This photo was taken in the municipality of Perote, state of Veracruz, Mexico, in early 2008. I was serving as a business advisor to twenty different businesses that formed a "Cadena Productiva", or production chain, that brought forest products to market. The business visited on this day was a tree nursery (vivero in Spanish), run by the members of an ejido, or community landholders. After spending the morning going through their facility, asking questions about their operations, and discussing their future plans, I was invited to sit down for a traditional comida. The tradition of "breaking bread" is an important part of a Volunteer´s cultural integration and manifests the PC goals relating to cultural exchange. In this photo, you can see that the men are being served by the women, which conforms to the norm. But everyone in the room actively participated in the discussions during the meal, which traditionally doesn´t include discussing work. The meal is meant to share friendship (amistad) and welcoming. The smiles on the faces of the people who I served through my work, (and whose busines grew as a result of our collaboration), and who are serving me their food and hospitality, reflect the genuine warmth an welcome I have experienced consistently throughout my service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mexico.