Loving beaches is not a requirement to be a global traveller. So it is refreshing to interview today the travel blogger behind Piglet’s House, please meet Ruth Sheffer.
What is your name?
Which country do you come from/call home?
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
Live and work in China
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
We have a pension from our working life in Israel.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I was 13 and I went to stay with my penfriend in France.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Many places but especially Berlin. I had not really wanted to go there, thought it would be a depressing place and loved it!
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Yes,we bought train tickets with no return half on May 1 in China and spent the whole day sleeping at the airport (with the flu) not to mention the money we wasted.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Many! Hard to choose but every day in China provides an anecdote or three. The word for eggplant and the word for shoe in Chinese are similar. We tried to buy eggplants but the vegetable seller kept staring at my shoes.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
Usually I can find a redeeming feature of a place. Did not enjoy Brussels very much can’t really define the reason, the vibe was wrong, so we jumped in a car and went to Holland.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Probably Barcelona. I just love the city which seems to have everything-art, beach, food, fashion, mountain and a great public transport system.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
I don’t really like the term but I certainly have destinations I still want to see- Laos,(maybe this summer), Australian, New Zealand, to name a few.
Can you imagine life without travel?
No, that would be really hard. I keep trying to “get cured” but I can’t do it.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
Piglet’s House www.rsheffer.wordpress.com
When did you begin your website?
I began it in 2010 when the idea of retiring early and heading for China started bubbling in my head.
It helped me to hold on to the dream and make it happen.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
I don’t want to forget all the wonderful places we have seen and the people we have met.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
I think it’s very personal and immediate (and I think I write well!) I have always loved words and I only recently realised that people actually do enjoy what I write. That’s very gratifying.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
I think my piece about Taiwan was very popular. Of course that is a destination which many people are attracted to.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
I very much enjoyed writing about the UNESCO Heritage site in Fujian province. It involved me actually looking it up online and finding out some facts about the place, and that was fun.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
Train no question! I am not a big fan of water, but I love to gaze out of the train window, see the view drift by and occasionally listen to music, doze or read.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Go where you want but do some basic research first. Don’t have too many expectations.
What has travel taught you?
That I love life, meeting people and that I can make do with less possessions than I thought.
Do you like to travel alone or with a companion?
I travel with my husband without whom life would be dull and difficult.
What was difficult when you came to China?
The cultural differences are still at times overwhelming.
What surprised you about living in China?
I thought as a linguist I would conquer the language fairly quickly but after 18 months I am still illiterate and have very limited conversational skills.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? KLM
Favourite country? England
Favourite city? Barcelona
Favourite beach? I’m not a beach person
Favourite food? Toast and marmite
Favourite language? Spanish
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://www.rsheffer.wordpress.com
Twitter handle? pigletruth