On the road again, Diplomonkey drops by this really cool dairy farm in Lurin, a fair-sized town some 45 kilometers south of Lima. The place is also known for the massive pre-Colombian Pachacamac ruins on its outskirts – note to self, I need to go their with the little dudes before our tour is up next year.
Anyhow, there is nothing like a quick farm visit to cheer up Diplomonkey’s spirits. The smell of hundreds of animals, feed, and damp earth are a welcome, reinvigorating shock to the system, as much as an escape from the confines of the office and its unceasing pile of reports and briefing memoranda.
One of the great aspects of foreign service life, I think is getting away from the desk work to actually do field work. I guess that the bonus here is the possibility to see new things, as well as to interact with people. Most people I meet are more than willing to tell you something about themselves, what they do, what they think, and how things could better.
In any case, enjoy the pictures and consider a farm visit sooner than later to learn where our food actually comes from.