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Published: December 19th 2016
I had put my alarm on time, I woke up as well, but then I fell asleep again. I guess I was still tired from the hike. At 4:00, the night securety of the hostel woke me up with his flashlight telling me the shuttle was waiting for me. Luckily I packed my backpack the night before already!
I was traveling with Bryan from El Salvador and Emma from Switzerland. The other night, when I asked Bryan what to visit in El Salvador after he told me he was from there, he told me I could join them because they were going there on monday.
The shuttle brought us to Guatemala City. There we had to wait for the busstation to open. We could wait in the lobby of a Holiday Inn hotel. Emma and I got hungry while waiting and decided to treat ourselves with a hotel breakfast. I didn't have such a nice breakfast for a while! With waffles, fresh juices, nice coffee and other nice things.
When it was time to get the bus we found out that the buscompany offered free breakfast! And that was not the only thing. It was the most luxurious bus
I ever traveled with. The chairs were big and they offered pillows, blankets, snack, coffee and cold drinks! That was a big difference from the chickenbusses.
At the border to El Salvador, they were building a new bridge. The bus wasn't able to cross the temporary bridge, so we had to get out and into a small bus. Just before the bridge, all the men had to get out to cross the bridge by foot. All the women were allowed to stay in the bus. It was just because the bridge couldn't hold too much weight, but it was funny.
On the other side, another bus that looked the same as the first one, was waiting for us to take us to the city.
We arrived at Bryan's grandparents' place, where we would stay for the night. His grandparents were so welcoming and his grandmother was making us some food.
Later that evening we went to a bar with some friends of Bryan. We had a great time!
The next day we picked up a friend of Bryan (Oscar) and went to a mall. It was like being in Europe. The mall was really nice on the
inside and there were many European shops (Bershka, Stradivarius etc.). There even was a Starbucks.
Later that day we went to el Tunco, a surfers town at the beach. For me it was the first time ever at the Pacific ocean. I don't know if this ocean is everywhere like this but it's pretty wild over here. The waves aren't super high but they are strong.
We went for a night swim (we arrived late) and then we went for a drink. We also had some pupusas. This is traditional Salvadorian food. It's a little bit like quesedillas but with different fillings and with coleslaw, carrots and tomato sauce on top.
We stayed the night in a hostel and the next morning we left to go back to San Salvador. We didn't do too much that day. Bryan's grandmother made us some nice food again, we had a good shower and slept a little. In the evening we got ready to go to another beach but we ended up going to el Tunco again. It was a nice night because after the bars closed, the locals invited us and others to go to the beach. There they made a
fire and put on some music. We stayed overnight again as well.
The next day we went to the beach for a while before heading back to San Salvador. When we got back we were really tired and we just chilled at the house again. In the evening, we went to see a movie at the cinema. The movie was in english with spanish subtitles (yay!) and they had really nice flavoured popcorn (butter with caramel). The movie wasn't really my thing (the underworld) but it was nice to just sit back and watch a movie on a big screen with some warm popcorn.
The 2nd of december, we went back to el Tunco again with a friend of Bryan (Alexandra) and over there we met up with a Canadian couple who knew Bryan and Emma from Antigua. That night there was a ska band playing at one of the bars and we went to see it. It was a cool evening again. The place we stayed at every night was suddenly double the price because it was weekend. We stayed there anyway because I was the only one who kind of had a problem with it since
my money was running out, but I didn't want to make it a big issue. The next day we all moved to another hostel though.
The next day, Bryan went with the couple to San Salvador to show them the volcano that has a nice view over the city. He had been promising me and Emma we would go there so often that we didn't believe it was gonna happen today. We decided to stay at the beach. When they came back, the couple told us that they didn't go to the volcano. What a surprise haha!
The next day we went to San Salvador, but left our stuff at el Tunco. We just went to watch the football game at the stadium. We picked up Bryan's grandmother as well because she's a big fan. I don't think I ever went to a live football match but it was fun! we had some Salvadorian snacks (yuca) and beer and enjoyed watching the game and even more the people who really got up in the game.
Later that evening we went back to el Tunco and this time I took all my stuff with me.
My money is
running out and I'm determined to get a job at el Tunco. That way I can learn to surf in the meantime.
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