Why, you might ask, did I name this humble blog, “Eating Ant Bums?” Is that something I do? Something I plan to do?
In fact, it is.
Last June (a year ago yesterday we left) I went to Australia as a student ambassador. One day, we were tramping through the woods in swimsuits heading for a swimming hole when the delegation leader, Debbie, stopped, plucked an ant off a nearby tree branch, and popped it into her mouth.
She told us, “They’re good. Try one!”
One of my goals on that trip was to try as many new things as possible, so I walked right over to the nearest tree, plucked a fat little ant off by its head, and braced myself for the taste of ant feces and dirt.
You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that it had a tart, citrusy flavor! They were the best new food I sampled on that trip, beating out even Grilled Kangaroo Tail and Crocodile Meat Pie!
I was dismayed to learn that there are no such ants back home in Minnesota.
It just goes to show that no matter how unappetizing something looks, or how big its pincers are, it’s always better to try it than miss out on something wonderful. And lime-flavored. So that is one of my primary goals for my gap year travels: Try new things no matter what.
Stay tuned and subscribe to see what weird insect I’ll eat next!