I made it to India, safe and sound after 24 hours of travel.
I was a bit worried about the flight as my travel time was about 24 hours and I wasn’t able to indicate that I was both vegan and gluten free for my meal requirements. I went with vegan, and luckily I was able to eat about half of the meals. I ended up sleeping off and on, so I wasn’t too hungry by the end. I also brought some dehydrated backpacker meals in pouches as I have had some success in the past bringing those on flights, but luckily I didn’t need them. I couldn’t get a good picture of any of the airplane food, but here is a picture anyway:
I am staying in Bangalore and so far I am really enjoying it. I have another blog that talks about what we are doing while we are there called Out of the Stacks, and we also have a Flickr account set up where we will be posting pictures.
So far, as I expected, it has been incredibly easy to find vegetarian meals, but it may be very difficult to find 100% vegan meals. Unfortunately the people who work in the restaurants do not speak english, or only a little, so it would be difficult to ask about the ingredients in the food, let alone ask if something was vegan. This is also the longest time I will have gone without a kitchen. I have found myself with a lot of extra time, as I used to spend a lot of my spare time cooking and baking. I miss making smoothies and eating raw and lighter foods. Right now it feels kind of difficult living without a kitchen, but hopefully I will get to appreciate having more free time to explore India. Meals here are very cheap. I bought some idli and sambaar the other day for about 35 cents Canadian. Large meals, like a curry and rice can be had for about 1-2 dollars Canadian.
From my understanding, South India uses mostly rice, while North India relies more on wheat. Fortunately I am in the south, so almost everything is gluten free. I am not sure how I’ll fare in the North when we do some travelling. I haven’t been able to find any gluten free or health food yet, but so far eating typical Indian food seems to be working out.