Friday, August 10, 2007
The InterAmerican Development Bank
On Thursday, after Shirley's class we traveled by metro downtown to the InterAmerican Development Bank, where Ms. Hiroko Miyakawa, a Public Information Officer at the Bank, had organized a full schedule for us: lunch at the IDB cafeteria (I had pupusas con queso, a Salvadoran dish I have long wanted to try--delicious, with rice, beans, and salad); a briefing which included presentations by Hiroko (in English) and two of the IDB's specialists, Mariko Russell and Ichiro Toda (in Japanese)--with a welcoming speech by the Executive Director for Japan, Mr. Tsuyoshi Takahashi; and a tour to the opulent Board Room and the IDB Cultural Center, where we saw an interesting exhibit by nine artists from Costa Rica. Afterwards, most of the group opted to stay downtown and visit a museum, and Yuka and I went back to College Park. It was a great afternoon! I missed having class with my bloggers, though.
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