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Studying Abroad? "I don't care, I still want my fruit!"

So, I'm planning on doing a 6 week study abroad program in Quito, Ecuador this summer. The program includes 4 days of classes a week, and weekend trips to places like the Amazon. 

Naturally, I don't want to stop eating HCRV for any reason, especially when there's tropical fruit around in a tropical climate. So, I had to email the professor about me eating exclusively fruits and vegetables. That's right. I'm not afraid to ask for what I want and neither should you. Check out what I wrote: 

Hi Professor,

So the post session looks really great and I think I really want to go. 
There's only one big question mark for me. That is I don't want to eat anything besides raw fruit and vegetables - which I've been doing for quite awhile now.  
I understand this is unusual and maybe even concerning because it's so particular, but please consider what I have to say about it. 
1. Although it is different, often it is much easier than eating foods that need to be prepared. For me, it could be as easy as getting 3 cases of organic bananas delivered to the door each week and eating 40 bananas a day plus a head of lettuce. 
2. I've looked into it - the fruit in Ecuador is supposed to be pretty great and available according to other people who eat like I do. 
3. I'm perfectly willing to spend my free time taking taxis to markets to pick up food for myself. Fruit shopping is something I enjoy immensely and immersing myself in that market environment can't be bad for my Spanish. 
4. Travel, depending on how we're doing it, can be as simple as putting a case of bananas in the trunk - and depending on where we are I imagine that buying fruit could be extremely easy and convenient. 
5. I'm not a purist by any means. I'm perfectly willing to eat a high carb low salt meal (think 3-4 pounds of white potatoes) in the case where there is no readily available ripe fruit. ...My belly may not be happy about it but I'm not going to starve myself by any means. It just has to be vegan and without gluten (i.e. bread/flour). 
6. If my food costs more than it would otherwise, I'm perfectly willing to pay the difference. 
7. I'm willing to assist with regard to my food any way I can. 
...Hopefully you found that pretty convincing. I really don't think my dietary choices have to be much of an inconvenience to anyone. I certainly don't find my diet to be restricting at all. 
Please let me know what your thoughts are, 
Ben
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Comment by ednshell on November 4, 2013 at 1:29pm

My Mom lived in Quito in the Peace Corps, she loved it!  It will be a wonderful experience!

I look forward to reading what your professor has to say!

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