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Udawalawe National Park: an ethical safari

elephants at Udawalawe
elephants at Udawalawe

 

One of Sri Lanka's main attraction is the abundance of national parks, and I couldn't miss visiting at least one of them.

In Borneo I could just book a house inside the park and hike its trails, but here in Sri Lanka I knew I had to book a safari, even if i wasn't sure whether I was going to like it or not... but the beauty of traveling is also discovering new activities.

The first thing was to choose the park, and then the agency with which I would book the safari.

When I planned my trip to the country I opted for the classical loop Airport -> Kandy -> Ella -> Mirissa -> Hikkaduwa -> Colombo, so the best thing for me was to visit Udawalawe or Yala on my way from Ella to the beach... let's see how I decided which one to choose.

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Vegan food on Iberia

 

I have to admit that when I booked my flight from Cuba to Italy with Iberia I was pretty worried about their meals.

I lived in Spain for many years and I knew well that many people don't really care about what vegans need and want.

Moreover, checking on line and speaking with my friends, I had the impression that vegan food on Iberia was not as good as on other airlines.

I had flown with them before, but as a vegetarian, not as a vegan, so I was rather scared to read comments like these ones:

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Day trip from Candidasa (Lempuyang, Tirta Gangga, Water Palace)

lempuyang temple
lempuyang temple

About Candidasa

 

Candidasa is a small beach town located in the southern coast in Bali.

I decided to spend some day here for a few reasons.

First of all, it was not too far from Ubud (my previous stop), and not to far from Nusa Dua (my next destination)

Secondly, I read that you can do a decent snorkeling here, not as good as in Amed for example, but considering the distances it was a good compromise. You won't find huge corals here, but there are some nice spots to swim with colored fishes in a safe environment (especially in the resort area)

Last but not least, a day trip from Candidasa will let you discover some of the most beautiful places in Bali!

Let's see which ones!

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Vegan food on Turkish Airlines

 

I traveled with Turkish Airlines from Venice to Kuala Lumpur in 2018.

Before the flight me and my boyfriend decided to try two different kind of meals: VGML (traditional vegan) and VJML (jain vegan), so that we could compare and share.

Every single meal that we tried was delicious! VGML usaually had rice with curry or pasta with veggies, while VJML had samosa and falafel (and rice with curry as well).

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Vegan inflight meals

vegan inflight meals
vegan inflight meals

 

The first time a took a flight I was 16, I had no idea of what I had to do or where I had to go.

Imagine my surprise when I saw a flight attendant offering me a meal!

I was so shocked that I just refused it 🙂

On my way back I recovered from the surprise and I tried it. I don’t remember if I was a vegetarian back then or if I still ate fish, but I think I managed to eat something.

Things have changed a lot from that moment, and I can now suggest you how to book you favorite vegan inflight meals.

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Vegan food in Kuala Lumpur

vegan food Sentral Station
vegan food Sentral Station

 

Kuala Lumpur is such a huge city that it’s not difficult to find your perfect kind of food...the question is: can we find CHEAP vegan food there? The answer is yes!

To be honest I have to admit that the my first 2 days there were pretty complicated, as I didn’t find the huge amount of accidentally vegan food that I’m used to have in other places like Thailand, most of all because I didn’t want to pay western prices for that.

But now that I’ve experienced myself how to find the best local vegan food in Kuala Lumpur I can share my discoveries with you 🙂

I will give tips about 3 different areas, which are the ones that I likes best:

Sentral Station, Brikfields and Bukit Kewangan (close to the Masjid Jamek Mosque)

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Vegan food in Bali (Ubud, Candidasa and Nusa Dua)

vegan food in Bali
vegan food in Bali

 

When I left for Bali I was ready to land to a vegan paradise, and I wasn’t disappointed.

It’s actually easy to find vegan food in Bali and, most important, you don’t need to look for it in western-looking restaurants but you can enjoy local dishes instead.

Nevertheless, I think you should be aware of a huge difference that you will find between Ubud and other areas...here’s my experience.

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Matang Wildlife Centre

 

orang utan matang

 

After visiting Bako Natural Park and Semenggoh Nature Reserve, we were a bit undecided about Matang Wildlife Centre.

Many online reviews stated than it looks more like a zoo than a conservation centre, other pointed out that the cages where the animals are kept are too small.

Others assured me that they are doing a lot to help animals and that they are constantly improving their facilities

In the end, I decided that the only way to get out of doubts was to get there and see it with my eyes.

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Animal abuse in Bali

farmed pig in Candidasa
farmed pig in Candidasa

 

One my my biggest fears when I travel is to stumble upon some case of animal abuse.

Bali is known to be a paradise on earth and to be pretty vegan friendly, but as its human population in omnivore the cases of animal abuse in Bali are just the same as in any other country of the world.

I have noticed that many bloggers are strongly concerned about stray cats and dogs, but I honestly think that this is not the major problem...the worst cases of animal abuse in Bali (as anywhere else) are related to farmed animals.

I discovered so many examples of that in only a few hours that I need to share this with you.

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