I can't wait to introduce one of my lovely sponsors, Anjali!
She's a New Zealander who moved to England,
and then came back to New Zealand earlier this year.
Oh, and (possibly more importantly) she loves Harry Potter just as much as I do.
Stop by and say hello!
1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your blog. What do you write about?
My name is Anjali, and I'm a New Zealander with a love of travel, books, photography, movies, all things arty farty, DIY and creative. My blog, From L&P to English Tea, is a mix of all these things, as well as my rather large obsession with Harry Potter, and also lists.
2. Your blog name is so unique! What is the story behind it?
'From L&P to English Tea' really started in 2010 when I discovered that my family were shipping out from New Zealand to England at the end of the year for a new job. I stayed behind to finish my Philosophy degree in 2011, and then in early 2012 I joined them. 'L&P', if you're unsure, is a New Zealand fizzy drink (soda/pop), and it's very Kiwi and very popular here. 'English Tea' is...well it's English Tea. It was only fitting that I joined the two together to create a (rhyming) blog name. Now that I've returned home to NZ after spending 2 fantastic years around Europe, I simply added 'and back again' to the bottom of my header, because let's face it, changing my entire blog name would get confusing for everyone.
3. New Zealand or England? Which would you rather live in?
Ooo! This is a tough one! When I was in England and people asked me if I missed home, of course I yes. I really did. But actually now that I'm home, I realise how awesome my time in the UK really was, and how much I miss it. It's funny how you don't know what you've got till it's gone, eh? So I think that NZ will always be home, and to be honest it's a lot easier living here, but I will definitely go back to England one day, perhaps to live. They both have pros and cons. For now, it's NZ...but in the future...who knows? :)
4. Which Hogwarts house would you be in and why?
LOVE this question. So I actually did a blog post a while back now about what Hogwarts house I would be in, but long post short, I was sorted in Gryffindor on Pottermore (the most legit sorting, of course), but then I lost my password and nothing was working and I got frustrated and just created a new account...where I was sorted in Hufflepuff. So from then on I've declared I'm starting a new house - Gryffinpuff Huffledor - for all those people out there who really are in the two houses at the same time.
5. Congratulations on having stamps in your passport for 16 countries! What has been your favorite trip?
Thank you! I've been incredibly blessed with opportunities to travel during my life, and I hope it doesn't stop here! There have been so many trips that I've loved, but a highlight was definitely Amsterdam last year in June. My dad had a work trip for a day conference, so I tagged along (which I did several times) and while we were only there for one night and two days, it was such a great time. I love all the boats and the canals, and the bicycles everywhere. The history was really amazing too, and the museums. It is a very, very cool place and I highly recommend a trip there, should you ever get the chance.
Louvre: The picture above is me in Paris last year. Before we left to come in early January, we had to make a trip to Paris (you can't be all the way over in England and not go to Paris, people!). It was the week before Christmas, and it was freezing, but it was so beautiful. The French do Christmas wonderfully. If you get a chance to go to Paris at Christmastime, do it. So worth it.
Amsterdam: The picture above is be outside the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The first day we were there we went and wandered around this huge museum, and it was really neat. If you've seen The Fault in our Stars, there's a scene where they are walking out of that entrance up there, and when I saw it in the movie I got all excited, as you would. :)