There are many rewarding feelings in this job of meeting people from all over the world interested in the Latin culture and the Spanish speaking. Undoubtedly one of the sweetest side of having North American friends/students (Canada and USA) is the souvenirs. Thanks to John and Anne Marie from Michigan, Sandra and Barry from Toronto and Niki from Ottawa I discovered one of the sweet secrets of nature: Maple tree xylem sap or Maple syrup.
Widely spread across the world, the pancake or waffle syrup or other kinds of artificially flavoured syrups don’t come closer in flavour, content or texture to real maple syrup.
So now I’m enjoying my uruguayan “mate” mornings with a touch of 100% pure maple syrup from the late winter of the maple forests of North America. That is what cultural exchange truly means!