Hello from Russia! (Not strictly veg-related!)
I know I've been really lazy about being on here, but I finally managed to get some spare time on the Internet so I can say hello to you all from my year abroad (if anyone even remembers me after my two-month absence!). So, all appears to be going well, mostly I remember enough Russian to get by and my hostess is lovely.
Unfortunately Russian perceptions of vegetarians are... well... here's a usual conversation in a restaurant:
"Do you have any dishes without meat?"
"We've got fish."
My hostess totally understands the concept of vegetarianism which is miraculous, but unfortunately non-meat protein doesn't exist for her so I've basically been surviving on bread, fruit and vegetables and pasta. Most of this fried. Okay. I'm off to Moscow on Monday for a five day holiday and I've found the details of three vegetarian restaurants - can't wait!
Anyway, complaints about fried pasta aside, everything is going swimmingly and I wanted to share a few pictures of beautiful Yaroslavl to make up for my absence.
Pretty, pretty place :)
Anyone hankering for more can go to my travel journal (shameless self-promotion, I know!) at http://k-is-for-koshka.livejournal.com.
Hope you guys are all doing fine, any interesting news that I've missed? Missing my constant VegWeb lurking!
Great pics. It looks and sounds awesome!
Wow, those pictures are gorgeous. I have always wanted to go to Russia & seeing your pictures has reminded me that I haven't been there yet ;)
If you happen to take some shots of Moscow, I'd love to see them :)
oh wow! it looks beautiful! How cold is it? in F if you can. I'm so curious!
Wow, that looks amazing!
I know what you mean about other perceptions of vegetarian/ veganism. Once when I was in the Netherlands, I explained to a relative that I do not eat meat. She scooped the meatballs out of my soup and thought that was OK!!
those pics are beautiful! i've always wanted to go to russia too~ they have an amazing history, and i'm such a huge fan of a few of their authors. doesn't surprise me they're not that familiar with veganism though, which is part of the reason i've never considered it too seriously. catski- you must prepare the way!
congratulations, too, on your year abroad. that's a great opportunity and sounds exciting. i hope you can find food!!
I'm really impressed - taking that leap and traveling! why'd you choose Russia?
those pics are great!