I'm currently in the process of filling out my NSLI-Y application, and recently got to the "dietary restrictions" section. I'm a vegetarian for moral and environmental reasons, and am wondering whether it would be feasible to continue eating the way I do if I studied abroad. My top choice is Turkey and I know that most people there are Muslim and therefore wouldn't eat pork, which is definitely worth something. But I'm still wondering about the other types of meat, because as much as I want to travel, I can't compromise my beliefs for it by eating animals.
So, are there any vegetarians out there who want to share their story about what it was like not eating meat with a meat-eating host family? Are the host families ever vegetarian?
Or, for anyone who's traveled to Turkey with NSLI-Y, vegetarian or not: How vegetarian-friendly is the cuisine there? Would I be able to ask my family to make simple modifications to normal dishes to make them meat free?
Sorry, that's a lot of questions! Any input would be greatly appreciated :)