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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

I would also like to tell you something about myself before you meet me in Chiang Mai. I am a peace-loving vegan from Finland. I am 19 years old. Animals and nature play a very important role in my life. I am studying environmental protection and environmental economics at the University of Helsinki. I am able to connect my trip to Thailand to my studies. I am going to write a study about veganism and environmental problems. I am going to spend two weeks in Chiang Mai from the 1st of January to 15th of January.

I always want to take new challanges in my life and this trip to Thailand will be the next one. The trip is quite expensive for a student, but I am sure that it will be an unforgettable experience and I don't want to miss it. I don't want to live a life of luxury. I want to learn new things, meet new interesting people and see new places. I want to get good results in my life and I am ready to work hard in order to achieve my aims. There are a lot of things that I can't learn by studying at the University. The life teaches me something else, something very useful and worthwhile! I am looking forward to my trip to Thailand. I will see you in January. Have a nice Christmas before the congress.

Petra Rautavuoma