Monday, 30 August 2010

The culinary Delights of South East Asia

So it's been only 8 days and 3 different countries, but so far I've already seen so much and experienced a lot of crazy things along the way. Most of these things were involving food in some form or another.

I suffer from a lot of problems with my stomach, and I'm usually pretty fussy about what I put in there (no dairy, eggs, not too much gluten etc) so I knew travelling would be a bit of a struggle- especially in Asia- but I never like to miss out on things so I've been making sure I try and give everything a go.

Southeast Asian food mainly consists of rice, noodles, curry, vegetables and egg. However, I've been on the look out for something a little more exciting, so here's a few little delights I've sampled so far...

Appetizer
Red Ants


After a whole day of walking round Angkor Wat being bitten to shreds by lots of pesky ants, we decided it was time to get our own back. So for lunch we tried fried ants with beef and chilli.


It was a little creepy picking up a mouthful with my chopsticks then seeing all their little legs poking out when I inspected closer, but thankfully the beef was a good enough distraction and they went down fine. I even had a few more mouthfulls. I didn't enjoy picking bits of ants legs out my teeth a couple of hours later though when I had just about managed to forget about lunch!

Starter
Crickets



In England you might stumble drunkenly out of a bar and end up at the nearest kebab/chip shop. In Bangkok you get bugs.
After only my second night away I ended up at the bug cart with a friend weighing up our options on what we should go for, settling for 'a bag of crickets and a scorpian'. Standard.
Being the woos that I am, I couldn't face eating the scorpian so I opted for 2 (and a half!) crickets instead.


They were very crunchy (thankfully) and we doused them in salt and vinager to try and disguise them as best as possible.

Selection of Meats
Bat, rat and snake


Tonight we were taken to a little cafe in Chau Doc, Vietnam, to try some of their local food. Unfortunately I wasn't drunk this time, so I wasn't brave enough to try the snake, but from what I heard from the others in my group I wasn't missing too much. I think it was compared to 'A lump of chewing gum with a bone in the middle' Mmmmm.
Anyway, I ate a bat wing which was pretty decent to tell the truth, a bit like a spare rib and nicely barbequed so I couldn't see too much of what I was eating.
The rat was cooked in a similar way, but I wasn't so happy to eat it as I've had a couple of pet rats and I always said I could never eat anything I could have as a pet. Still, I was assured it was nothing like our cute Western rats, just the vermin you see crawling the streets at night instead. Nice.
Well I don't like to be rude and say no so I gave it a go and it just tasted like chicken, if I hadn't had known what it was I think I really would have liked it! Sorry rats!


Now I'm only looking for something for desert. Does anybody have any suggestions for me? :D


Tuesday, 24 August 2010

I made it!

Hurraaaah!

After all my emotional goodbyes at the airport, and nightmares when trying to sleep on my first solo long haul flight, I finally made it to Bangkok safe and sound on Sunday afternoon.

It's been a busy few days of meeting lots of different people, surviving on 3 hours sleep and having about 50,000 near death experiences on the tuk tuks in the city.

Bangkok is a crazy place, and I'm happy I got to see it with a lovely German girl and Irish guy I managed to befriend at the airport when we landed. We had fun people watching (counting the amount of ladyboys) and bartering on all the market stalls.

After only a day and a half in the city, I met up with my tour group for our 10 day Roam Cambodia trip with GAP Adventures.

So far we've spent lots of time either on buses or out sampling the local beers. Still no time for sleep!

We're off to see the Angkor Wat temple tomorrow morning at 5am(!!!) So right now I should be sleeping, but I'm too excited from our amazing evening we spent walking round a Cambodian village and eating with an amazing family there. They cooked us the biggest meal ever and introduced us to all their cute kids who were very fascinated by us 'tourists' (cringe!)

I have so many photos to put up, including evidence of me eating crickets (mmm :|) and all the great people I've met so far, but I think that will be next weeks activity as I've spent too long on line already I think!

Love to all the family and friends back home :) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx



Friday, 20 August 2010

The Final Countdown...

Wooooooo!!

I'm leaving tomorrow and I'm so busy saying all my goodbyes and enjoying my last few days with my favourite people I haven't had time to blog at all.

I'm currently drowning in a sea of lists and have lots still to do, but hopefully I'll be able to blog tomorrow at the airport to take my mind off being an emotional mess when I'm done saying goodbye!

See you on the other side :)

xx

Monday, 9 August 2010

Introducing... My new love


I borrowed this picture from here because I was too lazy to take my own. Thanks engadget.

Isn't he a beaut?

It's my new Nokia Booklet 3G! The kind folks at WOM World Nokia lent it to me because they had heard all about my trip and they knew this would be perfect for me.

They weren't wrong. Me an the Booklet have been joint at the hip since last week and so far I can't fault it, it's so light and compact it will be great for carrying round in my daypack. Plus the battery life is something crazy like 12 hours which, for lazy folk like me, is very convenient when you don't have to get up and put it on charge every couple of hours!

Oh, and it's a rather attractive piece of technology too, so I'm enjoying feeling rather swish pulling it out my bag and typing away whenever and wherever I want.

Also the 3G and WiFi connectivity will definitely benefit me when I'm off in random Vietnamese cafes and wanting to get on Skype to talk to the besties (and the mother).

Hopefully this means I can blog a lot while I'm away and update all my millions of photos when I take them. Hurrah!

Do you take a laptop or notebook away travelling with you or do you prefer to escape from technology altogether? Let me know if you have any tips on staying safe and blogging while away!