In 2010, when the Bread Exchange was fairly fresh, I traded one of my bread with a girl from Venezuela, Melina, who was studying in Berlin and working for the Salto line from the German publishing house Wagenbach. Melina traded with me a homemade Dulce de Leche and I remember that I served it on a brunch on my Sunny balcony (images below). It was my first Dulce de Leche but since then I have cooked it many times myself.
Melina was the girl who pitched the Bread Exchange project to a journalist at WELT, Nina Trentmann, who made an article that really helped push the project further.
Melina is now back in Caracas since 2,5 years already. The other day I received a mail from her where she is giving her friends around the world her picture of what is going on in her country right now. It is not a pretty sight and I decided that it is important to share it. Melina has been part of making this project what it is and please take the time to read her mail here.