Lisa Lansing

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Welcome to Germany!

Photo by Markus Spiske

A few train rides and a short 2-hour flight later, I’m finally settled in Berlin!

The biggest lesson I learned today is to ensure I pack enough food for my journey. I typically overlook food if I’m on the move all day because I don’t have time to think about it.

The flight from Edinburgh to Berlin was quick but I spent a good portion of my day in transit. My day started at 5 a.m., and since then I’ve managed to eat a smoothie, a pack of grapes, a smoothie bowl from Juice Warrior in Edinburgh, and then hours later some fresh-squeezed orange juice and strawberries at the airport in Berlin. While I did have to pay an arm and a leg for the juice and berries, I was famished and needed some fruit quickly!

Most airports do sell some sort of fruit and juice but the price is always unreasonably high. Other vegan snack options are too high in fat and salt: peanuts or trail mixes, chips, and the ever-abundant crisps. Occasionally you’ll find vegan options at restaurants if you’re lucky (like stir-fries at Asian-themed places, salads, or veggie sandwiches), but even these dishes are drowned in oil or dripping with fatty sauces.

Moral of the story: be prepared and bring your own fruit. Grapes would have been a good choice for the flight, or perhaps a few bananas. My next travel day will be a train ride to Poland. You better believe my bag will be packed full of fruit!

I was still very hungry following my over-priced airport snack, so as soon as I dumped my stuff at the new flat and became acquainted with my new flatmates (lovely people and the cutest wee cats and dog–photos forthcoming!), I ventured down the street to Aldi. As I browsed the aisles in search of the produce section, I realised it’s impossible for me to sort out which products are vegan. I can’t read the packaging or any of the ingredients because everything is labelled in German! (Surprising, I know!)

That isn’t a problem at all, though, since fruits and veggies are always my top choices for an easy vegan meal. Produce is always vegan–no labels necessary! Fruits and veggies are cheaper than processed foods, healthier, and save me time because they don’t require cooking.

Fruit really is the perfect fast food! I just downed several packs of Saturn peaches from Spain and grapes from Chile for my dinner thanks to Aldi. Both were absolutely incredible! Seriously, nothing tastes as good as fruit, and nothing can compare to the way fruit makes me feel!

On that note, I’m going to eat more grapes and hit the hay early. Tomorrow I aim to explore Berlin with my camera in hand. I’m happy to finally start this 6-month trip and can’t wait to see what Berlin has to offer!

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