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Published: March 12th 2012
The Mighty Pacific
What an awesome body of water...
After an early morning run on the black sand beach, a freshly brewed coffee and a breakfast of granola and yogurt, we opted to drink fruit smoothies and eat fresh coconuts whilst basking in the tropical sun with the awesome Pacific hammering the shoreline in front of us. The playa at El Tunco was not a bad spot for a bit of beach-bumming.
Just for the record, Dave did the running....and did he run! We were traveling with a nice Aussie guy (also called Dave) who was in El Tunco with us. When Dave invited the other Dave out for a run, little did Dave know that Dave was a former military exercise trainer. He had Dave doing pushups, sit-ups and drills of sprinting, all at 6 in the morning! Dave was walking a bit funny for a couple of days, still happy he got some excercise though! haha!
The lovely restaurants along the lagoon close to the beach were great for meals. But the stench of the lagoon told another story. We found out that raw sewage gets dumped into the lagoon (which is a river in the wet season and normally flows quickly into the
sea). But during the dry season, the river dries up into a stagnant hot and murky large mud puddle. So as you browse the restaurant fronts, you are confronted with the smell of stewing stools. An unnerving juxtaposition.
Just to add to this unpleasant fact, we watched in amazement (shock) as a young couple changed their baby´s diaper (nappy) on one of the dining tables (on the table cloth) in a restaurant as others ate their meals at the other tables. We are always being reminded of being in a developing country. What is ironic about this situation is that some of the restaurants were showing posters of proper handwashing and hand hygiene (including diaper changing). So, slowly, there are signs of some form of basic health education... We think this couple missed reading the posters.
The capital city, San Salvador, was a typical Centroamerica city. It was a bit rough around the edges but we stayed in a nice quiet area in a friendly guest home. We spoiled ourselves by hitting the cinema and watching an English movie (Tower Heist) with Spanish subtitles and ate pizza and chocolate. Then we got prepared for a long bus journey
Playa El Tunco
Early morning light
from San Salvador, El Salvador to Granada, Nicaragua.
Stay tuned! Hasta la proxima!
T y D
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