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#1 Melissa Palomo

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:25 PM

The best part? When the food was good, it was very very good.
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...and when it was bad, it was horrid. Ok it didn't *taste* bad - but I did get the wrong meal delivered to me and ate it. Good thing I'd already preemptively took some pepto bismol that day (ah, love gluten-free traveling) and didn't get as sick as bad as I could have.
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And I had forgotten all about these bad boys. Yup, those are fun with Celiac disease.
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GoPicnic meals were also found in my luggage in abundance and I tried to replace one meal/day with one. It was easy and they aren't too shabby for an adult lunchable. ;)

But see, it wasn't all bad!
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But the Celiac Travel cards were a life saver. Yay for those! Find them in many languages for download here: http://www.celiactravel.com/cards/
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:20 PM

Ok, I have to ask. What is the little measuring cup for? Do I want to know?

And YAY for you!!! I have taken a few trips to Europe, but haven't ventured to Asia just yet. I'm working up to it. I'm freaked to go anywhere where I REALLY don't speak the language. Before we went to Italy last year I made sure I had the phrase "My sons and I have celiac disease. Do you have any gluten free foods?" down pat.
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#3 AVR1962

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:54 PM

Wonderful! The squat toilets still exist in Italy as well. Lived there for 2 years and even some of the nice restaurants had squat toilets.

Glad you had a god time. One place that's on my list to visit!!
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#4 Melissa Palomo

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:33 PM

Ok, I have to ask. What is the little measuring cup for? Do I want to know?

And YAY for you!!! I have taken a few trips to Europe, but haven't ventured to Asia just yet. I'm working up to it. I'm freaked to go anywhere where I REALLY don't speak the language. Before we went to Italy last year I made sure I had the phrase "My sons and I have celiac disease. Do you have any gluten free foods?" down pat.

It's to manually flush the potty. :P The tank on the side is full of water. Squatty potties and I have a long history - we don't get along. haha. It was definitely an experience!!
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#5 Melissa Palomo

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:38 PM

Wonderful! The squat toilets still exist in Italy as well. Lived there for 2 years and even some of the nice restaurants had squat toilets.

Glad you had a god time. One place that's on my list to visit!!


I think they exist everywhere but the US - ha! I don't understand the foreign squatty potty love. :unsure: But yes, it's amazing - go if you get the chance!!
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:11 PM

I'd be afraid I'd just fall in! And at my age, I'd probably not be able to get back up!!! Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
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#7 love2travel

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:34 PM

Speaking of squat toilets, that is one of the nicer ones I have seen. One I saw literally was a pipe coming out of the floor. That's it. :o
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#8 Melissa Palomo

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:54 PM

I'd be afraid I'd just fall in! And at my age, I'd probably not be able to get back up!!! Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

haha! I looked for the handicapped stall but it was taken so I just went for it. I can imagine my thighs might get mighty tired (or toned!?) if I had to use them on a regular basis. ;)
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:56 PM

Speaking of squat toilets, that is one of the nicer ones I have seen. One I saw literally was a pipe coming out of the floor. That's it. :o


When I went on a train ride (11 years ago - yeesh!) from Hong Kong to Beijing the train had squatty potties - that were just holes from the floor to the tracks. I wore flip flops in, and only came out with one. I lifted my foot up and my flip flop fell right off... and on to the tracks. ha! I went in with tied shoes next time. :P
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:46 AM

I think they exist everywhere but the US - ha! I don't understand the foreign squatty potty love. :unsure: But yes, it's amazing - go if you get the chance!!

No, not everywhere. And in Thailand they are disappearing too. In the city a butt-spray replaces the scoop-cup.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:17 AM

Melissa,
I admire your fearlessness while traveling. :)
Nice tats, too.

I only went 1500 miles away from home for the first time since recovering
from years of being ill with Un-Dxed celiac disease and I found it just a little intimidating. And I stayed within the US and had access to non-squatty potties. :lol:

I got hit despite my best efforts, but you know what I learned?
we should travel anyway. Life is for living. Not being paranoid.
I had a blast seeing good friends and eating up a storm.

So the GoPicnics aren't too bad? my friend has those in her gluten-free bakery/store and I have wondered about them.
Good for you enjoying life, kiddo!
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