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How to travel CRUELTY FREE

When you are a so called "vegan for the animals" you are not only concerned about food, but also about your shopping, and if it's difficult enough to pay attention to everything in your own environment, you can only imagine that it must be impossible abroad.

Never mind! The number of people concerned with cruelty free products is growing everyday, and so are web pages and applications that can help us checking materials and ingredients.

Here's the ones you cannot miss when travelling abroad:

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The best vegan food in Bangkok

Thailand is one of the best places to eat vegan and cheap food, and Bangkok offers a huge variety of choices for every taste; this is my personal guide of the best vegan food in the city.

Chamlong restaurant, just outside Chatuchak Market

 

vegan food at Chatuchak Market in Bangkok
vegan food at Chatuchak Market in Bangkok

 

In my opinion this is the best place to eat vegan in Bangkok: it has different stalls and also vegan shop. You may read that this is a vegetarian place, but when I ate there everything was vegan; keep in mind that in Thailand many people use the word "vegetarian" for vegan, just ask to be sure but you'll have no issues.

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Vegan food and animal rights in Cuba

a cat in La Habana
a cat in La Habana

What I remember

I first visited Cuba around the year 2003. I spent one month studying at the University of La Habana and had some time to visit Trinidad and Pinar.
I was a vegetarian back then, so finding something to eat was not a problem, even if you had to buy cheese and eggs at the black market. Meat was a luxury item, so it was not easy to find it in street food stalls.
What really shocked me was the condition of stray animals: everywhere I went I saw miserable cats and dogs, ill with skin diseases , so thin you could see their ribs, and many of them had their ears cut, I really don't know why.
People of course got shocked and angry when I asked for meat for the animals, in a time when many humans didn't have enough to eat.
I left the island in deep sorrow because I couldn't do anything for the animals, and nobody was going to do anything soon.

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Las Coloradas

Flamingos at Las Coloradas
Flamingos at Las Coloradas

Why pink?

Las Colaradas is an astonishing location which is part of the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, established in 1979 with the aim of protecting 60,000 hectares of vegetation and hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Despite the huge variety of fauna that one can spot here, including turtles and crocodiles, Las Coloradas is famous for two things: its pink waters and its flamingos.

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A cheap way to go from La Habana airport to the city

bus from La Habana airport to the city
bus from La Habana airport to the city

When you land at La Habana you have two ways to get out of the airport and arrive at your destination in the city.

-The easy one is taking a taxi: if you take the ones waiting in the line just in front of the Terminal you'll probably pay 25 $, with small possibilities for negotiation...if you want to pay a bit less you can try to walk a bit farther and ask to the ones that are parked outside the line; I was offered a ride to the Habana Vieja for 10 $ but I refused because a wanted to try the second option, as you will see....

-The funny and cheap one is taking the bus, it will cost you only 10 cents $ but I have to admit it was a really punk experience.
If you are coming from abroad your plane will land at Termanal 3, the first thing you need to do is going to Terminal 2, the one for local flights, to get the bus for the city.

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