Road Trip: Parma Etica Festival

The Daughter and I are one week into #Veganadan, and we're taking a road trip to Parma for the Parma Etica Festival with our vegan guides, Chris and Eve. The Daughter has gone all Taylor Swift on us because we'll be meeting the Italian distributor for The Fry Family Food Co. Finally, she'll get her hands on her favourite vegan sausages.

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Veganadan

In run up to Ramadan the Daughter laid plans to support her friends and join the fast. However, when she discovered her mates in Dubai have fewer daylight hours than ourselves, she decided to rethink her plan. Anyway, sunrise aside, getting her out of bed before nine requires nothing short of an act of God. So, we did some research and found that the essence of Ramadan is about practising self-restraint and self-reflection. And while neither of us thought ourselves capable of fasting 17 hours a day, we decided we could, at least, practise self-restraint and stop murdering animals.

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Riminifornication Time

Summer has reached the shores of Rimini and with it the vicious zanzare–mosquitos. I'm not sure what's worse, their bloodthirsty fangs or the citronella cocktail I keep rubbing in my eyes while I sleep. Fortunately, the mercury is rising, and I've managed to secure a jet powered fan. No way they'll be able to land in a grade five hurricane I thought. But I was wrong, the evil bastards are still sucking me dry in my sleep. Then I noticed this woman and figured I'd follow her lead and spend two hours a day turning my skin into a tanned leather hide...

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