Welcome to Gluten Free Adventures: a gluten free traveling blog!
Please, let me use this first post to introduce myself and also to explain why I created Gluten Free Adventures!
Let’s start then! My name is Santi (short form of Santiago), and I currently live in Barcelona. After years and years of looking at the wrong direction, finally a Doctor of my town hospital diagnosed me with celiac disease around 2001… I say “finally” because before being diagnosed I used to feel really really bad… indeed! Apart, I am lactose intolerant – not really hard though -, fish allergy literally kills me and also some fruits (kiwi, melon, watermelon and banana). When I was a kid, I also had an allergic reaction to penicillin but they tested again few weeks ago and it was negative, so I may have allergy to something else… so yeah, leaving plants and pollen apart, these are more or less all my issues with food… so what?
When I explain all this to people, most of them think I should live in an aseptic room… and I sadly recognize that other people with similar food disorders are scared of going out and traveling… so that’s the point!
Because I love gluten free travel and eating gluten free, I created Gluten Free Adventures as a platform to support my chats/talks/conferences to celiac and allergy associations, and also to encourage people with food disorders going out to travel, eat out of home and break barriers because… I am sorry but, unfortunately, if we do not go out, the efforts of associations, labeling laws and foodservice laws will never work… it is also our duty to help them increasing the awareness of the different food disorders!
Since I was 8, I have been traveling and living in different countries… and I can tell you that – beyond the risks I sometimes took – in more than 20 years traveling around, I can count with a single hand the times I was poisoned… so not that bad!
But come on! Though celiac disease awareness is still very small, along the last years our situation really improved! Nowadays supermarkets have a dedicated areas full of gluten free products or dietary products; some restaurants offer safe gluten free meals; labeling laws make companies highlight allergens in their ingredients list; some famous people and other lifestylers eat gluten free even though they do not have gluten intolerance (in another post we will discuss if this is good or bad), big corporations launch ads showing their sensitivity with celiac people, or even in films like “Iron Man 3” where Tony Stark eats a gluten free crêpe for breakfast… we cannot complain!
In the next posts, you will read funny adventures, anecdotes and also some bad experiences during my trips around the world, and I encourage you to comment with your opinion and own anecdotes!
BY CLICKING ON THE GLUTEN FREE RESTAURANTS MAP YOU WILL SEE ALL THE RESTAURANTS WE TALKED ABOUT LOCATED IN THE MAP:
P.S.: Please keep in mind that in this blog I share my trips, anecdotes and experiences about gluten free travel around the world. It is possible that, in any of my trips, I go to some restaurant not trained by the associations where the risk of being contaminated with gluten exists.
I kindly ask you to also take into account that the list of references can change. Please, always double check before eating in the restaurants we recommend.
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