18 Jun 2007 | Eating bugs

The one on the right is a mannequin

Lots of them: crickets, silk worms, beetles and then some. And.... wait for it... I ate them. Fried, not raw.

Actually, it's much worse than it sounds. With them being fried, the only thing left is their external skeleton, the hard bits. And they taste like overly used cooking oil. But they still look like bugs. And that's disgusting.

Going native

Besides eating the fried bugs, you can also go native by submitting yourself to a Thai massage. I had one on Sunday and although it's said to be painful, I could only describe it as being quite enjoyable. And, no, that's not because of the happy ending. I wasn't even offered one! Then again, the lady doing the massage was past her sell-by date anyway.

Also, we visited the night bazaar, the most touristy place in town, where you can find German, Dutch, Italian restaurants, as well as McDonalds, Burger King, Starbucks, Subway and whatnot. And DVDs for 80 baht (around 1.60 euro), PS2 games for 120 baht and more clothes than you can wear in a lifetime.

What's for dinner in Thailand? Part 12

Well, the bugs, obviously.

And street sushi. At 10 to 20 eurocents per sushi, it's hard to beat. And not all bad.

The most popular Iranian on the web?

In a recent post, I mentioned my website was slightly less popular than Reza Pahlavi's website. Reza Pahlavi being the son of the last shah of Iran, and to some the last hope of Iran being able to some day resemble a 'modern' state again, that is not all too bad an achievement.

But! According to Alexa, my website is now more popular than the former king's son's. A quick check on the interesting BlogsByIranians seems to support this.
Are you now looking at the most popular (semi-)Iranian blog on the internet?
Unfortunately, hosted blogs (Blogger and such) don't let themselves be measured with Alexa.

Tagged with: Alexa bugs Chiang Mai food Iran market massage shah sushi Thai food Thailand


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After obtaining an M. Sc in maths, Babak Fakhamzadeh started with an office job at a major blue chip company but soon realised he'd do better on his own. Babak is often on the move, with a restless desire for travel, a penchant for doing good and a love for visual and experimental art. Together with Eduardo Cachucho, he won the World Summit Award in the m-Tourism and Culture category in 2012 for Dérive app. With Ismail Farouk, he won the Highway Africa new media award in 2007 for Soweto Uprisings . com. Check out Babak's CV.


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