She is small, she is crazy and she changes her location as much as her hair color. Meet Yishyene, the quirky creator behind the travel blog SmallCrazy.com
Rarely does one come across a travel blogger rockin’ pink hair, accompanied by a pet toy mouse who boasts a travels resume of 30+ countries and 100+ cities. But that’s what makes Yishyene so effing cool. She has hiked through the ice caves of Austria, fainted naked after experiencing her first Japanese hot spring in Fukuoka, has a strange (perhaps sexual) attraction to Spongebob Squarepants and she apparently knows how to get a Spanish horse “in the mood”.
So in keeping with NN’s taste for the dope and far-out, we decided to interview the small, crazy globetrotter Yishyene of SmallCrazy.com.
You love to travel, you love adventure and you are definitely a fashionista. Give us a little bit about your background that we don’t see on Smallcrazy.com
One thing that most people are surprised to learn is that I don’t work in the creative industry, although I wish I did. I ended up being really good at science and got stuck on that path. So this blog is a way for me to do something else and express my creative side.
Your style is unique and definitely one-of-a-kind. What do we need to do and where do we need to go to get your look?
My eye automatically falls on anything neon, colorful, patterned or printed. When I’m traveling, I like to shop for toys. They’re sort of my souvenirs. I don’t really have a favorite place to shop, but if I had to pick somewhere, it would be the markets in Amsterdam. I got some of my best ( and most ridiculous) leggings there.
So you love all things neon, but what influences your style?
This is a hard question to answer ’cause I haven’t been reading a lot of fashion blogs or magazines lately. But I would say things I see on Instagram. And also people-watching around London. London is full of awesomely-dressed people!
If you weren’t traveling the world, what would you be doing professionally?
I don’t travel as a profession (not YET anyway! Haha!). I guess if I weren’t traveling I’d like to open an adult playground or maybe become a festival organizer. Or, in my wildest dreams, a world-class surfer or TV star!
What is one thing you can share with us that your readers would be surprised to know?
I’m 29 years old. Shit!
Name three places you have been and what are the must-see/must-visit attractions there?
Iceland – Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon for sure, and also you MUST do a glacier hike!
Italy – The most amazing experience I’ve had in Europe by far is climbing the active volcano, Mt Stromboli. You get up to the top in time for sunset and watch it erupt. It erupts more than once, too!
New Zealand – Waitomo glow-worm cave (north island) is MAGIC!
What’s your favorite city and why? What are the best things to do there?
Strangest pick-up line you have ever received abroad?
I just sat for five minutes trying to think of one, but actually, I don’t remember anything that was strange enough to stick out in my mind other than some random nude men at a nude beach in Italy asking to be in photos with me and my friend.
What was you funniest travel experience so far?
Other than stroking an animal until its turned it on, what has been your strangest travel experience?
If there were only one thing on your bucket list of things to do, what would it be?
If you could pick three travel companions, living or dead, who would they be and why?
Spongebob Squarepants, ’cause he’s so bloody funny. Steve Irwin, so he can tell me all about wild animals and help me be friends with them. And Johnny Depp (you know why).
[Drumroll] And the country with the best food is…….
Malaysia, my home country! Nothing can beat it! My favorite dish is also the Malaysian specialty ‘Nasi Lemak’. Though it’s hard to pick a sure favorite……… I eat just about anything and everything. My weakness in spicy food.
Which country would you say gives adrenaline junkies the ultimate adventure-gasm?
New Zealand! Or even Iceland if you fancy extreme weather/blizzards. I hear you can surf there, too.
Besides your pink Timberlands, what are your 3 must-have travel items?
Camera, phone and food (i.e. Reese’s peanut butter cups). See I can be practical, too!
If you had to settle down somewhere forever, where would it be? Real or fantasy…
Who are you lovin’ right now in the travel blogosphere?
What motivation can you give travel newbs to get off their asses and explore the world?
That was perhaps the single best piece of travel motivation advice we’ve ever heard.
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