Everybody knows that scent is the most powerful of our senses. So it is no surprise that sometimes a smell can warp you right back to an unforgettable moment on a trip or an amazing experience while travelling, sometimes bringing back memories more vividly than a photo album can. I have got a few of those. Good and bad.
An obvious one is body products that smell of coconuts. As soon as this wonderful scent wafts into my nostrils, I’m mentally transported to a far flung beach with lots of palm trees and clear blue water sprinkled with blue starfish.
A slightly less pleasant smell is the Chinese stinky tofu. As pungent as this Chinese delicacy reeks, smelling this will conjure up memories of my trip to China a few years ago where I wandered around the Muslim Market in Xian, discovering all kinds of weird food types. I tried a good few, but the disgusting smell of the stinky tofu made me very reluctant to try it. Although I have heard good things about it.
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Then there is the durian. The fruit from hell. I was introduced to this stinky number growing up in Jakarta in Indonesia. I remember being driven to school with the windows down, till we passed the street vendors selling durian and those windows went right back up. It is worse than a human fart. And from what I remember, it tastes just as foul.
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