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#1 Old 07-07-2015, 04:28 PM
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Traveling to Portugal as a Vegan


I will be visiting my family's friends in Portugal this summer, which I am really looking forward to. The only thing that I am worried about is of course my vegan lifestyle.

I am 16 years old and vegan for about 6 months now, and I cannot imagine ever going back to eating meat. The problem is that that our friends are not vegan or vegetarian, and I do not want to be a big trouble for them.

I am willing to cook for myself (and have been doing so ever since I went vegan), but I do not want to be rude or make things awkward when it comes to food. I have considered opting for a vegetarian diet during my stay, but my father (who is not travelling with me btw, I am traveling by myself) advised me to eat seafood, because it is so popular there and during our previous visits. They always cooked for us and it mainly consisted of seafood and meat.

I will be calling them soon to enlighten them about my ''eating habits'', but I'm not sure how to explain to them that it is really important to me to stay as close to my vegan diet as possible, and that I will not eat meat in any circumstance without sounding rude or bratty. I mean, I am extremely thankful they are letting me stay at their place and giving me the opportunity to visit Portugal, but this is so important to me, that I am really torn in two.

I did some research on vegan friendly restaurants near them, and found 2 restaurants in Lisbon (they live in the area of the capital) which both got really good reviews. I am willing/going to bring some staple food with me for during the day, but my main concern is when dinner time arrives.

Does anyone have any advice or even experience on these situations?

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#2 Old 07-07-2015, 05:01 PM
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Finding vegan food in Lisbon isn't too difficult (except at coffee shops/bakeries), so when it comes to that you won't have a problem.

I guess your concern is that your family's friends make it hard on you to eat vegan at their house? Just call them and explain to them you don't eat certain foods (and if needed name the foods). Portuguese people do like to cook with animal products a lot, but since you're a guest, maybe they'll try to make you feel welcome.

"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." - William Ralphe Inge

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