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Greetings from Germany

Postby bellahsin » Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:23 pm

Hi all,

I'm new to veganism. After watching the film Forks over Knives, and read the book Eating Animals. I decided that going vegan is better for me and for everything around me. Must admit that it is not easy to be a new vegan in Southern Germany though, especially I don't really speak German.

I've been jogging outdoor regularly before winter comes (not a huge fan of running indoors, I get bored easily), and I'm thinking about picking up bouldering during the cold winter days.

So, that's pretty much it about me. Looking forward to learn more about how to be a healthy and fit vegan.

Cheers!
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby kallefs » Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:37 pm

Welcome! Germany seems pretty nice to be vegan in.
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby dublin dave » Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:53 pm

Welcome... 8)
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby bellahsin » Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:00 pm

kallefs wrote:Welcome! Germany seems pretty nice to be vegan in.

I guess you are right. I lived in a (somewhat) hippie town before I moved to Germany. So that made it seemed so much harder and have to put in more effort to be a vegan. I guess what I really really need is a German-English table telling me what nutritional yeast, wheat gluten, etc. is in German and where I can find them. :P
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby loveliberate » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:08 am

Hello & Welcome! :D
Where did you move to Germany from?
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby bellahsin » Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:47 am

loveliberate wrote:Hello & Welcome! :D
Where did you move to Germany from?

Boulder, Colorado. I love that place. :)
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby loveliberate » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:11 pm

Boulder is definitely very pleasant in many ways and likely the most vegan friendly locale for hundreds of miles any direction to boot! :-)
I would love to visit Boulder and the Rockies again soon... I have long imagined the german/north side of the Alps to be fairly similar to the Colorado Front Range - what do you think? Also what took you over to Germany?
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby bellahsin » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:55 pm

loveliberate wrote:Boulder is definitely very pleasant in many ways and likely the most vegan friendly locale for hundreds of miles any direction to boot! :-)
I would love to visit Boulder and the Rockies again soon... I have long imagined the german/north side of the Alps to be fairly similar to the Colorado Front Range - what do you think? Also what took you over to Germany?

The mountains are very different looking in Colorado then the Alps. I love them both. As long as I get to be outdoor I'm happy. :)
You definitely should, I miss Boulder a lot. It holds a special place in my heart.
I'm here for school. Not the most exciting thing I guess. Where do you live?
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby loveliberate » Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:02 am

I live in Portland, Oregon, u$a -aka- the most Vegan-friendly city yet. Please come visit! :D

I have lived in Colorado before (mostly the Springs) and been to Boulder pretty often but not for several years now... I looked up Ulm & it seems pleasant! The library looks very nice & the design reminds me a fair bit of the Seattle downtown library: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library With some luck I may visit Italia & Germany in the summer of 2012 - any tips if I do?
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby DB » Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:42 pm

Nutritional yeast=Hefeflocken
Gluten=gluten or weizeneiweiss
I know where you can get that stuff in Vorarlberg, Austria, but not in Germany. Unless you want to order online, in which case go to www.veganversand.at

Anyhow, welcome aboard.
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby bellahsin » Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:37 pm

loveliberate wrote:I live in Portland, Oregon, u$a -aka- the most Vegan-friendly city yet. Please come visit! :D

I have lived in Colorado before (mostly the Springs) and been to Boulder pretty often but not for several years now... I looked up Ulm & it seems pleasant! The library looks very nice & the design reminds me a fair bit of the Seattle downtown library: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library With some luck I may visit Italia & Germany in the summer of 2012 - any tips if I do?


Portland! Nice place! Have you ever heard of a show called Portlandia? ;)

Ulm is nice, there is the tallest church here. And yap the library looks a lot like the one in Seattle, which is also an awesome place to be. If you ever come visit Germany, I would probably go to Berlin, and Cologne. Cause I've never been yet. I loved Dresden last time when I was there.

If you want to stay just in the southern part, Freiburg is an awesome town to visit. If you like cars, Stuttgart will be a great city to visit too, there is the Porche museum (it is fabulous inside.) Bodensee, you have to visit there too, it's called Lake Constance in English. You should totally ride y bike around the lake, I think it takes about 1.5 to 2 days. Then somewhere in the Alps. There are tons of cute towns around. You can just get the Baden-Wüttemberg day trip tickets or Bavaria day trip ticket and stop by which ever small towns that sounds interesting to you. Like I've always wanted to check out a town called something like "Sweets", and another one called "Kissing". Or a town called "Egg" in Austria. If you want to stop by Ulm, there is this really cool festival called schwoermontag at the end of the July. It is a lot of fun to join the crowd on the water. Besides the schwoermontag, Ulm is only fun for the christmas market.

You definitely want to plan out where to eat though. Southerners really love their pork, and butter, and cheese, and sausages, and all those animal products. A friend of mine, a Southern German, got mad at me and told me that he does not like my attitude when I told him that I am switching to a plant-based diet and he is not talking to me anymore. Funny dude.

Good luck with your planning!
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby bellahsin » Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:50 pm

DB wrote:Nutritional yeast=Hefeflocken
Gluten=gluten or weizeneiweiss
I know where you can get that stuff in Vorarlberg, Austria, but not in Germany. Unless you want to order online, in which case go to http://www.veganversand.at

Anyhow, welcome aboard.


Thanks!!!

