Welcome to The beginning of "The College Cook World Tour!" For those of you who don't know, I will be spending the next four months houndin my way across South East Asia. This blog will serve as a way to keep people updated on my adventures and to let my parents know I'm still alive. The content here is going to give you a raw, unfiltered, and uncut look into my day-to-day life, what you see is what you get, no BS.
The goal of my trip is to learn as much about Asian cuisine and culture as possible by eating anything and going anywhere. Do I have a plan? Nope, not really. But hey, do you think Albert Einstein had a plan when he started throwing formulas together? I doubt it. I think we can all agree that everything turned out relatively well for him. Or how about Neil Armstrong? Pretty sure he said, "Fuck it! I'll just go to space and see what happens." Guess what he found? The goddamn Moon. You ever heard of it?
I will be taking a few classes online this semester, so I will be free to move about as I please. If there's a freighter boat headed to Japan that I can stow away on, you bet your ass I'll be on it. Train going East? Yup, see ya there. Motorcycle trip down the coast of Vietnam? Sure thing. Hot air balloon ride to India? I don't even think that exists but if it does I'll do it. I think you get my point, there's nothing I won't try and no place I won't go, except North Korea, that's a no-no.
Unless Dennis Rodman somehow pops into my life and brings me with him on his next visit to play a little 1v1 with Kim, I'm not crossing that border. Something about the possibility of earning 10 years of hard labor and never seeing my loved ones again doesn't exactly give me the warm fuzzies inside. However, I have heard nothing but great things about the other countries in this region, and so far the locals have been extremely welcoming!
If anyone is worried about my safety after reading this don't fret. Know that I won't do anything Guy Feiri wouldn't do. That man, and his incredible frosted tips, has been all over the place. I've been watching his show for years now and have compiled a detailed set of travel notes such as: always wear an oversized bowling shit, make sure to keep your white Oakley sunglasses perched on the back of your head, fist bump everyone who feeds you, and make sure to yell "bro that was killer!" at the end of every meal, even if the food is complete shit.
All joking aside I promised my Mom I'd make it home sometime in May in one piece, and that's a promise I intend to keep.
Peace Peace Peace
Friday, Jan 19th, 6:47 AM Bangkok, Thailand.