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8 Weird Foods From Around the World

Escamoles

A lot of people are fairly adventurous in food. You do not have to look far than the globetrotters in your circle to find someone who must have tried quite a number of dishes you have only read about. But how many people do you actually know who can claim to have tasted probably some of the most bizarre foods in the world? Whether you are thinking of giving unusual or exotic foods a try in your future travels, here are some of the weirdest ones you can find from around the world.

Airag (Mongolia)
airag
What is it: Airag or kumis is fermented mare’s milk traditionally made in Mongolia. It is an alcoholic drink similar to beer served cold in a cup.

Balut (Philippines)
balut
What is it: Balut is boiled fertilized duck egg typically eaten straight out from the shell. It has a tasty soup-like liquid inside, the yolk, the hard white part of the egg, and the developing embryo.

Beondegi (Korea)
Beondegi
What is it: Beondegi are silkworm larvae cooked by boiling or steaming usually served or eaten as snack. There are many street stalls in South Korea that sell this unusual treat.

Casu marzu (Italy)
Casu marzu
What is it: Casu marzu literally means rotten cheese. It is made from a type of cheese called Pecorino. Cheese flies’ larvae are put into the Pecorino. It can be eaten with or without the maggots.

Century egg (China)
Century egg
What is it: Century eggs may not be hundreds of years old. But they are basically as “old” or rotten. It is made by putting eggs in a mixture of ash, clay, and salt for several months. The end products are eggs with dark green color that have a distinct smell.

Escamoles (Mexico)
Escamoles
What is it: Would you eat the larvae of ants – not just ordinary ants but venomous ones? Escamoles are larvae harvested from the roots of agave plants in Mexico. These edible larvae are said to taste like cheese.

Fried tarantula (Cambodia)
Fried tarantula
What is it: As the name suggests, this delicacy in Cambodia is often eaten as snack. Deep-fried spiders or tarantulas are often seen being sold by hawkers or street food vendors.

Fugu (Japan)
Fugu
What is it: There should be nothing unusual about eating raw fish in a country known for being the home of delicious sushi and sashimi. But as a potentially deadly fish to eat, fugu earns its spot in this weird food list. Fugu is not something that you can just eat at random. You have to make sure that you go for food establishments with experienced chefs who know how to prepare the dish correctly.

What Makes Unique Things Awesome

uniqueness

Ever saw things being raved at for no apparent reason? Ever saw places being talked about for no seeming reason? Ever saw people being admired at for no obvious reason?

That’s because of one single thing: uniqueness.

Each thing in this world is unique in its own way. Each place in the world is unique in its own way. Each person in the world is unique in its own way.

And just like how you are unique in your own way, each of those mentioned above have their own purpose to be fulfilled. Their uniqueness is their number one trait – the kind of trait that will make them stand out from all the others, the kind of trait that will make them soar higher than all the others.

The only problem? Uniqueness is only seen by those who are willing to see it. Uniqueness is only believed by those who are willing to believe it. Sure, it’s a little sad how most of us don’t seem to care about what’s right in front of us. However, let’s not forget the fact that it’s an important part of life: learning how to appreciate things even more, learning how to appreciate places even more, learning how to appreciate people even more – all by seeing past their flaws and focusing on what makes them unique, just like seeing a noon light in a different perspective.

Even more so, it’s about appreciating what makes unique things awesome – in ways that no one ever thought possible. It’s also about appreciating what makes unique things even more awesome as time goes by – in ways that only few have ever thought possible.

How about you?

How do you see things in general? How do you see places in general? How do you see people in general?

Do you see what makes them unique? Do you believe about them being unique?

If yes, have you learned to appreciate them even more?

7 Unusual Places to Visit around the World

Pamukkale Thermal Pools

If there is one thing, among the many, that the internet has made possible, it gives people a chance to discover more places and things in the world. And it may even inspire a desire to travel in destinations that are home to some of the most unique and wonderful sights on Earth. Here are some unusual places you may want to visit if you are thinking of getting off the beaten tourist destinations and attractions.

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, USA
Goblin Valley State Park
Goblin Valley State Park features an unusual landscape. The area is teeming with sandstone formations many of which look like goblins and out of this world creatures. There are marked hiking trails such as the Goblin’s Lair trail that stretches for about 1.5 miles (one way). Trails vary from difficult to easy thus providing plenty of options for everyone.

Lake Hillier, Western Australia
Lake Hillier
Lake Hillier’s deep pink color makes it a beautiful oddity. Its unique color is attributed to several factors that include the water’s high saline concentration, the Dunaliella salina which are algae species that inhabit the lake, and the halobacteria or pink bacteria.

Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Pamukkale, also known as Cotton Castle or Cotton Palace, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the southwest of Turkey. Its unique terraces-like cascading natural hot spring pools provide a mesmerizing sight for locals and tourists who visit to see this natural wonder.

Plain of Jars, Laos
Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars is not only an unusual but also a mysterious place to visit. No one seems to know the story surrounding the numerous megalithic stone jars found in the area. The jars lend a surreal quality to the view of the plain.

Red Beach, Panjin, China
Red Beach
The Red Beach is a wetlands that serve as a refuge for migratory birds. It transforms into a vibrant red color in autumn giving an otherworldly feel to the place. A designated area is open to visitors who can use a wooden walkway to explore leading to the sea.

Socotra Island, Yemen
Socotra Island
A visit to Socotra Island is like going to an alien world. The remote island boasts of a spectacular and one-of-a-kind biodiversity. It is home to strange looking trees like the dragon’s blood tree and unique plant species that may not be found in other places in the world.

Spotted Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Spotted Lake
Spotted Lake is a unique lake in that it reveals several mineral pools once the water evaporates during the summer months. The small pools vary in color making the place look even more surreal. The Okanagan people consider the Spotted Lake as a sacred place.