog stick) last week with 11 questions loosely based around museums and blogging to answer. The idea is that you answer these questions, alter them slightly (if you wish) and then pass the BEST BLOG Blogstöckchen onto three other bloggers to see if they would like to carry it on. So first here are my answers to Jenni’s questions…
1. Who are you and what do you like about blogging?
My name is Melanie and I love to blog about my city, Copenhagen and life in Denmark. I have lived here for six years and I love it so much so I share all that I love about it with my readers plus some other observations on life.
2. What is the most popular post on your blog?
My most popular post is a funny one I wrote about becoming Danish, which went viral last year amongst the expat community here. I talked about all the things I thought were odd when I first moved here and how they are now part of my everyday life.
3. And which post on your blog is your personal favourite?
My personal favourite is one where I shared my thoughts what my eighteen year old self would think of me now. Occasionally I dip my toe into less Copenhagen based posts and more personal topics, which I enjoy.
4. If you had a whole week just to blog: which subject would you like to thoroughly research and write about?
I would blog about Danish design and architecture. I am fascinated by this and would love time to really immerse myself in learning about this. I would travel all around the city visiting the showrooms of the famous designers such as Muuto, Normann and many others smaller designers, speaking to them about their inspiration. I would visit all the buildings , famous and less known, designed by the big names in Danish design and take millions of photos.
5. If you could ask anyone at all to write a guest post for your blog (you can be as utopian as you like), who would you chose and what would you ask them to write about?
This is a tough one. As it can be utopian I would love to have Arne Jacobsen write about his life and inspiration. And what he thinks now about modern Danish design. Sadly he died in 1971 so this has to remain a dream.
6. What has been your most memorable museum experience?
It would have to be visiting the Science Museum in London with my mum and my grandad in 1983 (I remember the year as it was the first day it was law for drivers to wear a seatbelt in the UK and my grandad forgot). They had a special exhibition about holograms, which were very new in those days. I was amazed to see a hologram that completed a broken glass and another that I think you could walk around. I often visited this museum and the Natural History Museum with my grandad but this was the best time.
7. What was the last museum you visited and how was it?
The last museum I visited was the Revy Museet (Revue Museum). It is tiny museum close to my home dedicated to Danish revue theatre. It wasn’t a long visit but I found it really interesting and I learned a lot about a subject I previously knew very little.
8. Share your favourite photo with us that you took at a museum.
This is my son at the SMK here in Copenhagen a year ago. He is deciding where to go next.
9. If time and money were not an issue, which museum in the world would you most like to visit?
My answer to this is not specific to a museum visit, although that would be part of it. I would love to visit Japan and immerse myself in the culture. I am fascinated by this country and would love to learn more about it – both historically and culturally.
10. There are many big and famous museums, but which is your personal favourite ‘hidden gem’?
I have two here. To visit with my son I would say the DDR Museum in Berlin. It is so interactive and amazingly interesting for both adults and children but I suppose not really a hidden gem. My own favourite museum really is a hidden gem as it no longer exists – The Museum of Mankind in London. It fuelled my desire to study Anthropology and a massive fascination with shrunken heads and crystal skulls.
11. Do you have any insider tips on any of the museums you have visited or blogged about?
I think my best insider tip is to take your child to the Children’s workshop at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. They have massive tubs of recycled materials to make things from, easels for artwork and is a creative child’s heaven.
So, now that I’ve answered the questions, I need to pick some other bloggers to pass the BEST BLOG Blogstöckchen on to. I have changed the questions a bit and angled them more towards travel – to that end I invite Kate from Sole Satisfaction; Deepa from Currystrumpet and Jillian from Jillian in Italy to take the BEST BLOG Blogstöckchen on further.
Here are my questions for you:
- Who are you and what do you like about blogging?
- What is the most popular post on your blog?
- And which post on your blog is your personal favourite?
- If you had a whole week just to blog: which subject would you like to thoroughly research and write about?
- If you could ask anyone at all to write a guest post for your blog (you can be as utopian as you like), who would you chose and what would you ask them to write about?
- What has been your most memorable travel experience?
- What was the last place you visited and how was it?
- Share your favourite photo with us that you took on your travels.
- If time and money were not an issue, which city in the world would you most like to visit?
- What is your favourite travel post on your blog and why?
- Do you have any insider tips on any of the places you have visited or blogged about?
And here’s what you have to do:
- Answer the eleven questions – you can adapt them a little to fit your blog, if you like.
- Include the BEST BLOG image in your post, and link back to the person who nominated you (that would be me, by the way, or more specifically, this blog post).
- Devise eleven new questions – or feel free to keep any of these ones here if you like them – and pass them on to how ever many bloggers you would like to.