Blogs from El Salvador, Central America Caribbean - page 7


Probably like most people in the world, El Salvador hadn't really entered into my general consciousness, apart perhaps as the title of a song by Athlete back in 2003! ( In my time travelling through South and Central America I had met a grand total of one person that had been there, and so this, combined with the fact it would continue my trip's “achievement” of having visited every South and Central American country (admittedly I have to exclude the isolated Guayane, French Guyana and Suriname from that though!) it seemed just the ticket for a few days of my time! The journey from Honduras took a day and a half, but I arrived in Suchitoto, a small colonial town located on a lake, with seemingly every house painted a different colour, in good... read more
Laid back Suchitoto
Dusk looking down from Suchitoto
Summit Photo - Volcan Santa Ana

After spending a few months on the very strong Central American gringo trail the offer to go and stay with a friend from back home in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador was a bit of a godsend. Prior to the offer I had tracked up through the Central American countries quicker than I had originally anticipated and I still had a number of weeks until I was due to meet Tian in Guatemala. Jay had actually started his trip a month before me and was meant to have done my trip in reverse, however he had gotten sidetracked and was actually renting an apartment in the city with a lovely French-Canadian girl called Gaëlle. The thing that immediately strikes you travelling through El Salvador is that everyone is confused as to why you are ... read more

The drive from Suchitoto, El Salvador to Conception Ataco, El Salvador was the only completely uneventful trip. It was only a few hours. We left Suchitoto early afternoon and we arrived in Ataco early afternoon. Although the cities were very different, they had some similarities. For example, they were both very quiet – where things (including restaurants) close down very early. They are both completely the opposite of touristy. We were in Suchitoto for 1 night and Ataco for 3 – those three nights in El Salvador were the most “back road” of our whole trip. Lots of people looked at us with curiosity, but the energy was friendly. Our first night in Ataco was one of our quietest nights. We toured the town, which took about 15 minutes. We walked along peaceful cobblestone streets, taking ... read more

It feels a little weird to write a blog entry (or 4) more than a week after I returned. But, I’m too much of a perfectionist to stop the blog in the middle. So, I’m operating on the “better late than never” philosophy. Fortunately, I left little breadcrumbs of photographs and notes to retrace my steps into my memory. Some of the notes make total sense – like “church made from egg whites, manure, and soup bowls” reminded me of the creative building materials used for the main church in Suchitoto, and “old lady machete” reminded me of this super old woman on the side of the road walking with a machete. But, some of them are already lost in the backroads of my brain – like “when she’s flirting, she’s 87” or “santa lucia cut ... read more

As Vietnam, El Salvador had a civil war which lasted 12 years (1980-1992). Peace Accords were signed in Mexico on January 16, 1992. Since 1981 the U.S. President Reagan pumped about $500 Million a year to help the Salvadoran army to spare El Salvador from socialist as in Nicaragua. It has used the US dollar as its main currency since 2001. It has a total of 21 Volcanoes and it frequently hit by earthquakes, the last big one being on January 13, 2001. Earthquake was marked at 7.6 on the Richter Scale. Is it safe to go to El Salvador? I think so. Many El Salvadorans advised me not to go in the capital of Tegucigalpa because of a high crime area. However, I did and felt secure and warm. The world has become unsafe in ... read more
In San Salvador
Old town in San Salvador
Presidental Palace

CHECK OUT MY VIDEOS: I hardly know where to begin, as I attempt to sum up what has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life. I went to El Salvador to meet Funnyclown's family having almost no knowledge about El Salvador at all, other than that it is a dangerous place to travel. We were to be with his uncle, who visits the US yearly, and whom he is very close to. We would be staying at the home of Funnyclown's cousin, her husband, and their daughter, in San Salvador, the capital city. Funnyclown's Uncle, who normally lives in a home with other relatives, would be staying there at his daughter's house with us while we were visiting, in order to be able to spend as much time as possible ... read more

Today is our final day at the site. We started out the day filling in with sand around the brick in the well. The guys helped mix concrete to be poured in the septic tank. We also smoothed out the dirt around the house and added dirt around all of the side walks. There is a school behind the site and we were able to go up there during snack time. The students were so excited to see us and they loved to have there pictures taken. Then they would want to see them. We also spent the morning making sure everyone signed our shirts and beginning to say our goodbyes. When the students got out of school they also came and signed our shirts. Lewis joined us again today as well as other Habitat for ... read more
The kitchen sink
The school children
more students

Today Patty, Helen, Carol and Ashley started by going to a preschool. There was 13 students and 1 teacher. They had a snack time. The teacher drew pictures in each students workbooks of a house, mountain, path and trees. Then they colored them. They also had a story time and the story was Jack and the beanstalk. After that they went back to the tables and worked on writing letters. Helen, Ashley and Carol did puzzles with the students and Patty did English/Spanish flashcards with the students. Everybody else went to the site to begin work. Today was a busy day. We painted, helped the electrician wire the house, mixed concrete, hauled water, soaked bricks,started bricking the septic tank and sifted sand. We got a lot done today!!! Finally we we're able to help with a ... read more
A finished habitat house (Lillian's)
Lillian's kitchen
The front of the house

Today almost everybody is feeling good. We worked at the site all day. Some painted the inside of the house lime green. We mixed concrete by hand. Hauled alot of dirt and sand and tamped it. We used a larger sifter to sift a sand-rock combination. That was used in the mortar. We helped cement the back entrance on the house a patio. The highlights of today we're when the school children just walked into the lot after school and walked up to us where we worked and began talking to us and asking our names. There was not just one but groups. They hung around for a bit and we found out their names. Also I think many felt like the site workers connected with us and gave us more jobs knowing we we're there ... read more

We started out going to the community center in Esperanza. This is a habitat community that is completed. They hope to still build a clinic. Habitat built 170 houses. We also met their co-op who also sold items including coffee. We we're introduced to some of the ladies that we're on the board. Today we celebrated Tiffany's birthday. Tonya brought a cake for us all to share. The community center serves 30 children. They brought them out to sing Happy Birthday to Tiffany. We toured the house that previous people in the group had built. We then went to the Work site around noon. today the jobs we're white washing the cement walls, filled and removal of sand and dirt around house and tamping. Norm was in the septic pit. Then we came back to room ... read more

Tot: 1.654s; Tpl: 0.041s; cc: 9; qc: 82; dbt: 0.0468s; 1; m:saturn w:www (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.5mb