Cucuta Day 3

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
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Trip End May 20, 2010


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Friday, April 23, 2010

Today is day 3 in Cucuta and it was very hot again today about 40c today.  After Todd and I went for some vocational tours while the girls took the morning off for rest.  Hmm...   they have a pool where they are staying?  We started today going to a coffee roasting business.  It was just a small business in Cucuta that only sells its roasted and ground coffee in Cucuta.  The aroma was great as soon as you pulled up to the curb you could smell the beans.  You can see the pictures.

Next we traveled to one of Cucutas suburbs to visit a brick and tile factory.  The area all around Cucuta is very rich in red clay soil so this factory supplies these building materials at a very inexpensive cost.  The making of the clay bricks and tiles has not changed much for many years.  Their is still much manual labor involved in moving the bricks and tiles around and its all done mostly by hand.  Very hard in the sweltering heat!  After extrusion of the product is is plased into a drying chamber where it stays for 80 hours to dry.  Once it is dry it is moves to a staging area to cool to ambiant temperature, then it is loaded into the coal fired kiln by hand.  One good thing is that the factory is converting all of their 8 kilns into gas fired instead of coal to improve the air quality and be more environmentaly friendly.

After the factory tour we went to one of the Rotary members resturaunts for lunch.  We had a typical meal with respect to Cucuta.  Cabras con yucca y arroz... stewed goat with yucca and rice!  Very good!!  Gave a shortened presentation to this Rotary club after lunch too.

Next we went for a tour of a local hospital that the rotary club is helping out with the childrens burn unit there by providing air conditioning in the childrens unit.  The hospital looked and had equipment that was very old... circa 1960's.  Having a bad burn is bad enough, I cant imagine how miserable those kids are with no air conditioning.

Nest we had a tour of a governmental environmental department called CORPONOR.  This is and agency like DCNR.  They do projects to protect and improve the environment.  We met with the director and were informed all about how the agency works. 

All for now... have another meeting to get ready for.
Ciao
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Comments

Keystone Mike on

Hey Jamie: Great pics! Wish I were there, well except for the stewed goat...

Brent on

I got excited over the pictures and then read the post....I won't make that mistake again. Great job narrating the photos. This is inspiring!

nan and jack on

wow! sounds like a wonderful and interesting experience. All is well here,take care and enjoy.

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