Joseph, our tour guide, picked us up from the airport, and accompanied us on the hour long bus ride to the center of Kuala Lumpur. Along the way we talked about the Malaysia culture, agriculture, political system, and demographics. We arrived at our hotel with some time to spare before our first cultural experience for the program. Some decided to lounge by the pool, and others decided to relax in their air conditioned rooms. For dinner, we walked across the street to Saloma restaurant, where we indulged in various styles of Malaysian cuisine. We were joined by Adel Yusupov, the Southeast Asia Regional Director from the U.S. Grains Council. Once we were done with dinner, the restaurant also presented several cultural dances. Some members of the team had the opportunity to show off their ability to “get jiggy with it” Malaysian style. Even after a long day of traveling, we had a great cultural experience and are ready to learn more about Malaysian agriculture; that is after a good night’s rest.
Tomorrow, we are looking forward to talking more with Adel about the U.S. Grains Council and their work in Malaysia, visiting with the Foreign Agriculture Service, and getting to visit some various farms/plantations in the area.
Wil Baxley – North Carolina State University