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.
But 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 big cross. 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 weird 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 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.
About this blog:
It started as a college project in Alysbury while learning web design and telephony. Over the years, as I travelled more, I started writing more. My plan is to continue to write about more and more places to see in England and also about travelling from London to several other European countries.