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Jan 29, 2021

Travel Gluten Free Podcast

Episode 121

with The Spanish Nomad Patricia 


Today, my guest is a gluten-intolerant world traveler who is a US resident living in Mongolia. She moved there almost three years ago when her husband’s job took them to live in this unpopulated country on the other side of the globe.”We didn’t even know where Mongolia was except that it was somewhere in Asia!” Not knowing anything about Mongolia, Patricia and her husband found this an opportunity for a new cultural experience.


The 411 on Mongolia


The capital city of U is massive, with massive skyscrapers and tall buildings. "It is a contrasting city as it has very old Soviet buildings. It also has in yurts, which are the traditional housing for nomadic people, in the outskirts of the town," Patricia says you can stand in the modern skyscrapers and look down upon the valley dotted with yurts. "You can see the very rural with the ultra-modern, with the Soviet mixed."


If you want to travel to Mongolia, you will need to bring your own food. There aren't many places that are gluten-free friendly or knowledgeable about gluten-free. Soups, bread, and several staples of Mongolian food culture contain gluten. Many servers do not understand what foods contain gluten unless it's a western restaurant in Mongolia. 


What to Do When You’re in Mongolia


"Mongolia is a vast place, and there's so much to see," Patricia recommends top destinations such as the Gobi Desert, to the west of Mongolia, you can see and visit lakes. There are other lakes to visit in the north and see the Khovsgol Festival of Ice while in the northern region for a frozen lake festival.


The Altai Mountains in the northwest have a different ethnic group: the Kazakhs, located in Kazakhstan, just west of Mongolia. Here, they celebrate the Golden Eagle Festival. It is a festival to demonstrate the Kazakhs' culture to the world and promote their heritage to their next generations. 


Patricia’s Global Travel Adventures


Living in Mongolia has its positive aspects, such as being geographically close to many eastern European and Asian countries. She has visited over a half dozen countries in the past three years including Japan, Nepal and Spain.


The Guide to Traveling Gluten Free

Are you anxious about traveling with Celiacs Disease? Does the thought of getting sick on vacation worry you to no end? Unsure of what travel options are safe and how to choose a safe restaurant away from home for you and your children?

The Guide to Traveling Gluten Free will walk you through the process of planning and enjoying your next gluten-free travel adventure! Take the guesswork out of how to travel, where to go, and how to eat safely when you follow the information in my guide. Whether you are celiacs or gluten intolerant, my guide will give you handy information to delight in your next vacation experience!

Learn how to take a trip safely, what questions to ask when you are at a restaurant and which online tools and apps to utilize to find safe, dedicated gluten-free restaurants and food options. Find out what stores to shop at to purchase gluten-free food, determine if a restaurant is gluten-free or celiac friendly, and when you should walk out of a restaurant. 

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