Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Viva Italia!

Need I say more?! Italy has most definitely risen to the top of my favorite countries list! It was MAGNIFICENT! I now know why Aaron, Evans, Baggett, Gab and everyone else who has ever been to Italy is in love with the place. The sites, the food, the wine, the art, the shopping, the dramatic people…..

Even though I was there for work, I still got to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Rome and Florence and a little site-seeing, too.

I took 1459 photos while in Italy (yes, I went a little crazy). I need to cull through them, but thought I would post a few since I am horrible at uploading and sharing photos!



As I’ve said before, Aaron and I are so fortunate to have the most amazing friends! Each year we have a “Final Run” (name of the guys’ listserv) reunion, and this year was no exception. For the past several years, we’ve met up on 7.7.07, 8.8.08, 9.9.09 and, yep, you guessed it on 10.10.10 for this year.

We all met in Austin this year for ACL on Friday (lots of Phish fans in this group) and then headed out to Lake Travis. It was an absolute blast and so much fun to meet some of the newcomers (including the Final Run babies!). We did nothing but eat, drink, play music (well, not me, but I did take my new African drum), relax, hang out and be outside. It was perfect!

I’m working on uploading photos to snapfish and will share when they’re ready.

I miss everyone already and am looking forward to 11.11.11 (Arkansas?!)!

Return to Indonesia (#15!)

For those of you who know me, you know that I LOVE Indonesia…it holds a very special place in my heart for a number of reasons. So, when I have the opportunity to travel back for work (too expensive to go otherwise), I am in heaven! In early October Ambassador Bost, Dr. Price, Joey and I traveled back to Jakarta for the Indonesia-USA Partnership: Agricultural Technology and Investment Forum that we helped to coordinate. The Forum was a great success and a fantastic opportunity to discuss ways that we can partner with Indonesia Institutions.

Here are a couple of pictures from my visit to Bogor (thanks Pur, Nuri and Lilis for the hospitality!).