Tips for Vegetarians

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Mmm, veggies
photograph courtesy of Kaymaria Daskarolis

It does not always help to say it, because sometimes even if it is literally comprehended it is still not fully understood. Nevertheless, if you are a vegetarian traveling in a country or territory where you don’t know the language, the customs, or the ingredients in a dish being served to you, it is useful to know how to declare in the home language of the country you are visiting, “I am a vegetarian. I do not eat meat or poultry.”

Apparently, the folks at Green Earth Travel have given this matter some thought. They have a list of vegetarian phrases in about 40 different languages on their web site. Languages include Arabic, Cantonese, and Norwegian. If you are a vegetarian, do your research before you travel.

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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