I have been asked quite frequently if I have had difficulties maintaining a vegetarian diet while travelling. It surprises me how often this question comes up, and I am not sure I have ever done a good job answering it.
As a consumer I try to support companies working towards a healthier planet. I strongly believe each dollar, euro, krone, lira, dirham spent can be a vote for a cleaner environment. So, I am always on the lookout for the best product to put in my pack.
Before arriving in Norway I spent two weeks in Denmark this past June. The highlight of my time amongst the Danish would have to be the last minute, cobbled together, 6 day self-guided bike tour of Northern Zealand.
I do not talk with most of the people I meet on the road about this blog. A small number find out about the sketching and painting, if we hang out long enough I am bound to pull out my journal and start doodling something. Some ask if I have an online space, I will chuckle and admit I have a blog, ‘Just like every other traveller these days.’ But the treading lightly bit? That part I am shy about.
Finding organic grocers in Europe, bio restaurants, cafes and bakeries, getting used to communicating through my shyness and language barriers with farmers, wandering local outdoor markets filled with tables spilling with edible colour grown by producers who may not be certified but still do not use sprays or chemical fertilizers, avoiding packaging, compensating for calories lost from all the walking with organic chocolate