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Congress Logo 33rd World Vegetarian Congress
Chiang Mai, Thailand, January 4 - 10, 1999
'Vegetarianism is the Way'
an unforgettable visual, cultural and gastronomic experience

Hello out there, I really enjoyed reading all the varied and interesting biographies. What a diverse and interesting group of people you are, and everybody with a common interest...

Well, my name is Esti Skloot, and I've been a vegetarian all my life, at least as far back as I can remember. I firmly believe that human-beings who will not kill animals, will also refrain from killing other human-beings, war or no war. I was born in England, grew up in Israel and have lived in the United States for last twenty-five years. I guess I'm a kind of "Wandering Jewess". Actually, I'm now settled happily in Mill-Valley, California. My three kids are vegetarian since birth and the two older ones have chosen vegetarian mates. So, I feel I've contributed something to humanity....My partner for life, Elan, is another story. Since he has met me,however, I believe his meat consumption has been drastically reduced.

I've just finished the semester teaching Hebrew at U.C.Berkeley. One of the first words my students have learned was:"Vegetarian"(Tsimchonit"). All my students know for sure what my culinary and ethical preferences are...The exciting part of this trip is going to a region of the world which is unknown to me, taking part , for the first time, in a Vegetarian congress,and,last but not least, meeting up with my 83 year old father, Rudi Epstein. My father is travelling on his own all the way from Israel.

He has been to several International Vegetarian congresses, and is the one who informed me about the present one.

So, I'm looking forward to meeting you all. Now that a friend has lent me Fodor's travell book on Thailand, the fantasy is becoming a reality..I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Vanessa for all her hard work, sending out all the Email and making all these telephone calls. See you soon, Shalom,