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Gluten Free In Ukraine And General Travel Advice!

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Hello all!

So, I am first thing tomorrow morning to visit a good friend in Kyiv!

I am just a little concerned about gluten free provisions there - can anybody give any advice?

I have googled 'gluten free Ukraine' and a site called Celiac Ukraine has come up, however, the English pages aren't up and running yet. I did notice, however, that the last update/posting to the site was only 29 October, so I'm taking this to mean that, relatively, the country might have some things available for me?

My friend is really good about knowing what I can/can't eat, and always makes allowances/gets suitable food in (I'm also lactose intolerant, and I think having to share a hotel room and bathroom with me in Lille following me eating some cheese was enough for her to watch what I eat for life!) :)

Also, if you can give any tips on generally how I should prepare for the trip, much appreciated! What kind of foods do you take with you when you travel? I'm UK based and taking hand luggage only, so all within EU shouldn't throw up too many problems!

Many thanks in advance!

Lauren

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You might have to just stick to fruits, veggies, and plain meat, rice, etc. Bring lots of Lara Bars or whatever kind you like. I think you'll be fine, take one of those gluten-free dining cards that you can print off in different languages and make sure that wherever you are staying has a kitchen.

Also, please let me know how it goes, I was denied an opportunity to do Anthropological field work in Ukraine and Poland because of my food restrictions, I'd be interested in hearing how it was over there!

Good luck!

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Hi,

I visited Lviv only, (western Ukraine), close to Polish-Ukrainian boarder, however I suppose there is no bigger awareness about celiac/gluten in Kiev.

That's mean unnoticed from my point of view. No special shops, no knowledge at all.

I was using my card printed in Ukrainian language (attached below) and it helped in restaurants.

Actually... when I showed it, almost all crew was helpful. They were fantastic trying to help me. IMO, they felt flattered that I printed my request in their language. Several waiters and cook took part in heated debate. Excellent brainstorm. Great dish. Just felt as an alien in their eyes. :)

UKRAINIAN CARD:

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