Interview with The Welsh Italian diaries

I thought it would be a fun idea to interview a friend and fellow blogger. She’s a very talented writer and general all round brilliant person. I have no problem in sharing her blog because we write about completely different things, but even if we didn’t I’d still sing her praises.

Name: Danielle

Blog: Welsh Italian Diaries

Topics: travel, adventure and experiences

Describe yourself using 3 words: adventurous, inquisitive, ambitious

How did we become friends?

A few years ago we both worked for a small company with a team of 4. We immediately hit it off as friends. We not only worked in the same place but we both had an interest in blogging. Although we are very different in lots of ways, when we both moved on from that place.. we kept in touch and became closer than every. Which is really cheesy, but oh so true. We do so much together including exciting things we can blog about: ice skating, attending concerts and shows, day trips and exploring.

What made you start your blog?

I started my blog a few years ago because I wanted to be more creative and wanted my own little space on the internet like my own little diary where I could share my thoughts and ideas. Then over time it has evolved and it encouraged me to go out and do new things, try new things and share my experiences. It has taught me to live more. So now, my blog is all about the exciting things I do and the amazing places I visit. I hope it inspires people to get out there more.

Where is your favourite place to write a blog?

Coffee shops!Every since I lived in London I have loved visiting coffee shops on my own so i can people watch which is really inspiring and thought provoking. It is nice to be surrounded by people without necessarily having to interact. So I can feel like I have got company, even when I want time on my own… and obviously a nice cup of coffee helps.

How long does it normally take you to write a blog?

Normally an hour? it depends on what i write to be honest. If its about a place then i like to research the history of it before hand so that can take a while. It takes a lot of time to upload my travel holiday photos though .. but I want to get it just right.

Favourite places you’ve been that you’ve blogged about?

a couple of years ago i did an adventure holiday to Iceland, Canada and New York. I had so much to say about all 3 places that I ended up doing a mini series of 3 blogs, one for each location. It is hard to pick a favourite but i would say my favourite place so far has been Iceland. I have already been twice~! and there is a lot to love about it.

Seeing as I am The Welsh Italian diaries… I have to mention Italy.

I did a blog about Cinque Terre. The 5 famous Italian villages on the coast. It’s a huge contrast to Iceland in many ways, not just the weather but the food and the culture too, and as much as I love Iceland, Italy will always hold a special place in my heart. If you are looking for a sunny holiday, definitely go to Italy. If you’re looking for a winter holiday then id recommend Iceland.

Name some places you’d like to visit that you could blog about?

I’ve recently been to Croatia and I’m yet to write my blog about it. It was somewhere I wanted to visit for a long time and it was such an inspiring trip because there is a lot of culture and history which fascinates me, and we also got a change to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina which is probably not somewhere I ever would have visited before. We packed loads into the trip, so i have lots of exciting stories to tell.

As for places I’d like to blog about; I have made it my new years resolution to visit Asia this year. I really want to see a new continent and experience an entirely different culture. So I have been daydreaming about visiting Sri Lanka, Bali and Thailand.

Have you had any exciting experiences just because of your blog?

YES 😀 Doing my blog has pushed me out of my comfort zone in many ways and inspired me to try lots of new things. Just a few examples:

I have tried my hand at photography

I have visited Kew gardens

I visited a rum festival (I don’t even like rum)

and I went canoeing on the river Wye.

Do you see yourself as always been a travel blogger, and if so where would you like it to take you in the future?

I think i will always love writing about places and experiences i have. So i think my blog will always revolve around travel as one of the key themes. Recently i have also found it to be a really good way to share other things i am passionate about as well. Although its primarily an adventure type blog, i also write about things that are close to my heart like mental health. In the future I will continue writing about places i visit and i would absolutely love to be a travel writer who gets to travel the world and write about it creatively to inspire others to see the world. It would be my dream job.

If you were to start all over again, and travel and adventure blogging was not an option, what else would you love to focus a blog on?

I would probably write about food. I am a foodie! But I’m \not very good at cooking. Id love to be a food critic writing about what I recommend. But i would love being paid to eat.

So, lets get more personal tell me some funky *FUN.KEY* facts about you (that I can share on my blog) ?

1. I am a big dog lover. My special little fury friend is called Pepsi, and she features in lots of my blogs. She travels the world with me and my family

2.I used to be a children’s nurse – and I somehow ended up in marketing. (It’s a long story)

3.Unless you haven’t already guessed: i’m half welsh and half Italian

I was brought up in Wales but my family still has a lot of Italian traditions. In particular, lots of people think its weir, but we don’t have turkey for christmas dinner.

4.The first CD ever bought Im embarrassed to say it) was B*Witched

i have come a long way since there. Now i love live music and try to go to as many concerts and festivals as i can.

5. This is really hard… ummmmmmm… help.

So I love doing active things like rock climbing . I started climbing when I was in uni and it is a really good way of keeping fit, socialising and taking some time out. You really have to focus on what you’re doing and its a good challenge. I have also climbed a mountain in Snowdonia, Idwal Slabs.

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to start a blog but doesnt know where to begin?

I would advise anyone to satrt a blog whether they think they are good at writing or not. When I started my blog i wasnt interestied in other people reading it. I wanted to be creative and have an outlet for my thoughts. It has proved to be an invaluable way of getting my thoughts out of my head and onto paper (or in this case typed!), giving me space to think about other things. it has also really pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me grown in so many ways. Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start, just start by writing something. Just let it flow…. (see where it takes you)

Us having coffee today at 200 degrees in Cardiff

Thanks Danielle for featuring on my blog! Heres a pic of use today having coffee in 200 Degrees in Cardiff on a VERY rainy day.

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