Visiting Marcelo Sanchez Canale

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 * The Trip *

* Aerial Fascinations *

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Buenos Aires *

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* Montevideo *

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* Punta Del Diablo *

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* Marcelo's Family & Durazno

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Whitefield Days

In July of 1979 our family was increased by one when Marcelo Sanchez Canale arrived from the small town of Duranzo in central Uruguay. The year before we had made the decision to apply to host an exchange student in the popular AFS program with its able advisor Richard Dodge at Wiscasset High School where I taught, and our offspring, David and Lisa were students.

  Over the years this organization had provided positive experiences in international exchanges for many of the communities, families and schools of this country. This was an wonderfully important decision for us! One that would affect our future.

In Marcelo's culture the children have the fathers last name as their middle and their mothers last name as their last - Marcelo's father is Honeín Sánchez and his mother is María del Carmen Canale. Both are civic leaders and dentists in their home town of Duranzo (peach in Spanish).

This bright, sensitive, red haired young man who came to Whitefield and Wiscasset High School enriched our family and our community.

 Today we are making our 2nd trip to South America to visit Marcelo, his wonderful wife Bettina (Mello) and their two boys, Emiliano (Emiliano Sánchez Mello) age 9 and Ignacio (Ignacio Sánchez Mello) age 7- both of whom we will meet for the first time !

We are beside ourselves in excitement !

 Marcelo is a physician and Bettina works with Unilever in Montevideo the capitol city where they live .

Marcelo and Bettina had visited us in Maine about 10 years ago. We camped on Whaleboat island in Casco bay and they visited many friends from Manhattan to Whitefield during their visit. It was an exciting summertime adventure!

Included in our visit for this month of February (summer in the southern hemisphere) is a holiday vacation at a beach house in the small fishing village of Punta Del Diablo on Uruguay's NE coast, close to the border with Brazil. 

After that, we will make a trip inland to Marcelo's home town to once again spend some time with Marcelo's  warm and engaging parents, Honeín and María del Carmen in Durazno.