Traveling abroad isn't always a walk in the park, but figuring out exactly what to do while you're abroad can be downright challenging. Between skimming online reviews and sifting through travel guides, landing on the "perfect" activity can be tricky — which Allison Kuhn, an American grad student studying abroad, recently learned the hard way.
After studying in Israel, Allison and her friends decided to extend their trip to Istanbul. While visiting, they wanted to enjoy a night out — bonus points if they could get a nice view of one of the most picturesque cities in the world. I mean, this view? I get it.
"I booked a dinner cruise for us so we could enjoy seeing the city at night," Allison told BuzzFeed. "I searched 'dinner cruise' on Tripadvisor, where I found one for $75 per person, the nicest dinner cruise in the area."
Her viral TikTok recounting the experience reveals what happened after they boarded the cruise. The text annotation says it all: "I booked us a '5 star dinner cruise' where our entrée was 1 singular chicken nugget."
In the video, her friends laugh hysterically while a server, according to comments, "tosses" one chicken nugget onto each plate "like he's feeding the animals."
In the comments, jokes about the recent film The Menu, where rich people dine on a Michelin-starred meal that's anything but expected, were aplenty.
And though I've tried to make sense of the neatly plopped nugget accompaniments for the past 24 hours — is that hummus at 12 o'clock? — I'm still searching for complete answers. Allison explained to BuzzFeed that they didn't actually try them, so we're left to our best guesses.
And y'all, does the white one not look suspiciously like freshly scooped cookies 'n' cream ice cream?
Beyond each diner's individual chicken nugget and mystery dips, there are several other details Allison went on to explain that have me scratching my head. Most notably — and you can actually see this in the video — the rolls served with the meal were all individually packaged in plastic.
And before the friends sat down for their meal, as Allison explains in another video, a photographer came up to each guest individually to take headshots. No group shots of the smiling, laughing friends — just solo.
"As we're all just laughing about the chicken nugget, a woman comes around and slaps down these photos of us," Allison said. "Framed, individual headshots. Of each of us! Hands down, this was one of the funniest things I've ever witnessed."
The most common question that TikTokers posed was regarding how the chicken nugget actually tasted. When asked, Allison told BuzzFeed that the nugget was "good." She added that it was "not a McDonald's nugget...but a solid 6/10." And in a filmed taste test of the nugget that she posted after the initial viral video, she described it as having a "smooth undercarriage" and being "crispy on the inside." Which.........yes.
In a follow-up video to her original viral TikTok, she does make it clear that while she joked about the "singular chicken nugget" they were served, her group of friends did thoroughly enjoy their time. "Honestly, everyone on board was so nice," she said in the video. "I've never laughed so much in my life. I would do it again." And in a weird way...I get it! As do many others.
Anyways, be wary of those 5-star dinner cruises, folks.