Travelling. Learning to dance with Buenos Aires [with photos]
5 Top tips for better travel – Learning the art of Slow Travel. Buenos Aires.
|some vegan staples I’ve managed to track down|
Hola! mi amor. I’m currently ensconced in the sweltering heat and noise of Buenos Aires. It’s day 3 and I’ve not eaten out yet. Day 2 my attempts to find not one but two options for vegan restaurants failed when I forgot to write down the street numbers. In the UK, the streets are usually pretty short. Not so in Argentina, they are more like American streets and the numbers reach into the thousands. Last night, I located a raw food vegan place I wanted to try and the bloody power was down. Now, it’s a raw food restaurant…who needs power right? Apparently, their back-room kitchen was so dark they could not see to doing any prep. I happened across an Indian Krishna restaurant in Palermo and couldn’t read the menu – a) because the writing was so small and b)because I couldn’t make head nor tale of what it had on it and my travel dictionary was lacking. Sheesh!
Today I am going for a private Spanish lesson to learn how to order food. Ah…so then the feasting can begin. My ‘wish list’ notebook has pages of vegan eateries to try in Buenos Aires. So surprising in a predominantly meat-eating country. I wonder whether one can really get into a culture if you remain in a minority…of course, it is the same as being in any country. I do as I am and find those that share my life philosophy. I do worry that I won’t blend with the portenos (locals), if I am not eating at 10pm? Jesus, how do they do that? My normal eating pattern is to have finished chowing by 6pm at the latest! Who’d want a gut full of food at bedtime? Can’t be right, can it?!
I’ve been eating really lightly, because the heat just isn’t getting me hungry. I’ve a juicer in my room which is a Godsend. For lunch and dinner I’ve just been preparing raw cauliflower nori wraps and enjoying lots of flavourful sun dried tomatoes. I’ve been making a wrap sauce out of nutritional yeast, kelp powder, chlorella and spices (I had stashed in my suitcase from the UK) which has been serving me well. But today, I’m heading out again and this time I WILL eat out, dammit!
Here is a sample list of vegetarian/vegan foods translated into Spanish. Not everything is listed. I hope I’ve covered the basics to help you buy your staples or eat out in a Spanish speaking country ¿”Por favor, puedo ver el menu?”
I promise mucho food porn in my next post!
Aren’t these useful?! Print them out and keep them in your bag!
That done I’m back to watching South American TV and, of course, the cooking channel. Currently a fast speaking, very hairy handed and mucho shiny, bald headed man is cook tamales. He keeps saying vegan and vegetariano. I think I love him!
Nearly forgot, this will help too…
Vegetariano estricto, or vegano
To say “I am vegan” it is “Soy vegano”
Happy travels..happy eating!
Oh, and for the mosquito bites (honestly, I love creatures but what are they for in the scheme of things!) I recommend vinagre de sidra de manzana (apple cider vinegar).
I will be posting vegan friendly supermarkets in Argentina soon too. Come back and see.
Upheaval is the buzz word, ringing like tinitus in my ear, right now. In three days I will be airlifted from cold and drizzle and transported to summer sun and long days, immersed in a culture I’ve yet to discover and surround by voices I do not (yet) comprehend. I always think it is a crazy (crazy in a good way) notion – travelling, it’s like visiting another planet. My excitement knows no end.
My spare bed is now quite unrecognisable. Strewn with ‘stuff for my trip’. Being a vegan, and a long time gypsy girl, I’ve gotten used to carrying a few essential food stuffs. Enough to keep me going until I find a natural food store, or buy supplies online. There is something about unpacking and having your favourite green tea, or snack to hand to settle you in. Also, having a zip baggie with a couple of days of breakfast in takes the pressure off shopping. It also helps to have some sense of normality when plonked in a vastly different environment.
Airports are a radiation hazard, and the stress of travel, cabin pressure, recycled air dryer than the Sahara and jet lag can all take it’s toll. But there are things you can do to protect yourself and stay on top form so you can arrive feeling (relatively..it’s a long flight) fabulous. So, here is a list of tried and tested must haves for road trips and skyward journeys.
In my hand luggage I take
2 different probiotics to keep my digestion healthy
chlorella powder to minimise the effects of radiation
wheatgrass a good all-round powerhouse super food to supplement (or replace) airline food
1 x 10 ml (empty..fill it up on the plane as customs confiscate liquids) spritz bottle for spraying face regulary with water, to counter dehydrating effects of cabin air
travel pack digestive enzymes
soft spongy ear plugs
miso soup powder
On previous trips I’ve taken kale chips, homemade raw bread, homemade muffin or cake, but I’m am experimenting with eating very little on the trip. I am planning to sleep through most of it instead and mainly drink lots of water and green tea. I figured, leaving the UK in the evening, sleeping through most of the 15hr (eek!) flight and taking up on the day, Argentine time, when I touch down at 10am. That is the plan.
In my suitcase
zip baggy of breakfast (pea protein powder, green super food powder, acai powder, goji berries, flax meal)
kelp powder (to lesson effects of radiation)
1 pouch of baby food – fruit berries – to add to breakfast powder
1 pouch chicory coffee
1 box green tea (decaf)
1 zip baggy nooch (nutritional yeast powder)
1 packet of nori sheets (to make nori burritos)
4 single serving miso soup powder
2 raw energy bars
Upon arrival at destination
I perform a saline nasil wash (salt in warm water – antibacterial…counteract the recycled cabin air)
take a 1/2 tsp reishi mushroom powder to boost my immunity
have a warm, comforting cup of tea
grab my camera, $ , shades, room keys, a keen sense of adventure, and go exploring. I’ll do a walkabout and suss out the area. Source some promising cafes I may want to frequent. Track down the natural food stores, and do some serious people watching.
Have you visited Argentina? Do you live there? Send me tips and ideas of places you think I have to visit in the city. Must do’s in Buenos Aires. I’ve noted a few vegan restaurants to try. What are your travel essentials? Leave a comment below and let us know.