Do you ever wake up starving, wondering about breakfast - what you'll be served, and where you'll find it?

Breakfast is usually my biggest meal, not because I like it better than the others but when I'm on the road, I fill up on it: I can never be sure where I'll find my next meal.

This got me wondering about how the rest of the world starts its day, foodwise, so I checked with my own friends. Is this how YOU start your day?

Women on the Road NEWS: Contents for Issue #29

How my Friends Celebrate Breakfasts Around the World

Mohingya soup. (Fish soup, in case you were wondering.) -- Eamonn

Cappuccino e cornetto! -- Mariangela

Ethiopia and Vietnam
Dabo and buna - bread and coffee. In Vietnam, which is my culinary heritage, a bowl of hot, steaming pho soup and a coffee with condensed milk. -- Laura

Tea wa m'kaka ndi mbatata kapena chinangwa (milk tea with boiled sweet potato or cassava). -- Bhatupe

A typical Polish breakfast is often open faced sandwiches (on fantastic peasant wheat/rye bread) with sweet and savory toppings like cheese, ham, jams, cucumbers, tomatoes, pickles, etc. Usually coffee or tea to drink. Sometimes yogurt or sweet, smooth cottage cheese. -- Poorna, whose husband is Polish

A selection of dishes that you share, including labaneh (yogurt spread), hummous with olive oil, olives, flat bread, zatar (thyme dip) and maybe eggs and/or falafel. There would be an assortment of fresh vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. You would drink tea with mint and lots of sugar. Sahtain! -- Laila

Porridge!!! With raisins! -- Nina and Marianne

To my disappointment, a typical breakfast in Argentina is a cup of coffee with milk (café con leche), a few croissants (medialunas), and a shot glass of carbonated water. Not exactly gut-busting, or even filling. -- Kimberly from Go Green Travel Green

In Minas Gerais and Goiás, where I come from, in central Brazil, we typically start with fruits (papaya, oranges, bananas, etc.), a fruit juice, um cafezinho (coffee), and um pão-de-queijo or two. Pão-de-queijo literally means 'cheese-bread': a loaf of round-shaped bread (a bit bigger than a ping-pong ball) made with grated cheese, eggs, butter and manioc flour. Manioc flour - an indigenous staple - replaced European wheat flour in the tropics, where wheat does not grow. -- Leo

Foul and taameya with fresh onion and possibly cheese. No tea or coffee - it may wake you up, when the whole idea is to put yourself in dozing mode from morning until the actual nap time. -- Yasmine

In South India, breakfast is dosas or idlis with chutney and potatoes. Up North, probably an aloo paratha. Although these days many Indians have gone Western and eat cereal and things... -- Suroor

Lots of grease but moving towards the healthier Irish grill option. Sausages, rasher, black and white pudding, egg (fried or scambled) and lots of buttery toast. Also a favourite is porridge but above all the one thing that is not changing is the good old Cup of Tea. It goes with all things breakfast in Ireland. -- Una

Hummus with olives and some olive oil; on Friday morning, foul medames (fava beans) purchased from sellers who serve it from big vats, in the streets; thin pita; usually tea. -- Jo-Anne

Different rolls or bread (preferably with some grains inside and/or on top), cheese, coldcuts, and/or jam, nutella, honey, and/or muesli, possibly a boiled egg, and/or kaffeestueckchen (viennoiserie/couques), and/or... oh and coffee. -- Karin

Australian Outback
Eggs, bacon, tomato on toast, or steak and eggs on toast, or baked beans on toast, or spaghetti on toast (the nasty canned kind). Some cheap greasy stuff on toasted white bread with margarine more likely than real butter. And instant coffee. Vegemite on toast is another one, and so is quick oats porridge. -- Birgit

Portugese people are very simple. Bread and butter with jam and coffee with milk, daily. Week-ends people eat more, cheese and ham and toasts. -- Manuel

The usual breakfast - and you can get this anywhere - is eggs, bread, cheese, coffee, juice. -- Sandra

Beans, rice, egg and bread. And don't forget huevos rancheros - fried eggs on a corn tortilla with hot tomato salsa!-- Britt

Honey! Lots of it! Over wonderful Turkish bread. Or borek - light, fluffy pastry stuffed with herbed cheese. Turks love to eat, so it could also be a bigger breakfast, with bread, eggs, olives, cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, yoghurt, butter - and of course, honey. To drink - Turkish coffee of course, though some people prefer Turkish tea, oh so sweet. -- Ayse

Ugandans eat either bread and tea/coffee and others a local porridge. This all depends on the income. -- Anne

The typical Russian breakfast is very simple. Straight vodka :-). Otherwise it is impossible to digest the life in the former Soviet Union. Ok. Usually it is a cup of very sweet tea (3 teaspoons of sugar) and bread with a large piece of ham. -- Alena

And finally... from me, in France
Of course it's a 'tartine' - sliced baguette - with jam (and sometimes butter), dipped into a huge bowl of café au lait... Then there's always a croissant or two, or for the really hungry, a pain au chocolat - basically a square croissant stuffed with chocolate. Top that!

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Cause of the Month

Homophobia, Alive and Well?

Around the world, tolerance and diversity have been taking a beating.

Recently Uganda threatened to jail anyone taking part in homosexual activity - in other words, if you're gay, you'll go to jail, possibly for life, this despite an outcry around the world. Malawi's police are actively hunting down people they think might be gay, and Zimbabwe's President Mugabe once called homosexuality 'un-African'. Across Europe, spikes of discrimination are casting a shadow over the continent's once exemplary tolerance. Worldwide, hate groups are becoming more active, in person and online.

But the voice of reason may prevail. Everywhere people are speaking out. People who are gay, of course, but also people who are not.

  • South Africa's constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the first one to do so.
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has spoken firmly against homophobia.
  • In Canada, Spain, Belgium and several other countries, same-sex couples have the same rights as everyone else to marry.
  • The UK, Sweden and Norway have made development assistance conditional on supporting human rights, threatening to withhold it - from Uganda and elsewhere - in the face of discrimination against homosexuals.
  • Across conservative Africa, human rights groups are making themselves heard, as is the continent's largest trade union, COSATU.
  • In Scotland, educational authorities have decided that every high school will receive a powerful anti-homophobia DVD.
  • In the European Parliament, politicians are pushing back discriminatory laws.
  • Daniel Radcliffe, better known for his role as Harry Potter, has spoken out publicly and is taking action.
  • In the US, the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy in the armed forces is being watered down, and television stars are taking part in public service announcements against homophobia.
  • Just 24 hours after Britain made history by holding Parliament’s first same-sex marriage in late March 2010, the Household Cavalry – one of the oldest and most distinguished regiments in the British Army – celebrated its first gay wedding.

Sometimes, people can go to almost ridiculous extremes to stay away from homosexuals. Constance McMillen, a lesbian student in Fulton, Mississippi, wanted to attend her high school’s senior prom with a female date. After a federal court ruled in her favor, the school board cancelled the prom so McMillen could not attend. According to The Guardian, this was replaced by a privately organized prom, open to all students. This story was then contradicted by gay blogs in Mississippi who claim school authorities pulled a fast one, organizing the 'real' prom elsewhere behind Constance's back... If this weren't so sad, it would be funny.

To help the fight against homophobia or to find out more:

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