Overseas Veg Travel

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Just returned from going overseas to visit my friends & relatives. This was my first time traveling as a plant-strong vegan. I was curious as to what they’d serve me on Delta / KLM. Even though I had pre-registered for a vegan meal the airline still protects itself by writing a little blurb about availablity, in case they are out, I guess. Before traveling I’d fantasized about having to pack my carry on with something like this…although this is not in compliance with airline rules & regulations:

The first meal came and it was labeled “Strict Vegetarian“! Unfortunately, for the trip over, I didn’t have my camera handy…but it contained a salad, bread, and fruits. I was happy with this! Later I was served a warm meal that contained rice, a pesto like sauce with tofu bites on the sides. This was yummy!

Side note: I’ve ordered vegetarian many times before, but this was by far the most memorable & tasty airplane meal I’ve had in years! The cool thing about traveling vegetarian or vegan is that you get your meal before everyone else.  I had fun watching who else in my section was getting either a vegetarian or vegan meal & in my head giving them a “Thumbs UP!”

On the way over, I sat next to a sweet older Norwegian woman who kept eyeing my meal and commenting on how fresh it looked! When she got her chicken dish…Hmm, well, not so much! She only ate a few bites. I cleaned my “strict vegetarian” meal right up!

On the home trip, KLM / Delta, if you’re reading this, I want to say THANK YOU for putting me next to a vegetarian who not only lives in the same city as I do, but in my old neighborhood, which is not that far away from where I live now! I know this was probably not planned, but how cool was that! He was the nicest guy ever! (I plan to meet him & his wife for a drink one evening!) We had a long chat about being veggies & I got to probe about how he made the decision to go vegetarian.

My flight companion also told me about friends who are in the exact opposite camp and who are now on the Paleo diet! ACK & YUCK>>> this subject will have it’s very own post in the VERY near future, my friends! (I am seriously irked by the stupidity of this diet concept in more ways than one!)

Pieter Aertsen:Market Woman With Vegetable Stall 1567

On a happier note, I landed in Amsterdam with eight hours on my hands. Lucky for me, I’d found this wonderful blogger, Keith Jenkins, prior to my trip, who had mapped out his favorite walk around Amsterdam. His blog is called “Velvet Escape”…and Keith, if you happen to read this, I’m so thankful to have stumbled across your blog! I followed Keith’s route, with just a few exceptions. The Anne Frank House is not on the map, but Keith had mentioned it and I easily added it to the map. Also Keith’s favorite canal spot has also become mine. I now wish that I’d had a whole day or two to further explore Amsterdam! Here’s the link to Keith’s wonderful blog:

http://velvetescape.com/2011/10/things-to-do-on-transit-amsterdam-airport-schiphol/

Trust me, if you go to Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House is one museum that you don’t want to miss! I waited in line for about 45 minutes, but passed the time chatting with a Canadian mother & her son. Seriously, I would have waited an hour and a half or two to visit this museum! I loved the whole layout of the museum, the historical information, & artifacts, along with the screens in different rooms, that gave “live” accounts from the people involved – it was just perfect! Walking up the old original stairs to the small apartment where the families lived & hid, plus standing in Anne Frank’s bedroom gave me the chills!

The line outside the Anne Frank House

A couple of glitches happened upon my arrival: First, I had left my camera in the locker at the airport. If I went to reopen it, I’d have to pay another 7 euros to open it & lock it back up. Also found that I couldn’t use my credit card to purchase the train ticket into Amsterdam, because U.S. credit cards do not have the “CHIP” on them that European credit cards do. (The Anne Frank House did take my credit card. DO remember your pin number when traveling!) I’d brought my “travel credit card” with me on this day, but it was basically useless & because I couldn’t recall the pin number, plus they still wouldn’t take it without “le chip”! Luckily, I had enough cash to go to the bank & exchange for Euros.

Before heading back to the airport, I ventured into a pizzaria and ordered a veggie pizza with no cheese! It turned out fabulously and tasted amazingly yummy! It was made with a thin crust with tomato paste on top & loaded with fresh veggies. Shamelessly, I ate the whole pizza…alone! I was hungry after the walk and not sure when I’d eat again. Again, I wished I’d had my camera along, so I could have taken a photo of the pizza before I scarfed it down!

All right, it’s back to bed…over & out from this jet lagged plant-strong vegan blogger!

As they say in Dutch, “De één zijn dood is de ander zijn brood” – which means, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

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About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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