After an extremely busy month traveling in July, August and September were spent close to my desk in here in Brooklyn, NY.
TBH, I was happy to spend the time not traveling, as I was exhausted. By my count I made eighteen separate flight segments including five overnight trips in July. That’s a lot of flight segments and a lot of overnight flights.
And I had just recovered from my first bout of COVID before heading to Brazil for Chocolat Xingu (connecting through Panama City, Manaus, and Belem on the way to Altamira!) so I was tired even before I left.
The last live stream was exactly one month ago (October 4th).
In that live stream I previewed where I would be going in the month of October. Destinations included:
- Puerto Quito in the province of Pichincha, Ecuador – where I would be particpating in the first chocolate festival for the municipio of Puerto Quito.
- Guayaquil in the province of Guayas, Ecuador – where I had a series of business meetings with cocoa growers, chocolate makers, the national cacao producers association, and more
- Porto & Lisbon in Portugal – where I would participate in the first Chocolat Portugal, co-produced by the firm who produces the festivals I have been attending in Brazil followed by a day of relaxation in Lisbon
- Venice, Italy – where I would be attending a global new product announcement by Barry Callebaut.
I was back in NYC for less than 36-hours between returning from Ecuador and heading off to Porto. Both the return from Guayaquil to New York (via Bogotá) and the trip to Porto (via Paris) involved overnight travel so it’s fair to say I was pretty exhausted on top of jet lag when I arrived in Porto.
The sacrifices we make for chocolate.
This live stream will be a recounting of my travels, sharing photos I took along the way.
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