Yeah, those are the only two I was actually able to figure it out. It took me a lot of googling in the grocery store to achieve that. Do you happened to know what can I do for the earth balance butter? And... supplements? Hmmm, Is this Vorarlberg in Salzburg? Cause I definitely would not mind to take a day trip to Salzburg and get the stuff at the same time. :)

Either way, thanks again!!!
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby loveliberate » Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:23 pm

Here is a guide, in english (y espanol tambien!) and with photos, to vegan food products in Germany: http://ellwangen.blogspot.com/2011/09/v ... rmany.html

Are you familiar with HappyCow.net? They list Vegan & vegan friendly places worldwide. Germany seems to one of the countries with the most vegans & vegan products seem to be widely available. Here is the page for Ulm: http://www.happycow.net/europe/germany/ulm/

Portland is by far my favorite city yet & I've been fortunate enough to visit cities all around the US & 3 other north american countries. Have you visited here? Seattle?

Portlandia? Hmmm.... Does it have a bird on it? :lol:

What made you choose Ulm specifically? Berlin is *THE* city that I would most like to visit right now. I have heard great things about Koln & Freiburg - but what attracts you to them? And of course I also want to visit the Alps, anywhere and everywhere that I can - though Austria tends to win out if I was forced to choose one country... So far, I do not know too much about specific towns & natural areas in/near the Alps to visit though so please offer your suggestions!

Are the Baden-Wüttemberg day trip tickets or Bavaria day trip tickets you mention for the train, bus or something else?

HappyCow lists lots of places around Germany. It is very interesting to me that the South of Germany has so many cultural similarities with The South here in the usa - in terms of diet, being highly religious & socially/politically conservative... Perhaps even more interesting is that this "Southerner" trend seems to hold true in many countries! :shock:
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby bellahsin » Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:53 pm

loveliberate wrote:Here is a guide, in english (y espanol tambien!) and with photos, to vegan food products in Germany: http://ellwangen.blogspot.com/2011/09/v ... rmany.html

Are you familiar with HappyCow.net? They list Vegan & vegan friendly places worldwide. Germany seems to one of the countries with the most vegans & vegan products seem to be widely available. Here is the page for Ulm: http://www.happycow.net/europe/germany/ulm/

Portland is by far my favorite city yet & I've been fortunate enough to visit cities all around the US & 3 other north american countries. Have you visited here? Seattle?

Portlandia? Hmmm.... Does it have a bird on it? :lol:

What made you choose Ulm specifically? Berlin is *THE* city that I would most like to visit right now. I have heard great things about Koln & Freiburg - but what attracts you to them? And of course I also want to visit the Alps, anywhere and everywhere that I can - though Austria tends to win out if I was forced to choose one country... So far, I do not know too much about specific towns & natural areas in/near the Alps to visit though so please offer your suggestions!

Are the Baden-Wüttemberg day trip tickets or Bavaria day trip tickets you mention for the train, bus or something else?

HappyCow lists lots of places around Germany. It is very interesting to me that the South of Germany has so many cultural similarities with The South here in the usa - in terms of diet, being highly religious & socially/politically conservative... Perhaps even more interesting is that this "Southerner" trend seems to hold true in many countries! :shock:


I have never seen most of those products! Hmmm, maybe I should travel to some other cities to get groceries once a month or something like that. And yeah, I've heart about the HappyCow. That's how I found this only vegan/vegetarian restaurant here in Ulm. It is totally cute and cozy. Love that website, but it is not so useful for Ulm, it's like a dry spot over here. I've got a waiter tried to argue with me when I told him that I don't want cheese on my salad.

My best friend lives in Seattle, I go visit there regularly. Actually, I was just there this September and last September. :) LOVE Seattle. If I ever get to move back to States side, I want to live either around Boulder, Seattle, or Portland area. So I can put a bird on everything. :lol:

Google picked it for me. hahaha, that is only partially true. I was looking for something relates to what I studied and can lead me to what I want to do in the future plus a program in English, and apparently Ulm has it. That's how I got here.

I want to visit Koln cause seems like the people there are more open and friendly. I liked Freiburg cause it is more earthy, made me feel closer to home. Berlin, is great, but a bit too far away from the mountains, that's why it was not on my list to live. I mean I even thought Ulm is a bit far. I just really love to see the mountains right on my face, which is another reason I really liked Freiburg. It is surrounded by those cute european looking hills and mountains.

Those tickets are for train, but seems like you can take u-bahn with those them too. The Baden-Wüttemberg ticket basically means you can take the regional train from any place inside the state of Baden-Wüttemberg to any other place in BW, which is a good chunk of Germany already. Same with Bayern ticket, works for Bavaria. It can be really nice. Like for me, I can use the Bayern ticket (cause we are right next to Bavaria) take the train to anywhere in Bavaria or even all the way to Salzburg. It takes forever to get there, but it is nice and cheap, and ON TIME-ish. Ain't like the amtrack experience I've had from LA to Klamath Falls, that was a nightmare.

Well you know, lots of people in US has some German blood in them. I guess those things just passed on through out the generations. :)
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Re: Greetings from Germany

Postby DB » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:40 pm

bellahsin wrote:
Thanks!!!

Yeah, those are the only two I was actually able to figure it out. It took me a lot of googling in the grocery store to achieve that. Do you happened to know what can I do for the earth balance butter? And... supplements? Hmmm, Is this Vorarlberg in Salzburg? Cause I definitely would not mind to take a day trip to Salzburg and get the stuff at the same time. :)

Either way, thanks again!!!


No Vorarlberg is the west most state of Austria, right on the Swiss border. We also border the Bodensee. Salzburg is in Salzburg and is about 3 hours away.
We just buy whatever local margarine is vegan, so I don't know about Earth Balance. Supplements we order online cuz it's way cheaper.
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