The World of Weird
With The Old Man recovering from back surgery we have spent a lot of time hanging out in our apartment trying not to go stir crazy. The Old Man is doing as well as can be expected and hopefully will be up for a few outings in the next week. All of this means that I had to hit up my list of blog topics since I have nothing to say except I am grateful for really large windows that face the highway for my entertainment, streaming TV, and Rosé
The blog idea that caught my eye in between fetching water, getting ice, and bending over to pick up things have dropped to the floor were, “the weirdest things you’ve eaten while traveling” and “the weirdest things you’ve done while traveling”. While I am not sure I could get a full blog out of each topic, put them together and I can muster a whole article (be impressed)
The weirdest thing I have eaten while traveling is pretty easy for me. It should be noted that a large part of the American people do not think my weird food is weird, they even have festivals and contests for who can make the best tasting item, I had a Rocky Mountain Oyster while we were in Medora, North Dakota. The Old Man spent the most of our van life life trying every local food he could and when he saw the weird item on the menu as an appetizer he figured he might as well try them and see what all the hubbub is all about. Thankfully they were fried and served with Ranch dressing. I will confess my eating was more of a taste as I only took two bites and they were heavily covered in Ranch dressing. One of the many things I admire about the Old Man is his willing to try anything and usually tries to taste the local cuisine when traveling. I am not such an adventurous eater, I have gotten better, but nowhere near the Old Man’s level. With overseas travel on our bucket list, I need to get over my fear of new foods and just do it. I can say this about my little culinary adventure I will probably not order the oysters again, not so much for the taste (or thought) of them, but for the texture of it all. Which just means rocky mountain oysters have now been placed in the same place as pumpkin pie. It isn’t about the taste it is all about the texture the food equivalent of its not you, it's me.
The weirdest thing I have done while traveling is not as cool as my weird food experience, but it is more of a reality of life on the road or traveling. I have been spending the last few years trying to make yoga a daily habit. I have quite a few starts and stops, but I keep trying one day it has to become a real habit right? With this yoga everyday goal I have done a yoga routine in some pretty odd places. Of course there are the usuals, yoga studios, my own home, actually in the van (proof you can do many poses in very small spaces) and RV Parks. I have also done yoga in some beautiful places. Looking at rivers, mountains, and oceans all the places that are very Instagram worthy. But I think my favorite places have been when I have tried to stay dedicated to my everyday goal. I have done yoga in a Wal-Mart parking lot, a rest area, and a few truck stops. The last one made me smile because I did my yoga routine got a few stares and then when I was walking back from the store to the van I saw a trucker doing his own routine after arriving presumably from a long night of driving.
In thinking about these questions for this article I realized that I really need to start seeking out weird experiences in travel and in life. I, like a lot of people, stick with what I know even when traveling to strange places maybe it is time I open up my mind and heart and embrace more weird in my life both at home and abroad.
Share some of your weirdness with me so I start getting my mind open to the world of weird.