Sunday 16 December 2012

"Bravery never goes out of fashion."

Travelling is tricky for people with Celiacs. It can be very easy to fall into the trap of never leaving your house. Indeed, I know many Celiacs that do just that. They don’t go anywhere, they don’t travel and they eat every meal at home – intent to control everything that enters their body. From someone who has been poisoned by restaurants and hotels alike, I see the draw. However, we get this one life. Just one. And I cannot imagine a worse life than one without adventure.

I am bound and determined to NOT be frightened to leave the house, the city or the country and eat. Well, that’s not true. To be honest, I’m terrified but as I try to teach my spawn, being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t frightened, it means that you are frightened but do it anyway. Be brave people; be daring, live your life to the fullest and the world shall reward your soul. Will it reward your small intestine though? Ah, tis the question isn’t it?

You certainly can be adventurous even if you have Celiac Disease. You CAN be daring IF you prepare ahead of time. I know right? Doesn’t that take the fun out of it? It takes the fun out of it but it’s putting the safety back. And safety my intesitianly broken friends, is JUST what the Celiac ordered.    

For Christmas this year, Trev and I have decided to take the spawn to Mexico.  It was an exhaustive search to find a resort that I can stay at. It’s tough because I cannot eat off of a buffet. No matter how far the bread station is from the fruit, I assure you some complete dolt of a human being will manage to mix up the tongs. No amount of assurances will EVER make a Celiac comfortable to eat at a buffet table.

 We have chosen the all inclusive resort of DREAMS TULUM to stay at. I have contacted the food and beverage manager who has been more than happy to answer all my questions and assure me and my travel agent that they have no intentions of ruining my holiday. In fact, they have made it VERY clear that I am going to have a fabulous time and they are totally confident in the fact that I will not get sick. The food and beverage manager will meet me upon arrival to further discuss everything – sounds awesome right? Let’s hope they know what they are doing!

Side note – this was a far better response than we got from the (very expensive) private transfer company that is taking us to and from the airport. When our TA sent an e-mail confirming our arrival times and our destination etc etc, the company wrote back,

 “Greetings from Cancun! Don’t worry; I’m sure it will be fine.”

 Cracks me up.

ANYWAY….I am thrilled to go on vacation and I will not let my Celiacs stand in my way of enjoying a wonderful holiday with my family. I will be keeping you updated on here dear reader so stay posted after the holidays for my detailed review of everywhere I eat.

  I truly hope that DREAMS TULUM proves to be a paradise for Celiacs.

 Celiacs, I beg of you, don’t be afraid to leave your home and venture out in the world. As with most things in life, bravery often pays off. Find a little bit of adventure somewhere inside and you will be delighted in what you find outside your comfort zone.

Another year is passing and many good and sad things have happened in the world. Please remember that life is what you make of it. Fill your days with love and laughter and pay close attention to those you hold the dearest for they are what make the season bright.

Wishing you all a truly Merry Christmas filled with love, bravery and lots of booze.
Thank you for your constant readersip and for always laughing at my jokes,
I heart you,

PS The title of this blog post is a quote from a very brave writer, William Makepeace Thakeray. Who did not have Celiacs but as I understand it had horrible digestion problems and a horse. So he didn't let his intestinal weaknesses hinder his travels either! See what I did there? I am SO awesome.


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