Veganuary – Week Two – Travelling

Now, I said I was going to write about some documentaries for this week’s blog post, but having been away for a long weekend (hence the late post!) I thought I would write about travelling as a vegan/what I ate whilst it’s still fresh in my mind!

My friend and I had no idea where we were heading – only that it was somewhere in Europe and we had to be at the airport at half 8 in the morning. Sat in Starbucks (with a soy vanilla latte) we finally found out from Surprise Trips that we were going to Amsterdam, and that our hotel was called ‘Hotel Library’ – could it be anymore perfect for us??

I had done some research on tips for travelling as a vegan and downloaded a couple of apps that had been recommended, and the most useful turned out to be Happy Cow, which shows vegan restaurants, cafes and shops and those with vegan options closest to your location.

We were starving, so used this app to get ourselves to the nearest cafe with vegan options – Betty Blue – where I had a cappuccino with almond milk and the soup of the day – tomato and courgette and lots of other yummy veggies with ciabatta. 20170113_170305

I was too hungry/enjoying it too much to remember to take a picture until I was halfway through!

Later that evening we went into an Italian restaurant and I had a veggie pizza without the mozzarella and it was delicious. It had artichokes, mushrooms, aubergine and lots of other veggies which were very tasty.

To drink I had my first Heinekin of the trip – thank goodness it’s vegan!

On Saturday we trekked across the city for some Dutch pancakes in a lovely place called Mook; another Happy Cow find, as they do vegan versions of all their pancakes.

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Blueberries, banana, strawberries, maple syrup and coconut shavings

It was definitely worth the walk in the sleet and the cold to find this place; it was delicious.

For dinner we went to the Golden Temple, a veggie and vegan Indian restaurant we heard about from a leaflet in our hotel’s reception. It was lovely and cosy inside, with two little doggies running around too, which was obviously a bonus. This was my yummy coconut curry:

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Breakfast wasn’t the easiest, because you can’t just run into Starbucks and grab a pastry or
whatever when you’re on the go, so I ate cereal bars to keep me going through the morning most days.

20170115_113819Other than that, I ate pretty darn well I’d say.

On Sunday however I probably should’ve lined my stomach a bit more before heading to the Heineken experience, however, as there was a decent amount of free beer on offer.

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Afterwards I ate the most yummy vegan egg salad sandwich at a vegan cafe called Roots though, and ohhhh buddy I could’ve eaten twelve. And they had oat milk – my favourite!

20170115_172229One name that kept coming up on Happy Cow was Bagels and Beans, and I finally got to sample some vegan bagel goodness on our final day. Bananas, maple syrup and cinnamon. Difficult to eat on the go (we were rushing to make our booked slot at the Anne Frank museum), but very tasty.

20170116_121107Down the road from the museum was a lovely veggie and vegan place where I tried tofu pate for the first time, but not the last, because I loved it. This restaurant also had a cat that looked like Crookshanks who was adorable:

Obviously going to Holland there was going to be a lot of cheese around to tempt me, but I didn’t cave; even in one of the many cheese museums:

Yes, that is a diamond-encrusted cheese slicer. There was no kind of explanation given, so your guess is as good as mine.

Knowing I’m not contributing to the cruelty of cows feels much better than any cheese tastes. But more on that in a later post.

I’ve rambled on for far too long now, so thanks for reading if you made it this far!

I’ll be back with my documentary reviews at the weekend. Ttfn!

Trip to Munich

I had a week booked off work, and a couple weeks beforehand my boyfriend broke up with me, so obviously I booked a flight to visit my friend in Munich. What better way to take your mind off your broken heart?

Well, the distraction part didn’t really work, but I am so glad I went. Travel is something I want to do way more of, and having a friend living abroad is too good an opportunity to miss!

Having only ever been abroad four times in my twenty-two years, catching a flight by myself was pretty scary. I smashed it, and I am so proud of myself. There’s nothing more satisfying than kicking anxiety’s butt.

My friend met me at the airport with a traditional Bavarian pretzel and I could not have been happier, cause I was starving. Then she led the way to her and her boyfriend’s flat, which is right in the centre of the city, and by the very beautiful river.IMG_20160517_155056

We had a really nice, chilled afternoon wandering around the city and the lovely English Garden:

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Certainly my favourite day spent in Munich was the second, as the weather was gorgeous and the Bavarian scenery even more beautiful. The plan was to get a cable car up to the top of a mountain my friends had previously hiked (my health would not allow that, unfortunately) but the cable car had stopped running… So we walked almost a quarter of the way up, which is still pretty high, it’s a big mountain, to the restaurant where we enjoyed a radler and some yummy German bread and dips; and, of course, the view.

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On our way back we hopped off the train at Schliersee for an hour to grab an ice cream in whilst the sun started to set over the mountains.

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Just so pretty!

On my final day, the weather was quite the opposite. Rain, rain and more rain.

The perfect day to go to a museum! Especially for my nerdy obsession with studying the Nazis, as the museum we visited was the ‘Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism’. Turns out being on my feet for so many hours a day in my job is an advantage when looking around museums, cause whilst the other two were slumped over having to rest on the stairs after an hour and a half, I was still standing after four hours of looking at all of the information that there was on offer, over four floors. And there was a lot! Even for someone like me who has done a hell of a lot of reading on the subject, there’s always something new to learn. Especially with this museum being specific to Munich and its personal relationship with National Socialism. I would highly recommend giving it a visit if you find yourself in the city.

I must go back to Munich if I ever get the chance, because there was so much to see, three days just wasn’t enough.

Thanks for reading!

 

Berlin Baes

We got back to East Midlands airport from Berlin on Friday morning, and I’m still recovering today. We seemed to fit so much into five days, and it was so hot I’m surprised I survived at all without passing out. It was fantastic though. I’ve fallen in love with the city I’ve been so interested in learning about since GCSE History lessons.

We saw the Berlin wall:

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We went boating (paid for an hour, needed to pee after roughly ten minutes):

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Bladder issues of course caused by lots and lots of beer:

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Visited my palace AND my street (thanks Berlin, love you too):

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Spent hours in the fantastic Jewish museum. I honestly think I could spend several days in there and still not have been able to read everything there is on offer there. The installations, like the ones below, were really moving, and seeing a couple with a toddler taking selfies inside one of the most powerful made me so angry I almost cried. Some people have no respect or understanding of where they are and the significance of what it’s all about. Infuriating. I learnt a helluva lot about Jewish history in Germany that I wasn’t aware of, though, and I recommend going if you ever find yourself in Berlin:

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On the same day we went to the museum, we also saw the Reichstag building, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate, and walked approximately 4738 trillion-million miles:

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We also ate lots of amazing food (chips come with ketchup AND mayo. Wake up, UK!) and met lots and lots of hungry little sparrows like this guy:

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Thanks to two of my Berlin baes Laura and Gemma for the majority of the photographs xoxo