Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
So far my sojourn in El Salvador has been a truly amazing and an eye opening experience for me. This is my first time visiting Central America and my son Adam who is working as a Peace Corp Volunteer here since last February.
I can’t get over how much I’ve seen and experienced in the past 5 days. The people are absolutely beautiful, friendly and incredibly hospitable. We rented a car and spent my first day in El Salvador at the beach. The waves (HUGE) are like nothing I have ever seen. We just relaxed at a very rustic beach hacienda and I watched Adam surf and took it easy before driving into the interior of the country.
I’ve had an opportunity to stay in Adam’s humble home located off a 12 mile long dirt road, visit with Adam’s neighbors in his village, eat the local food, attend the festival of corn “maize” and be recognized and honored in front of 1000+ people during the opening ceremony for that harvest festival.
We visited the local school Adam teaches in, had photographs taken with the teachers and children, learned about the needs of the community and school, his teaching and peace corp projects and am getting a real feel for what it would be like to be a Peace Corp volunteer. I must say this type of volunteer work is not for the faint of heart and is a real culture shock from all the creature comforts in the states.
Woman in the outer villages (where Adam is stationed) still wash clothes in the river. Most homes don’t have plumbing and many don’t have any electricity.
Yes…this is a very different world from the one I live in and must admit that I would have difficulty acclimating myself to this rustic and simple (hard) live. Just doing the basics like getting your clothes washed, food cooked, and yourself clean is a chore and takes considerable time and effort. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story of my El Salvador travel experience for now.
When I return I’ll post more comprehensive observations and photographs from my visit here to spend some time with my son who is doing an amazing job as a Peace Corp Volunteer. His Spanish skills are fluent and he knows everyone in the community he lives in and seems very well liked. What can I say? I’m a proud Dad!
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