Being a vegetarian has its advantages and disadvantages. Apart from the usual, one advantage I saw was during my stay in Australia. In most restaurants my choices were limited so while my friends were trying to understand what dishes are served, I was ready to pace my order. I faced the disadvantage as well in Melbourne when I was visiting a Thai friend's home with other friends from our class. His mom had cooked great Thai food for us but unfortunately there was nothing veg. She was surprised beyond belief that I was not only a vegetarian but a vegetarian who doesn't even eat chicken, fish and eggs. It was very kind of her to cook rice vermicelli with some veggies or I would be sitting there sipping water and eating chips.