ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway
Now and again we like to throw in a curve ball post just to see if you’re paying attention. That said, we found a funny new friend whose take on travel is anything but ordinary. If you’re from the land “down under” you may already know Anthony, aka, The Travel Tart. We asked Anthony to share some of his more outrageous travel experiences here on ExpertFlyer — Enjoy, and check out our video interview with Anthony below.
Hi there – my name is Anthony and I run the silly travel blog called ‘The Travel Tart – Offbeat Tales From A Travel Addict’ which is about the funny and offbeat aspects of world travel.
My main reason for travelling is that I don’t want to run out of dinner party conversations! Based on my experience, I find that people love the more unusual and bizarre aspects of travel – for example, the signs that don’t translate very well into English, or the things that go wrong on the road. I personally think these beat enduring a tortuous slideshow of two thousand selfies on Facebook!
I’m always keeping an eye open for the weird stuff on my travels. So here is a list of my top 5 strange and bizarre travel experiences that I may or may not have enjoyed! There might even be some useful travel tips here as well!
Here we go!
- Eat Cow’s Nose with Satay Sauce – Indonesia
I’m always up for trying the weirdest food that won’t leave me sitting on the toilet for a week! Most of the time, I end up becoming pleasantly surprised with what I dare to ingest!
One of the more unusual dishes I’ve tried is from a city called Surabaya in East Java is called Rujak Cingur. Ingredients are as follows: sliced cow’s nose (including the cartilage), peanut sauce, shrimp paste, noodles, cucumber, tempe (a local ingredient consisting of fermented soybean cake), pineapple, and immature mango. Think crunchy and meaty at the same time! The cow nose meat is cooked on a pan with all of these ingredients, and the peanut sauce is added last to smother the mix.
Indonesia is full of these culinary gems which at first sight, seem totally unpalatable, but when you chow down on the food, it tastes great! Other examples include mixing tea with egg, and mixing shaved ice with red beans and condensed milk.
- See the Sheep Gynecology Statues in Australia’s Capital
The Sheep Gynecology statues are probably one of the most bizarre sculptures you will see in a nation’s capital. Normally, there are parks and statues depicting some sort of national event or founding father! These weird statues are located in a central Canberra street mall and have become popular with visitors who have their photo taken next to this strange creation.
- Make your own Presidential Race on the Presidential Highway – in New Zealand!
Clinton is a small town in South Otago, in New Zealand’s South Island. It is located on State Highway One down the road from the town of Gore. Someone in a local tourism board thought it was a good idea to have the section between Gore and Clinton named as ‘The Presidential Highway‘, after Bill Clinton and Al Gore came to power in the early 1990s. This highway still exists!
- Drink Coffee at the Café Diana – London
This experience is like drinking coffee at a shrine! When she was alive, this cafe was often frequented by Princess Diana, as it is directly across the road from Kensington Gardens near where she lived. The current owners of Cafe Diana have obviously capitalised on this, as the entire wall space is covered in Princess Diana Photos or newspaper/magazine articles about her life. It’s a bit weird when you first walk in there, and it feels like a pilgrimage site!
- Drink beer from a vending machine – Japan
Japan has one of the highest number of vending machines per capita in the world. You can buy almost anything from a vending machine there – such as hot noodles, clothes and beer! That’s right, there are vending machines in the street that can dispense beer at any time that you want. You could literally have beer for breakfast!
There you go. That’s just a small sample of some of the strange and bizarre travel experiences I’ve come across! They’re worth experiencing at least once!
Bye for now!