I have been missing from home for the last week. Last weekend I was in Lima, Peru. I was amazed at the boom there despite the fall in commodity prices. I then took "the red eye" to Sao Paulo where I spent some time with my daughter and her boy friend. Now I am in Rio reliving some of the happiest times in my life. Sadly the security situation is not good and one has to be careful of robbers. Tomorrow I fly to Buenos Aires to conduct business and have a birthday celebration with Elena's family and friend.