One of the most exciting parts of traveling abroad is the food. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most daunting things. There are so many new things to try, and while some look delicious, others...are a bit scary! We asked people who went abroad what foods tested their bravery. Here’s what they told us:
“I was scared of trying sparrow because of how it looked.” The sparrow ended up being “delicious” and while chocolate ants may sound scary, they just tasted like normal chocolate.
Yui, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
“I loved it! Get past the texture, chew harder when it crunches, and find the flavor explosion.”
Dana, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
“It’s the slime that gets you. It looks like phlegm and feels like phlegm.”
Ian, Northwestern University
“Enjoyed the ghost pepper and the pigeon. The cow tongue was hard to eat and the chicken liver had this weird aftertaste and it tasted grainy.”
Neeshan,University of Wisconsin-Madison
“It had legit tentacles that still had suction cups and everything”
Ryan,University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
“They are adorable but because their meats don't have cholesterol, it's pretty popular in Peru”
Gladys, University of Wisconsin- Madison
“We actually got to go to a friend’s house and cut down the fruit.”
Sean, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Despite being afraid to try strange new foods, these people did… and survived! Crazy right?! It’s important to try new things while traveling abroad and experiencing new foods is one of the easiest ways to do this. Trying the local food is a great way to become immersed in local culture. Food brings people together and can be an empowering experience as well. It’s never easy to do something that scares you even if it’s as simple as putting something in your mouth. By trying foods that scare you, you’re opening yourself up to new experiences, new stories and truly experiencing a culture.