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Side effects of vegan travels

Dear careful vegans,

after traveling a while around the world I often saw situations which did’t really make me happy. There are so many poor animals which are locked in cages for entertain tourists. I know that happens since ages and so on but every single one of us could help stop those cruel tourist hotspots!

I remember a tour in Viet Nam. They took us to the Mekong Delta and we just signed in for a river cruise, to visit a floating market and to get to the south of Viet Nam by bus. But the brought us to a crocodile farm. They just kept them in tiny little pool areas like in a zoo…

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I told the tour guide that I don’t like to go with her and to wait in the bus for the group because I don’t like seeing animals like this. She was interested and asked me if tourists don’t like this kind of entertainment. I told her how many people from Europe feel when it comes to those attractions. She promised me to talk to her boss- well, of course I don’t know if she really did, but I sent an email afterwards to the farm as well and a few other members of my group waited with me when they saw me having the discussion with the tour guide.

In Bali we wanted to go to famous rice fields and saw a luwak coffee tasting on the side of the road. A few of my travel group wanted to go there and to try the famous luwak coffee. It’s the coffee which is made from „special“ beans. The luwaks, really cute animals, eat the beans and afterwards, of course, poo the beans. The coffee farms take the beans to roast them and offer the famous and expensive luwak coffee. So in the beginning I went in the shop with my friends. As we saw the small cages with the luwaks inside I asked the staff if they could play outside in the trees or if they have bigger cages as well for them and how they treat them there (yes, I know, they wouldn’t be honest but I just wanted to make my status clear 🙂 ). They told me that the animals could play for half an hour every day on a leash and that they just live in this cages for poking the beans. Awesome! This was the moment when I left the shop and waited outside with another friend of mine who’s a vegetarian. The coffee doesn’t even taste special as our friends told us who tried this stuff. It’s just another way to get money from abusing animals.

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A year ago I stayed in a really nice hotel resort in Khao Lak, Thailand. There was this cute baby elephant, who came to the resort every single day to entertain the kids there. Unfortunately lot of parents made pics with their children standing in front of the elephant, who was hold on a chain. You could see that there was something wrong with her and that she was really sad. So I asked the stuff of the resort and they told me that she was living alone at her master’s house without her mother. She was way too young and she always did the same moves. I read an article online who said that elephants, who always move the same way, are depressed and sick. So I told the hotel management to stop it and wrote emails and stuff.

The only thing we could do against it: don’t just go there and write emails to the management of those farms, shops, hotels, whatever and tell them, that it’s not ok and there are tourists, who don’t like to see such things! Tell other tourists that it’s not good for animals to be treated like this. Whenever I told other people things like that there were a few who thought about animal abusing and reacted nicely. Just try to make the world a better place for animals. We have to…

Quick and easy – summer snack

Aloha vegans,

I’m back in munich for a short stop before I’ll go back on the road in mid october. I’m really kinda homesick when I think about Asia at the moment and I can’t wait to get back there. The last 3,5 months were such an inspirational and joyful time and I met many nice people and even new friends. My favorite place to be was Indonesia, especially Bali and Nusa Lembongan so far. I just love the vibe and the scenery there so much, that I can imagine living there for the next years.
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Meanwhile I have to make the best out of the situation, but summer is great in Europe at the moment. The weather is superheat and sunny. I enjoy my time here in nice parks and at the Bavarian lakes. So nice! I spend a lot of time with my friends and family of course but I have to organize a lot of stuff as well. Sometimes there’s not that much time for preparing food. So I thought it might be good, posting a quick summer recipe on the go.

Easy and delicious!
Here is what you need:

– hummus
– cherry tomatoes
– iceberg salad
– olive oil
– spelt or corn bread/ waffles

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Just put the Hummus on the waffles, add all of the other ingredients and top it with olive oil. Awesome! It’s a nice and light snack for lunch or a picknick. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Have a great and sunny day!

Alex

Goodbye 2014

Ein winterliches Hallo an alle Freunde des veganen Lifestyles,

es war ein sehr bewegendes Jahr für mich die letzten Monate waren sehr schwer für mich. Daher gab es leider keine Posts mehr. Dies wird sich in 2015 wieder ändern- versprochen! Ich hoffe, Ihr alle habt einen schönen Silvesterabend und eine tolle Feier. Falls Ihr Silvester gemütlich zu Hause ohne viel Tam Tam feiert und noch ein schnelles Last minute Rezept benötigt mit Zutaten, die sich gelegentlich irgendwo im hinteren Eck des Schranks befinden (zumindest bei mir), ist dieser Post eventuell genau das Richtige für Euch…

Ich habe folgenden Zutaten verwendet:

– 1 Glas Mais

– 1 Glas rote Beete

– 250g Reis

– Glas Sauerkraut

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Zubereitung:

Den Reis kochen und abtropfen lassen. Dann alle Zutaten in einen Wok/ eine Pfanne geben und anbraten. FERTIG :-)) Das war eines meiner Resteverwertungsrezepte aus 2014 und es war das definitiv leckerste Last Minute Rezept das ich je gegessen habe! Die Kombi aus Sauerkraut und rote Beete mit Reis mag dem ein oder anderen spanisch vorkommen, aber es schmeckt auf jeden Fall!

In diesem Sinne wünsche ich Euch einen tollen letzten Abend im Jahr 2014.

Viele liebe Grüße aus dem verschneoten München hinaus in die immer mehr vegan denkende Welt zu Euch,

* Eure Alex *

// Dear vegan friends everywhere,

2014 was a very rough year for me and my family. I’m sorry that I couldn’t post that much I wanted to. I will change this in 2015 and come back with a lot of new recipes amd vegan ideas… I hope you had a great year and 2015 will be even better for you guys. So happy new years eve and party hard 🙂 If you like this evening more quiet at home like me and you need a super last minute recipe- here we go…

What I used:

– 1 glass of corn

– 1 glass of beet root

– 250g rice

– 1 glass of sauerkraut (!!!)

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Steem the rice. After that just put all the things in a casserole and heat that yummy stuff. READY TO

SERVE 🙂

This is a superyum recipe, and I have the ingredients most of the year in store.  You mogt be confused of how the sauerkraut works out together wirh rice and beet root but trust me- the result is awesomesauce!!!

Have a blessed night and a wonderful new year 2015.

All the best out to you dear vegan friends,

Alex