El Salvador


We have spent the last week in El Salvador. Via Santa Ana we made our way to the Routes de los Flores, a collection of five cute towns that were reputed to be lovely. I pictured a 27-kilometre route along a quiet country road lined with flowers. It was a loud, busy road, nice scenery, but no flowers. And expensive accommodation. So we skipped the last town and beelined it to the coast. As we walked along the road, with no buses in sight, a couple stopped and offered us a lift in the back of their pick-up truck. 45-minutes later, after a helter skelter ride down the side of a mountain to Jujutla, they let us off and pointed out the bus we needed to Metalio. It was just one of the many random acts of kindness that we experienced in the beautiful and mountainous El Salvador.

At the Metalio beach, at a virtually empty seaside outdoor home restaurant, the owners, for a small fee, allowed us to pitch our tent on their property for a few days. It was a nice rest with shade, sand, sun and surf. Except on the first afternoon. I was going full stride, eyes on the beach, reader in hand, and didn’t notice the low hanging bamboo support beam of the palm canopy. I nailed my head on the edge of it so hard it dropped me straight to the ground like a shouldered sack of oranges split open. Everyone rushed over with concern and I’d like to say that I was more embarrassed than hurt, but it took a couple of hours for the stars to dim and a couple of days before my head stopped aching, so I’m guessing it was about even. Because I was pretty embarrassed!

The main traditional food in El Salvador are pupusa’s. They are two tortillas fried together with a filling of beans and cheese and served with a spiced fermented cold slaw and tomatoe sauce. Very tasty and super cheap!

I’ve had some unfortunate ‘device’ luck on this trip. In Mexico my iPad dropped out of a top bunk to the floor and the screen got smashed. My kobo reader called it quits in El Salvador and yesterday a Guatemalan mini bus claimed my new iPhone. We were on a circuitous route travelling from the El Salvadoran border town of Sam Christopher, through southern Guatemala, heading for the Copan ruins in Honduras. I had my phone in hand, keeping track of where we were, when the crowded little mini bus stopped suddenly and we were immediately rushed off and onto another bus. It was 10 minutes later, zooming along in another direction, crushed by bodies, when I realized I wasn’t holding my phone anymore. My lifeline is my phone and it was a devastating blow. Not just the expense and inconvenience, but that my phone was currently unlocked (which I know better and in hindsight is embarrassingly ridiculous) and all my passwords are on my phone. Fortunately my broken iPad, now glitchy, is still functioning for which I’m very grateful. But what I’m the most grateful for is my genius tech wizard daughter, Sabrina! She was able to lock and wipe my phone from her home in Hinton. I can’t access a lot of things I need from my my iPad but at least I’m not worried about my life being hacked. A few months ago (through no fault of mine:)) I experienced a complete identity theft (phone taken over, bank accounts emptied, everything) and I don’t want to ever go through that again. Nevertheless, even with the relief of knowing I’m safe from being hacked, I’m feeling a bit battered and off my game. That’s ok. Life lessons are usually hard won and come at a cost, in one form or another.

We are now in the rowdy little cowboy town of Chiquimula. Tomorrow we will head into Honduras to see the Copan ruins.


8 responses »

  1. Your photos of your travels are beautiful. Not enough to entice me though. I think my last year’s sand and surf outing has been enough. We’re having winter here this week and I’m snuggled in with my cats trying to get a cross stitch project started. I’m sorry to hear about your mishaps with your devices! Oy vey! Thank goodness for tech savvy kids. Life savers they are. I wish you safe travels (no tree branches to the head) and fun experiences. Take care, both of you. X O Sue

    • Thanks so much Sue! Snuggled up with your cats and cross stitching sounds wonderfully cozy and therapeutic. Yep, thank goodness for tech savvy kids! I’m sure a lucky Mumma. Hugs and love!

  2. That’s quite the adventure! Glad you were safe in El Salvador and you recovered from what sounds like a concussion. As much as I loved our time there, especially the beach, the gun culture really got me. But pupusas are great, as is a Salvadoran breakfast ( which we had today). Identity theft is hard, been through it with Pierre. Keep pics coming!

    • One way or another it’s always an adventure. El Salvador is much safer now than it was since last year when they had massive arrest numbers and put most of the drug cartels behind bars. Thanks so much! I appreciate it.

  3. Good grief women. You definitely take adventure to the next level. Glad there was no lasting fall out from the head injury. Hope the remainder of your trip is uneventful and relaxing🤗

  4. Sorry to hear about the knock. It’s a good thing you have a hard head. Happy you are on the mend.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Great pictures!

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