Thank you to the wonderfuldirtydina
Here are the meme rules:
1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, like your favourite lyric to your current favourite song. Or your favourite kind of sandwich. Something random. Whatever you like. (I would love it if your random comment made me laugh!)
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You then update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.
I’m actually from where I live now, a little village in the county of Somerset in the south-west of England. I moved away at nineteen but circumstances drew me back after fifteen years. I like the area very much and am delighted that it seems to be in the middle of so much history, beauty and so many interesting places.
2. How did you get so interested in New Zealand?
I don’t really know. I had always been fascinated by New Zealand ever since I was a child, from wildlife programmes and stories that I heard about it. I always dreamt of going there. I had some life-long friends who moved there in the late nineties (they are now proud New Zealand citizens) and I decided I would visit them to see them after a couple of years. I remember standing outside the International terminal at Auckland Airport at about five in the morning on the day that I arrived, looking around at the Norfolk Island pines and the flax plants and thinking, ‘Bugger me, I’m actually in New Zealand.’ Nothing could have taken the grin off my face at that moment! I have been there four times altogether now, and the delight, wonder and sheer excitement has never dimmed. I can honestly say that there are places in New Zealand where I feel more at home than I do in my own house.
3. You seem to have a lot of people from Russia on your FL; have you been to Russia/what is your affinity to Russia/how did you meet them to get on your FL?
That’s a long story. I have never been to Russia, but would love to one day. The main reason would be to meet someone who is very special to me, so very special. I have a friend from St Petersburg, the incredibleilmera. We have known each other for quite a long time and it was her who suggested that I set up an LJ so that we could keep in touch easier. Obviously, she was the first person on my friends list. She introduced me to a couple of her LJ friends as well. Many of my other Russian LJ friends have come from my membership of some communities, mostly photography ones. Another LJ friend who I really value isaotea. She is from Vladivostock but lives in New Zealand. To this day I don’t know how she found me but she did and we have become good friends. Several people on her friends list have also added me and they are all great people, and that includesyanka85who has also become a close friend who I think a lot of. To me there is something remarkable about Russian people and Russian culture. I want to learn so much more from my Russian friends; the world should know more about its largest and most diverse country.
4. Have you met anyone from LJ "in real life" after meeting them on LJ?
Yes I have.jackiesjottingshas an affinity with Glastonbury, a town with a mystical history that is close to where I live, as do I. We have met up there a couple of times and also met at the stone circles of Avebury. We have a lot in common and seem to get along very well.ironicpseudonymis from West Auckland and he stayed with me for a few days while he was travelling around Europe and North America earlier this year. While he was here I took him to meetrosabella, who is a mutual friend. There are many others that I would love to meet and I’m sure I’ll get to meet some of them in the coming year.
5. How/why did you start an LJ to begin with?
As it turns out I pretty much answered that in question three. It was thanks to my inspiring, brilliant and heart-warming friendilmerafrom St Petersburg.