Is it really difficult to travel the world and still remain vegetarian?
I'm a software consultant by profession. I started
'serious' travelling for professional reasons
when I went to Hong
Kong/South Korea for a business visit for one
month. I did not speak Korean and did not know
anyone else who spoke Korean. Being a vegetarian
compounded the problem as I struggled to get
the message across in hotels.
it amazes me how human mind works. On my second
visit to the restaurant, I again faced the problem
of what to eat. I took the paper tissue kept
on the table and drew a chicken on it. Then
I put a BIG cross on it. Then I drew a four
legged animal and again drew a cross across
it. Then it was turn of the fish and again a
Photo above: Konigsee,
Germany. World is beautiful !
Then I drew an Egg next to the chicken I drew earlier and put a BIG YES tick on it (like the Nike logo). Then something with leaves again a yes there.
The waitress could not believe what was going on, but at the end of it she was amazed and gave a huge smile that she understood.
She also called her manager to see this weired fellow's drawings and both of them laughed and put fingers on some menu options on the menu card. I ordered one of it and found that I indeed got an egg fried rice.
However later I got better. Next day, I requested one of my colleagues who could write a bit of english to write some common things for me in Korean (including one that said 'I'm a vegetarian - no meat or fish for me. Egg is fine') and later on only thing I had to do was to carry that paper with me and show the message.
In my next trip to South Korea, I had managed to buy english / korean book of common phrases, had picked up the hangul script. So I could easily write and read things correctly, although I could not tell what it means due to my limited vocabulary.
I would like to make it clear that I'm not an expert in travelling or travel guide or have anything to do with the travel industry. I'm just a web enthusiast and an avid traveller. I wish to visit at least 25 countries before I retire.
Tower, Paris - My favourite place so far
it was the turn of England, again for professional reasons.
I made full use of my stay in England to visit Scotland,
Frace, Holland, Switzerland (all more than once), Belgium,
Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Rupublic and Spain.
this website, I want to inform you about not only places
in England, but also want to tell you about practical
itineraries that worked for me.
also want to write about travel planning in general.
One day I also wish to write on all the countries I
visited and the experiences I had. If visitors like
the website, then may be in the future I can recover
some costs by advertising. Unfortunately I'm at least
10 years late to make a living on a dot com :-)
people do ask me what are my favourite places
in whatever I have seen so far?
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany
Trafalgar square / Westminister, London, England
Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Holland
Backwaters of Kerala, India
wish I could visit so many more places in years
to come that the list keeps on growing!