Let’s Go Eat Bugs in Thailand!

~It was a warm humid night in Koh Phangan, Thailand and I was on a mission to find a tasty treat. A treat I had never had before and I was a bit nervous to say the least. There was a specific dish I was looking for that night and I would not rest until I had bugs in my belly.

Yes that’s right… bugs.

I was always told that bugs were a delectable specialty in Thailand and being the curious person that I am I just had to try some crunchy little critters. I was with some fellow travelers I had met during the trip and we stuck together as we walked up and down rows of booths and tables full of food and merchandise. Sweat was soaking through my shirt and my hair was sticking to my face so I slicked it back. My cheeks were beat red and we were about to give up on the bug hunt, when suddenly out of nowhere a local man walks up to us with a huge smorgasbord FULL of different bugs.

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There were bags and bags of beetles and cockroaches, crickets and grasshoppers, fat juicy worms and slimy larva. They even had charcoal black frogs that had been fried to a crisp. It was the most elaborate bug display I’d ever seen. It was absolutely incredible!

It was time to fill my plate! 😀

Now you may think that a bug tastes just a gross as it looks, but you might be surprised. The grasshoppers and crickets were actually really good! They were salted and crunchy and literally tasted just like a chip that was deep-fried. But there were some other bugs that I tried that were not so good.

The beetles may look like crunchy goodness like the crickets, but when you bite into one you better be ready for a soft gooey mess to squirt into your mouth. Oh my goodness I almost hurled when I bit into that beetle but I actually managed to choke it down. That wasn’t the worst one though.

Worms. Blaaak!

Worms are disgusting. They’re soft and squishy and taste like poop. I couldn’t swallow one because I gagged as soon as I bit into it and spit it out on the ground, which was really disrespectful and I felt kind of bad afterwards. The bug chefs didn’t seem to mind. All in all it was a great experience that I had always wanted to try and since I liked the crickets so much, I ordered a bag full and scarfed them down 🙂 Mmmm.

~Scratch off bucket list. I ate bugs in Thailand!~

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What am I Doing with My Life?

~I close my eyes, the clock rewinds and I see myself in my early twenties. My skin is a bit softer and my spirit is less jaded. I am 20 years old and I am wondering what I should do with my life. Should I go to college and get a career? How will I find the perfect job? What if I get a student loan and can’t pay it back? Is this what I really want?

~I don’t know what I want to do with my life.~

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Now I am 21 years old and my mind is full of new-found knowledge. I am a Dental Assistant. Why? I have no idea. One day I went to a career counselor and took a Myers Brigs test and this test told me all the professions I would be best suited for. I took the test and now I am a Dental Assistant because there were so many things to choose from. I just closed my eyes and placed my finger in the center of the paper. Now I have a career.

Fast forward.

Now I am 23. I worked in an office for a short while and saved a bit of money. What if I could travel the world? What if I could experience new things? What kind of adventure would I find? Is it possible to live your dreams?

So I travel.

I take out a loan and I take my life savings and I don’t care what anyone says. I travel. I have the most incredible journey I could ever imagine. I see animals I have never seen before. Colors so bright. I am so happy standing in the ocean with hands in the clean air and I just…cry. I cry for the happiest moment of my life. I jump out of a plane in New Zealand. I cascade down white rapids in Thailand. I dive into a cave in Fiji. I live and work in Australia. I never want to come back.

Fast forward.

I am in an office again. I am 26 years old. My student loan payments are behind and I’ve racked up a credit card. All I want to do is travel again, but how can I make that happen? How can I get out of this debt? What am I going to do? What am i doing with my life? I wish I could travel again.

So I travel.

Fast forward.

Now I am 28 years old. I traveled down to Mexico for a short trip. It was a tease. It was not long enough to satisfy my desire to travel. I am no longer a Dental Assistant. I am struggling with debt. I have anxiety which really puts a damper on things. I am a Personal Trainer, but that’s not making me any money. I want to write again.

So I write.

I am struggling for money. My first career didn’t work out. My second career is not really working as well as I’d hoped. But I am happy. I love life and I know one day if I am patient, I will travel again. I’m staying positive.

Fast forward.

Now I am 30 years old. My skin is not as soft as it used to be. I am slightly jaded but that’s OK. I am no longer a Personal Trainer. My first career didn’t work out. My second career didn’t work out. I am happy. Why am I happy? Why would I be perfectly OK that everything didn’t work out?

Pause.

Because now I write.

NOW I follow my dreams. I follow the path I was truly meant to be on. I was never meant to be a Dental Assistant. I was never meant to be a Personal Trainer. I was never meant to stay here forever.

I was born to travel the world. I am a writer. I was always meant to be a writer. I was always meant to be a traveler. No one can ever tell me anything different ever again. I will not conform to the everyday norm. I will not just go get a job because it’s what everyone else does. I will not sit here and let life pass me by any longer. I will write. I will travel.

What am I doing with my life?

I know what I want to do with my life.

I am doing whatever I want. I am finally following my dreams.

Right now.

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