When Oranges are Green, Viet-Nam
Vincent: “… But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is?”
Vincent: “It’s the little differences. I mean, they got the same shit over there that they got here, but it’s just – it’s just there it’s a little different”
As many of you will quickly recognize, that was a bit of dialogue between Vincent (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) in the movie Pulp Fiction. How true those words ring for almost any traveler, and not just for Europe. Discovering those little differences is part of what draws us to travel and explore. Since we’ve gotten home from our recent travels we’ve been able to catch up with some of our friends to swap stories and share moments. One of the most frequent questions they ask is, “So what was the strangest, or weirdest thing you ate?”
Simultaneously, we would both pause and think. Weird is such a relative term. We had frog legs, congealed blood, and freshwater eel, but none of that seemed weird to us. We eat that here at home. Same goes for chicken feet, gizzard, and other oddities. Inevitably, our thought lead us to the same answer, “One of the weirdest things were the oranges.”
What?!? What’s so weird about oranges?
The oranges were green. A deep, dark, lime green rind, with a center that was still a beautiful vibrant orange. The taste was sweet, similar to a tangelo, and the segments were the same as a regular orange. It was just so intriguing to be eating a green orange. It’s just another one of those “little differences” that make travel so interesting.
These are weird to us, but normal for others. Curious about why the oranges were green, we discovered a couple places giving great explanations. Check them out Here and Here. On a scarier note, after researching a bit about the green oranges, and finding this, we are damn glad we didn’t try to sneak any back into the U.S. Now you know.
“two kilo’s, please” !
So now we ask you, “What have been one of the strangest, weirdest, or “little different” things you’ve eaten in your travels?”
Previous Viet-Nam posts you might enjoy reading and viewing:
- Heading to Viet-Nam & Twitters
- Return from Viet-Nam, fresh perspectives
- An American in the family
- Pineapple peddler in Hanoi
- When Oranges are Green
- The Face – elderly woman in Hoi An