Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Name: Andrew Zimmern
Title/bio: Host, co-creator and executive producer of Bizarre
Foods with Andrew Zimmern. 2010 James Beard Award winner for TV Personality of
the Year, author of The Bizarre Truth
and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of
Born in: New York City
Currently living in: Minneapolis, Minnesota
1. Where would you rather be right now?
person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip
3. Your most
stranded, “oh-my-[deity]” travel moment:
Sitting in detention in the Hanoi airport being interrogated about my
gifts I was taking home, and watching them smash the bottles of fish sauce
at my feet one at a time, bottles given to me by their government the day
4. Best (or
worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while travelling:
The guy who tried to take an iPhone
video of me getting ill on a plane to LA last year. He was stopped by
fellow passengers who were more appalled than I was.
Where do I begin, have you seen my
show? Putrefied food. Maggot infested dishes. Fresh blood. Bats. Want
me to stop?
someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
The Lakes. It makes Minneapolis one
of the greatest cities in America.
invention you wish existed:
A comfortable seat on an airplane
or a machine that decapitated anyone bringing something larger than a
carry-on bag onto a plane.
8. Your most
embarrassing travel faux pas:
Thrilled that I made a nice
bistilla in a kitchen in Fez, I tried to kiss my teacher on the cheek. She
was a devout Muslim, and she freaked. I made it all good but it was rough.
thing you miss the most when away from home:
My TV system.
Poison arrows and bow from
Botswana. Don’t come into my house unless invited. I also have a
wildebeest scrotum. That’s a long story.
celebrity encounter while travelling:
Mel Brooks in the bathroom of
Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda. He leaned into my urinal, gazed down,
looked back at me and said, “Nice flow”.
unusual item you have travelled with:
A dead goat in the back of my car.
Schlepped it halfway across Morocco.
mode of transport you’ve taken:
Dugout canoe with small sail
attached, out about 22 kilometres into the Mozambique Channel to
fish. Craziest thing ever.
14. The place
you don’t want anyone to know about but are willing to divulge here:
Lalumanu Beach in Samoa or Cottage
#3 at the Jamaica Inn.
film or book that inspires you to pack your bags:
Confederates in the Attic by Tony
travel story you’ll never stop bragging about:
Jumping off a 10ft pontoon boat off
the coast of Iceland onto a hanging rope as the boat pulled away. Miss it
and you’re dead.
17. Lay on us
a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
Travel can challenge you, test you,
in ways you never dreamed of. Don’t mess that up by practicing contempt
prior to investigation.