For six years I didn’t eat meat.
Well…not real meat [I only ate chicken and turkey]. There was lots going on there that I won’t get into now, but long story short, I eat meat now!
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I’m willing to try most things [besides octopus–just not my thing], so as we decided to go out and get an “authentic German dinner” tonight, I figured it would have something to do with sausage and sauerkraut.
I really had no idea what anything on the menu was, as it was all in German. So–I used my World Lens app, which translates languages right before your eyes. Basically, you hold your phone over the text that you want translated and it changes for you right on your screen. It’s pretty crazy! Not everything always translates super directly, but I can typically get a general idea of what things are from using the app.
We had heard that the local cider is good, so we tried that, along with some sausages to start of our German eating extravaganza.
Even using World Lens, I wasn’t really sure what I ordered. I got the “Farmer Schnitzel,” which apparently, was some type of fried meat [honestly, I have no clue what it was] with onions, ham and cheese on top. It sounded super German, so I went for it.
It was pretty decent! Not going to lie, it wasn’t my favorite dish I’ve ever had, but it was pretty good.
The the best part about it though, was simply the idea and thrill of eating something completely new and foreign.
Five years ago, you couldn’t have paid me a million dollars to do that, but now it is something that is kind of exciting!
Sure, not every dish will be my favorite [I will never like curry, for example], but being more adventurous about trying things that the locals like can be really fun.
I read an article recently in Psychology Today lists four points about trying new things and ultimately how that helps bring more happiness and life satisfaction.
The points were:
- Trying something new often requires courage.
- Trying something new opens up the possibility for you to enjoy something new.
- Trying something new keeps you from becoming bored.
- Trying something new forces you to grow.
I find all of these to be so true for me. Traveling has really opened up my eyes in so many ways [many times putting me WAY out of my comfort zone!], but has also forced me to grow immensely.
Not every new food I try, every new experience traveling, or even each new day in life will always be the best ever, but trying new things always helps promote learning and overall growth!
I’m thankful for these new experiences, and especially for this new experience of schnitzel [which I still don’t know what it truly is…and that’s ok 🙂 ]