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Hello from Russia! (Not strictly veg-related!)

Hey everybody!

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.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y14/Catski/Russia040e.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y14/Catski/Rusia/Russia092e.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y14/Catski/Rusia/Russia101e.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y14/Catski/Rusia/Russia062e.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y14/Catski/Kreml006e.jpg

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!

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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  :)

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oh wow!  it looks beautiful!  How cold is it?  in F if you can.  I'm so curious!

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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!!

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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!!

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I'm really impressed - taking that leap and traveling! why'd you choose Russia?

those pics are great!

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What a beautiful place!

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oh wow!  it looks beautiful!  How cold is it?  in F if you can.  I'm so curious!

I'm afraid Fahrenheit confuses me, but conveniently its hovering just about 0 degrees Celsius... brrrr... fortunately I bought a warm Russian coat!

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I'm really impressed - taking that leap and traveling! why'd you choose Russia?

those pics are great!

I'm spending my whole third year of university out here as I'm studying the language, and it's actually a course requirement that I do so - not so much of a leap as a push, really!

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