Something About Durians

Durian. Oh, the durian. A true legend when it comes to fruits.

The Childhood Stories

As a child, my parents would often tell me stories about their adventures in Asia back in the beginning of the 90’s. Their stories were so exciting, and are one of the main reasons I am obsessed with travelling to this day.

But especially back then, I was intrigued by the Legend of the Durian. My parents told me that it was this spikey fruit, which smelled like a garbage can. Also, if you consumed alcohol after eating it, you could die(!). In Singapore, it was forbidden to bring it with you in the buses or in the trains. However! My parents said that the fruit was extremely delicious and that my dad would eat them all the time. Even in ice cream form! So my parents bought loads of durians to bring home with them to Denmark. However, since durians smell really bad, they weren’t allowed to bring them along to the airport 😦

Ever since then, my sisters and I had been dreaming of trying this fruit. It was like a main goal in life!

Trying Out the Durian

Finally, as an 18 year old, I visited Singapore for the first time last Christmas. There were a lot of things that I wanted to try, but I had one major goal. Eating a durian. The first time I encountered a durian was in Little India. I walked around the fruit market and there i saw them. The durians! They smelled really bad, but not as bad as I would’ve thought. The stories had maybe been slightly exaggerated. However, that doesn’t mean that the durians didn’t smell bad, because they definitely did.

Some days later, a friend of my dad’s bought us all a round of durians. As previously mentioned, durians are not allowed on buses, so we had to smuggle them home without anyone noticing. Luckily, we succeeded! Now was the time. Finally. I had been waiting for this my entire life!

So I tasted it. It was hot out, so the fruit was a little bit warm. I’ve heard that they taste better when they’re a bit cool. It tasted like onions. I’m not kidding, I seriously think they taste like sweet onions. I don’t know about other people, but it’s the only thing I can think of. Onions. With a little twist of durian, I guess.

So, Do I Like Durians?

Do I like the taste of durians? I guess so. I’m not sure how much I like it. It didn’t taste as good as I imagined, but it tasted better the more I ate it. Well, I guess I do actually quite like it. I also bought some pastries with durian filling. They were great too! Next time I go to a country that sells durians, I’ll probably buy it again for the kicks and giggles. Anyways, I’m happy to have reached one of my main goals here in life. I see the durian as the king of all fruits.

Have YOU Tried Durians?

Have YOU tried eating a durian? If no, would you want to? If yes, did you like it? What about in ice cream or candy form? Lemme know 😀

  • Emmy

Where do you want to travel?

“At rejse er at leve” or in English “to travel is to live”, are the famous words by the Danish author H.C. Andersen that really resonate within me. But where do I want to go? Well, I’d love to go see the entire world, but there are definitely places that are more within my interest than others. Hopefully I’ll see these places one day. Maybe I won’t. Or maybe in a few years I’ll lose my interest in them or have other priorities. Who knows! But I thought I’d write a few destinations down. Then, in 5 years, I can look back on this blogpost and see if I was able to cross a few places off this list. Anyway, here we go, in no particular order:

Japan

I mean, come on, who wouldn’t wanna go to Japan? I want to know if Tokyo is really as crazy, colourful and amazing as it looks in pictures. I want to eat all the foods, search for Simon and Martina of Eatyourkimchi and much, much more. And of course, I need to see all the vending machines! And I have to visit some animal cafés. Gosh, there are so many things I want to experience in Japan.

Malaysia

Last year I went to Singapore, which was one of the most AMAZING experiences of ma entire lyfe! I was so sad that we flew all the way to Singapore and back without taking a little trip to Malaysia as well. Some of my favourite dishes ever are Malaysian and I know quite a few people that are either from there or have lived there before. Also, I’m a huuuge fan of hot weather!

India

I feel like, even though India is such a huge country, no one really pays that much attention to it here in Denmark. Well, I haven’t been there so obviously I don’t know much about it either. But when I think of India I imagine it as being a completely different world from what I’m used to. And I need to see that world! Not to mention that I also love butter chicken and parathas to pieces. Also, I haven’t been to an Indian wedding before, but for some reason it’s one of my biggest dreams lol.

Indonesia

Lol I know it seems like I basically just want to visit all of Asia. Which is true… But seriously, Indonesia is the world’s 4th most populous country after China, India and the US! And yet, I basically know nothing about it! I kinda feel like this is unacceptable. I need to go there and experience what I’ve missed out on during all this time.

Israel

To be honest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs doesn’t really recommend people to go to Israel, as it’s supposedly not very safe? But heck, I still have to go there at some point. Growing up in a Christian family, I’d just really like to see the place where many the stories I heard as a child took place. Besides, a famous baker that I like (Tobias Hamann) just went there for Easter this year. After seeing his pictures, I’m even more interested to go!

The Netherlands

I was always very confused about what I should call this country. In Danish, there is no distinguishment between “Holland” and “Nederlandene”. We basically just call the entire region “Holland” even though it’s actually kinda incorrect. Anyways, when I think of The Netherlands I think of windmills, tulips, weed, etc. I’ve been to a lot of European countries, however, I’ve never been to The Netherlands. When I look at pictures of Amsterdam, it reminds me of Copenhagen. I have this feeling that I would feel very much at home in Amsterdam. But who knows? Better find out 😉

 

Oh well. During the making of this list, I actually realized that I want visit so, so many places. If I were to include every single destination, this post would be almost infinitely long. So I’m gonna stop here and see what the future brings me. Hopefully in a few years I will have visited at least one of the places on this list. But you never know. Maybe I’ll be too poor xD

If anyone’s reading this blog: Where do you wanna go? Where have you been? Do you agree with me or are you interested in completely different countries? Lemme know! 😀

 

  • Emmy

The first post

Vandalism (not really) in Belfast, by me >:Dimage

My first class in the IB was an English class. Our teacher forced our class to set up our own blogs, and he would assess our writing skills through the things we would post on there. However, I’m gonna graduate in a little less than two months. So I’ve decided that I want to continue blogging, just for fun, as I’m soon going to move out and start a new life. My English teacher would always call me the “food ninja” and I was so sad to see that the name is already taken -.-‘ So I decided to call it “le food ninja” instead lol. It probably sounds a bit stupid but oh well… I’ll probably learn to love it.

Anyways, I dunno if anyone in this world is ever going to read this blog but I don’t care… I’m just gonna post a bunch of stuff anyways. About all the things I like. But first, I should probably pass the IB.

 

  • Emmy