Well, I arrived here in Brazil two weeks ago and only now getting around to blogging. (There have been some hiccups getting online, plus I only recently ridded myself of an unwanted Brazilian virus.) fast 1.45 AM impressions? Brazil is very much like America in one important respect: the two countries I now recently have grown to know both support vibrant middle-class and intelluctual academic populations which make the social dynamic comparable. In other words, what I see at Brown or the USDA-NRCS echoes what I see in Curitiba on collaborative, working relationships on some environmental problem.