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Four keys to staying vegetarian/vegan abroad

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Dinner served on Iberia Airlines. Photo by me.

Hello everyone! It has been a while since my last entry. Surprise… I am blogging from Salamanca, Spain. I began my study abroad here on June 23. Over the course of my travel I have learned a lot. I am staying with a host family and I am provided three meals a day through my program.

#1 Request vegetarian/vegan food during your flight.

I took a group flight to Madrid, Spain. My friend Maria, a fellow vegetarian, developed the brilliant idea of calling ahead to ask for vegetarian meals to be served to us. During the course of our 11 hour flight, we received two vegetarian meals and several snacks.  According to Iberia Airlines, you must call at least 24 hours ahead of your flight to receive vegetarian options.

#2 Learn local terms for animal products.

For example here in Spain, milk is leche, jamón is ham and meat is carne. Learning the language can be easy with foreign language apps and language dictionaries.

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First meal with host family. Photo by me.

#3 Eat your protein! 
During my first few days in Spain I felt very sick. I endured migraines and stomachaches. My vegetarian meals on the airplane lacked protein. In addition, my first meal at my homestay was iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and french fries. Obviously that was not enough. I had to nurse myself back to health with protein and hours of sleep. My favorite forms of protein are beans, quinoa and green peas. There are a plethora of  protein options to help you while traveling.

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Veggie sandwich at Madrid Airport. Photo by me. 

#4 Don’t be discouraged.

No matter your destination – you are not the only herbivore! Be aware of your surroundings. After just two days in Salamanca, I found two farmer’s markets and a small store that sells organic goods and A LOT of tofu! In addition, there are many tools available online that will help you find vegetarian/vegan food no matter where you are.

Overall, enjoy your trip. Travel is powered by exploration. Go out there and find the foods that work for you. It is a very exciting time! I recently found one of the best veggie burgers at at a location near my university here in Spain.

P.S. I can’t wait to share my vegetarian finds with each and every one of you!

 

 

 

 

 

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Reaction to Gorilla Killed, 4-year-old boy trapped at Cincinnati Zoo

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After seeing footage of a 4-year-old boy trapped inside a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, I have a lot of questions.

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Photo Courtesy of Common Creatives: YouTube Account: news@leaked.

Two things you all must know about me:

  1. I love children.
  2. I love animals.

On Saturday the 400-pound gorilla named Harambe was shot and killed in order to “save the little boy’s life.”

My questions are as follows:

How did that child get into the moat?

What long-term affects will this have on the child?

Why was this child able to access this critically endangered gorilla?

There are a lot of rumors circulating: One witness said she heard the boy tell his mother he wanted to go in and get in the water. Another rumor claims that Harambe dragged the boy for more than 10 minutes. However, I have yet to see video footage of this!

This is very sad. I just wanted to truly raise awareness on what clearly is a huge problem. As a vegan community and as human beings, we definitely need more information! Remember to do your research, everyone, before forming an opinion.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mommies

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From animal mommies to human mommies – all moms rock. Without my mother, I would not have even been able to make this blog!

“If women wanted to shut this country down, all they would have to do is not go to work and not come home.”

-Pharrell Williams, American singer and record producer 

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A sheep explores with her lamb at Cal Poly Pomona University. Photo taken by me.

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