Thanks, Nymeth, for sending the letter V my way... I think. I'm having trouble thinking of things I love that start with the letter V! Let's see how I do, I need ten!
Vacations - who doesn't like going on holiday? I love to travel and discover new places - and I'm always thinking about our next vacation!
Vegetarian food - I'm not actually vegetarian, but I love vegetarian food and eat it often. Beans, legumes, vegetables, yum!
Vocal Music - as many of you know, I sing with a couple of groups in my spare time. The voice is my favorite instrument and I love listening to music that heavily relies on singing. Anything a capella goes without saying, but I also love female vocalists - anything I can sing in a karaoke bar at some point! :-)
Vampires - I'm sure I wouldn't love them in real life so much, but I sure do love them in stories and on tv! I remember when my friend Larissa made me watch Buffy for the first time, my comment was: I don't really like shows about vampires and fighting.
Now, thanks to Joss Whedon, I'm a fan of Buffy and so many others.
Vietnamese Food - I think I must have been Asian in a past life, because I could seriously live on Asian food. Vietnamese is one of my absolute favorites - kind of like Chinese, but so much ,ore flavorful and aromatic. I can't remember a single occasion when I didn't feel like eating Vietnamese food. I'm having it this evening, as a matter of fact!
Violin - I've always wanted to play an instrument but somehow never managed. Joe, who plays with a band, inspired me to want to try again. I now fool around with the hurdy-gurdy, which is a medieval French instrument, and with the violin. I had a fantastic violin teacher but she moved to Barcelona. Oh, and actually what I enjoy playing is folk music, so I call my violin a fiddle. It's the same instrument though.
Vineyards - this is in here only because wine starts with a 'w' not a 'v'. Unless you're Dracula. I love good wine and I have a glass or two (or three) several times a week.
Vilnius - I visited this city a couple of years ago and was very impressed. I felt so at home, it was actually strange. I loved how proud the people were of their history, even their old, pre-Christian history. In Poland, it seems nothing existed before Christianity came. Whether you care about such things or not though, Vilnius is definitely worth visiting, it's one of the most beautiful cities I've been to.
Vistula - this is what the main Polish river is called. I love it in the same way I love my country - in fact it's kind of a symbol of Poland. One of our traditional songs states that so long as the Vistula is there, Poland will exist.
Villages - can you tell that I'm scraping the bottom of the 'v' barrel? I do love visiting villages though. I find many charming. The house we bought and to which we're moving next month is in a village near Brussels and I can't wait to live there. It's so much quieter and cozier than in a city!
Well, there you have it. I'm very proud that I didn't have to include Valentine's Day! I don't love it, though I think it's a nice enough holiday, so Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Want to play along? Just ask me for a letter in the comments.