My name is Pooja. Welcome to Vegetarian Wanderer! I’m a person who has traveled my whole life, since I was in the womb as my mom likes to point out! I last created a blog during my two years of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, and close to a year spent backpacking South America. You can read all about those adventures at ¡Jahakatu a Paraguay!
Let’s return to the present with Vegetarian Wanderer. I decided to create this blog after recently quitting my job in the nonprofit sector and deciding to pursue my passions of food, culture, yoga, and fitness. I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshires, Massachusetts before embarking on an indefinite trip around Southeast Asia.
Here is a little bit more about the title of the blog. I have been vegetarian for 15 years. Recently I decided to become pescatarian, but I continue to identify as a subset of vegetarian. Over the past 15 years, I’ve had numerous people, Americans and locals of the countries I’ve traveled in, tell me that traveling the world as a vegetarian is impossible. The goal of this blog is to show that is far from the truth, and all it takes is a little research, creativity, and patience to be a vegetarian traveler.
Throughout my trip, I’ll be posting my observations of life in different parts of the world, sharing my insights on diverse cultures and communities, reviewing restaurants with vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian food options, interviewing local chefs and restaurateurs, writing about my meetings with yoga and fitness lovers, and detailing my adventures.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I like creating content for the site.
The Vegetarian Wanderer