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I'm back from Cuba! :) with advice!

hi everyone

I got back yesterday from a week in Cuba (stayed in a resort near Guardalavaca). It was awesome, but SO DIFFICULT to be vegan! I was surprised, especially since it was a 4 star place. I suppose they try to cater to the usual diets of North Americans/Europeans at resorts, but it was weird, even most of the salads had meat in them. Innocent bean and vegetable dishes were tainted with cheese and meat. So, I basically lived off fruit, bread and the occasional vegetable dish. Good thing I brought some Luna bars.

Anyway, for future ref, if people are traveling to Cuba (or any other resort-type place where the availability of vegan food might be questionable):

- bring soymilk/almond milk/whatever milk you drink. There was nothing but cows' milk.
- bring a reusable container to the buffets - if they have something good one day (like a chick pea salad sans meat) load up your container because chances are it won't be a regular item at the counter
- bring nuts/protein bars/whatever in case plant-based proteins are scarce. Enough for your whole stay would be wise.
- if possible get in touch with the hotel staff in advance to let them know about your diet - trying to explain veganism to people in their second or third language can be frustrating for everyone (although all the staff were very helpful and friendly)
- if you meet someone Cuban and get invited to their house, GO! Preferably with some toiletries and what have you, to give them. Cuban folks rarely eat meat themselves, & usually have bean & rice dishes, so that might be the best food you have the whole time.

But, despite the very limited food selection, it was a sweet trip and alot of the food I could eat was pretty good. *runs off to make chili*

http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v2101/176/55/120813142/n120813142_40157465_6963.jpg

The picture you took is amazing..Far off in the future when I'm able to retire I want to live somewhere like that.  8)

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Beautiful picture.  Thanks for sharing & welcome back!

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A place with a name like "Guardalavaca" (literally, guard the cow) should be veggie at least, if not vegan! 8-)

"Señorita, ¿por qué es usted vegetariana?"
"Guardalavaca, hombre."

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A place with a name like "Guardalavaca" (literally, guard the cow) should be veggie at least, if not vegan! 8-)

"Señorita, ¿por qué es usted vegetariana?"
"Guardalavaca, hombre."

Can I steal that spanish joke?  ;D

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You may.  ;)b

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hah! right on, yg. I thought the same thing about the name.

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hah! right on, yg. I thought the same thing about the name.

It can also mean, "Put that cow away!" which in some ways is even better.

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Welcome back Tino!  Beautiful picture.

Sorry to hear the resort food was sucky.  :(

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A place with a name like "Guardalavaca" (literally, guard the cow) should be veggie at least, if not vegan! 8-)

"Señorita, ¿por qué es usted vegetariana?"
"Guardalavaca, hombre."

Can I steal that spanish joke?   ;D

Oh that's awesome. I'm going to share that with my sister, who's a spanish teacher and who "won't eat anything with legs." 

Thanks for the advice, Tino. I'm not sure when I'll be going to Cuba though... hm. 

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