Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
This afternoon we visited with the IICA - Pan American Institute of Cooperation for Agriculture. The IICA is truly an amazing organzation that foster collaboration with multiple nations (34 including the US) to promote agriculture in the Americas. They are working on a tremendous number of exciting and important programs with defining sustainability, innovation, technology, plant safety and security and trade policy. They are looking to better the future, perception and awarenss for agriculture. The office in Uruguay offers training and collaboration for farmers. They see tremendous development potential in Uruguay. Their concerns focus around bringing new farmers into agriculture as their farming population is aging and the next generation does not stay in the rural areas because of a shortage of infastructure and social aspects. We received very important prospectives from the 4 leaders we met with at IICA (all of whom have moved to Uruguay from Brazil or Argentina (one via Washington DC as the Agricultural Attache for 15 years). This is an organization that we should all learn more about!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
We spent a wonderful afternoon with our translator Marie Claire. She is a bright young woman studying veterinary medicine and preparing for her own fellowship next Wednesday to University of North Carolina. Her family raises horses and sheep further North where they go on the weekends. During the week, her uncle and grandmother watch their farm. I was very excited to talk with her about the sheep since my days long ago raising sheep.
Marie Claire, Chuck and I set out to the city center, toured a museum recommended by her father and learned a bit more about local Uruguayan culture. The city was once surrounded by a stone wall to protect it. The stone doorway still remains. (photographs later) We toured the principal theater and main square with a large statue in honor of Jose Artigas who was a champion for freedom and independence of Uruguay. We settled into a cafe for afternoon tea and a locally made sweet which Marie Claire offered to share her grandmother's recipe for! You all know I love to bake ....but don't know if I can pull this off.
Tonight we will head out in search of Chivitos. A chivito is a sandwich style national dish in Uruguay consisting of sliced filet, mayo, olives, tomatos, maybe bacon, fried eggs, peppers, beets. Once Marie Claire explained what these were to Chuck....I knew this would be dinner.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
We walked to a local and very poplular restaurant for dinner this evening. We did our small part to support local agriculture by drinking a beautifully crafted Uruguayan Cabernet.......there has to be some humor :) And, since I hear there will be no frost for the cranberries in MA tonight. It is off to bed!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I could not have it made it this far without all the support and help of my husband Chuck, parents, the girls, grandparents, friends, the wonderful team at Ocean Spray, (Bailey, Ziggy and Connor), everyone that is help running our businesses while we are away and so many others. I will miss you all! Please be patient with me with this blog as it is my first try at it. I will work to keep the site updated with our travels and some interesting information! Off to packing!!!