Date: May 12, 2010 5:24:57 AM EDT
Subject: How I make Green Smoothies while Traveling
The Raw Family Newsletter
How to Be On Time Despite Volcanic Eruptions
Today is the 97th day of my journey and I am becoming homesick. I’ve had some fun adventures in the last few months.
The volcanic eruption in Iceland in particular created many challenges for me in the last week of my European tour. I was in Israel when the ticket clerk at the airport informed me that all flights to northern Europe were cancelled.
Apparently the volcano was spewing lava all over the place and “there was no end in sight!” Next on my schedule was an all-day workshop in Paris, France, which I didn’t want to miss, as it had been planned many months in advance. This class was supposed to start at 9 AM the following day, in only 26 hours. My destination was 2905.77 kilometers away from where I was standing. I had to get creative.
I begged the woman behind the desk to find me any ticket for any plane flying towards Europe. She opened her mouth to say no, as she had just done to hundreds of other desperate people before me, when her eyes double-took at her screen.
“I have one ticket to… Athens Greece!” she told me.
“I’ll take it!” I cried, and placed my suitcase on the scale.
When I got to Athens, the situation was even more disheartening. There were signs all over the airport reading: No flights available!! Thousands of people were sitting, laying, and standing all around, often directly under the signs warning that, “sleeping at the airport was strictly prohibited.” I walked past a weeping young woman who was trying to explain to ticket sales clerk that she needed to get on a plane because she was late to her own wedding! I approached one receptionist that seemed to be the least stressed of all and asked her for some help finding a ticket.
“I have no tickets available!” She told me sternly.
“Well, tell me then, what is your favorite color?” I asked. She looked surprised at my question.
“Yellow.” She answered hesitantly.
“Please help me fly in the direction of Paris,” I said, “and I will buy you a BIG bouquet of yellow roses!” I promised her.
“Well, I do have one cancellation for a flight to Rome.” She said smiling modestly, “But they are already boarding.”
I ran outside, hailed a cab, and we drove to the fancy hotel nearby, which had a floral shop. I am happy to say, the flowers were of outstanding quality, and although I was the last one on board, I did make the flight to Rome.
From Rome, I managed to find a single ticket for the last evening train to Milan, Italy. I arrived to Milan at midnight As I expected, all bus and train tickets were sold out two weeks in advance. I calculated the remaining distance to Paris. It was now only 641.31 kilometers, and if I found a car and drove non-stop for the next 10 hours I could still make it. However, all rental cars had been wiped out by other travelers. I began walking in the direction I needed to go, dragging my heavy suitcase behind me Just then, I saw a taxi that was not occupied. I stopped the car and asked the driver if he would take me to Paris. His eyes almost popped out of his head, and he began speaking in Italian. When he saw that I didn’t understand him, he wrote 1500 Euros on a piece of paper.
“Uno, momento.” I said, and went back to the railway station. I began asking people if they wanted to split the cab fair with me and drive to Paris. I quickly found four other travelers all heading that way.
We drove all night. For safety reasons we decided to take turns talking to our driver to keep him awake. But the driver spoke only Italian and some German. One of the passengers was a German man, who spoke a little French, and of the three French ladies, one spoke a little English. So, instead of talking, we kept singing until we sang all the songs we knew in different languages. We became friends forever. That entire drive seemed unreal. For one night our lives turned into a Hollywood movie. Our car was constantly full of laughter.
Nine hours later, as we were passing Leon, my French host, Claudine, began calling my cell phone and was excited to know that I was only 100 kilometers away.
Tired but happy, I got out of the taxi and walked onto stage only one hour late for my workshop. All 124 people had waited for me. They were so ecstatic that I made it, they greeted me with the French song, “The Rose.” It was a fantastic class. Next morning I started planning my way out of Paris. I had to be in Thailand in two days. I managed to zigzag out of Northern Europe and in a couple of days I re-united with my family in Thailand, where we held a wonderful Joy for Life retreat. I had made it there so fast, that it took my luggage a week to catch up to me!
Last week Valya and I arrived to Japan for the last leg of my lecture tour. We will return to the US in only twelve days.
Highlights From My European Tour
After reviewing the European part of my tour, I consider it to be a great success. I visited 22 countries, taught 42 lectures in 38 cities. I gave over 30 interviews. My books have been translated into many languages. Green for Life is currently translated and published in 24 countries. Here are some of the highlights from my Europeans trip.
I was flattered to see my books being sold in many German book stores.Me with my German publisher Hans (on the right) and my German translator Burkhard (on the left) at the International Exhibit “Rohvolution” in Berlin Germany.
My young German readers in Berlin
Some friends in Helsinki, Finland
Talking to 200 high school students in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Budapest, Hungary:Different wild edibles, such as chickweed, stinging nettles, and dandelions are sold at the farmers’ markets in Hungary. Here is an example of the organic ingredients I used for preparing green smoothie samples for 170 people in Budapest. The green in the front is chickweed. As the demand for edible weeds is growing the farmers are happy to supply.
Zagreb, Croatia In Zagreb, Croatia, the interest to healthy eating and particularly to the green smoothies is growing as a green tsunami.While people were still waiting in line…
The room was already packed… .
This lady is asking, “May I sit on the windowsill?”
Ljubljana (Slovenia)Ljubljana means ‘the city of beloved’ and it is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. Here I ran into the farmers market, which was exciting because it offered a wide variety of produce. Farmers sell edible weeds. I bought miner’s lettuce, baby dandelions, and organic fruit for my smoothies. I am learning to sign books in different languages.
While traveling through Europe I was especially impressed with two things. The purity of tap water, and public composting systems. In most cities of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other countries, the tap water is as pure as it can be. No chlorine, or fluoride is added. The water tastes delicious and is readily used for drinking and in food preparation.
Public Composting Bins: A step to Sustainability
I was very happy to see that in Finland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and most other European countries people regularly collect compost as a part of recycling process. I saw brown compost bins in many different locations, and even in city centers. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see this happening in the United States?
How I make Green Smoothies while Traveling
After my previous newsletter my readers have requested a more detailed description of how I make smoothies while I travel. I use a Tribest Blender. These personal blenders can be ordered both for 110 volt electricity (for USA) or for 200 volt (for Europe or Australia) I find Tribest Blenders very simple to use. They are compact and light. Here are the photos illustrating my smoothie making process in my hotel room in Paris.
You can find out more information about Tribest Blenders by visiting thier website at: http://www.tribestlife.com/productcart/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=3
With Green Love, Victoria
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