“Go vegan”

veganI keep seeing this slogan around Kandalaksha, which is the last place on earth you’d expect to meet a vetetarian, let alone a vegan, and certainly no a vegan actively promoting their views. Also these days writing on the wall can get you to prison. If of course this happens to be the wrong wall or fence. See the Evgeni Vitishko story as an example.. My memory just served two episodes of vegan travellers to Kandalaksha but I’ll leave these for later. See Categories > Vegetarian or do a search.

Russian style vegetarian hamburger

vegetarian-hotdog“Vegetarian cheeseburger” and “vegetarian hot dog” have been noticed in snack bars of more sophisticated filling stations of Kandalaksha and Apatity. The difference fromt the real thing is that there is no burger in the hamburger and no weinie in the hot dog. Not a soya burger. Not an immitation something. Just nothing.

Here is an old Soviet “anekdot” on the subject:

Russian waitress to a foreign tourist, acting under instructions to create a proper impression: “What would sir like for breakfast?”
Client: “What are my options?”
Waitress: “Yes or No.”