At this point, I haven’t had much chance to travel. But I’m still a person who’s curious about the rest of the world, so much so that I love roaming around on Wikimapia, and using Google Street view to see places I’ve never been! How to feed this desire to experience new things?
I travel to different international stores!
Not only do they have really interesting packaging in other languages, but I get a taste of different cultures, I see different ways of doing things. The sounds, sights and smells are different. I love that!
I’ll travel to Asia, by going to the international supermarket in the rich part of town – their prices are amazing, the staff is friendly, their meat and fish are well prepared, and I love exploring all the odd snack foods. What exactly does that fruit taste like? Let’s try! Why does dried squid make a good snack? What exactly is that cut of meat used for? Is refrigerated udon better than the dry stuff? How do you open a bottle of ramune, anyway? And what in the world is that huge purple flower bud that’s a foot long, and how do you cook it? So many questions, so many delicious answers.
Then there’s the utensils! Why are there five or six different types of mortar and pestle? What is that knife used for, specifically? How about that pot? The wonders don’t stop.
Other times I’ll head south, to the Carniceria, and get my favorite marinated meats, either to have them grilled (right there outside the store) or to take them home to bake. I’ll get some taijin powder to put on my apples, maybe a chunk of candied sweet potato, or maybe I’ll get some pumpkin empenadas. I’ll certainly pick up some thin, lovely, handmade tortillas and some real Coke with real sugar in a glass bottle.
By the time I get home, I feel like I’ve traveled!