Update from D.C.

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I flew into Washington D.C. last night for my seminar! I met three amazing people on my way here and if they by chance are reading this, I just want you to know that I really appreciate each one of you! One of the people, she came and sat right next to me while we were waiting in the airport, was this amazing lady who worked as an interpreter for the United States government in Guantánamo Bay. Apparently three of her countrymen, who have all been declared “cleared” by the U.S. government are still being kept detained because they don’t know what to do with them. They can’t send them back and they aren’t making them U.S. citizens. Who is paying for all of this? The tax payers. The fact that innocent people are being kept detained is just appalling!

What’s further appalling is what has been done to her countrymen, the Uyghur people by the Chinese Government. Had you ever heard of them before? Well, neither had I. They are an ethnic Turkish group living in China. From what she told me about the crimes committed against her people by the Chinese Government has just become one more reason on my list why I’d never want to visit! I sincerely hope that she writes a book about her life and all of this! Here she is speaking about Guantánamo:

Before the two of us met in the Philadelphia airport, I had walked by Burrito Elito. When I saw the place I thought, I can actually eat something here! They have a vegan burrito on their menu and after not having had lunch or anything really to eat on the plane (5+hours), this sounded really good. I knew that this would also become my dinner. Thankfully, I was so full after eating it. When I finally arrived at my destination I was received by my host, whom I’m renting the apartment from. He’s been most gracious & accommodating! After getting up at 4 am, I was pretty tired, but it was Election Night! How about that election? My friends texted in and there were cheers all around me when the result came in! I’m very grateful! Over and out, it’s been an exciting day in class! I’ve met some fantastic people in the seminar. Their stories have just blown me away and we are all learning a lot more about a plant-based vegan diet!

 

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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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