Friday, March 23, 2012

Gluten Free on the Overnight Train: Paris to Barcelona

When we travelled from Paris, France to Barcelona, Spain with our students, we took a high speed overnight train.  Far from traveling first class on the train, we travelled tourist class.  Our train compartments consisted of four fold down beds; two on top and two on bottom.  Once the beds were folded down, there wasn't much room for moving around, particularly with suitcases involved. The train had a small restaurant compartment, but as we were traveling overnight (8pm-8am), I didn't make it to the restaurant. 

First thing in the morning, we were brought little breakfast boxes that contained a huge croissant, a doughnut, and a juice box.  Basically a gluten filled bomb landed on my lap! 

But fear not, my gluten-free friends!  While skimming the Services Guide provided in the compartment, I came across a small section on special meals.  If ordered 72 hours in advance, a gluten free breakfast will be provided (although only for tickets purchase in Spain- I don't know why).  It doesn't state what that breakfast would include, but it's nice to know that the option is available. 

It's great to see that maintaining a gluten free diet even while on the road away from home is becoming easier and easier to accomplish.

 Happy travels!

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