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El Salvador & Spanish (W1): Back to Spanish School

I’m with another host family, studying in another school, and visiting another country whilst still missing my boyfriend terribly…

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It was really hard leaving Leon again, but I didn’t sit and sulk, I jumped straight off the plane Wednesday night into El Salvador, and was on a bus Thursday morning into the National Park Impossible; so called for the pass that was impossible to cross, and where many people died, but where there is now a famous bridge! I stayed in a cute hostel run by a lovely family, I did a waterfall jumping tour and met a chatty Argentinean couple and a crazy US guy travelling on his motor bike and camping, I read lots and ate lots of food (catching up on my veggies after leaving colombia).

The four day weekend went quickly and by Sunday night I was back in San Salvador, knocking on the door to my new host family and introducing myself to Ivonne and Roberto, my new mum and dad, as well as Joshua and Allison my new little brother and sister. These two are crazily energetic, I am serious starting to think I am not meant to have kids; they wear me out after 2 hours of dragging me this way and that to play this game, or read this book or watch this… but I am enjoying living with the family, the food is good, they are lovely, the mum is very chatty with me and the kids love me (I am not sure why).

School this week has been good, it is different being in a class with more people again, some ways it is good but some ways it is frustrating as I am used to having all the attention! The school is again very political; and I am learning a lot about the history and the current political and social situation of the country, which is what I wanted but I don’t think the school itself is quite as good as the school in Guatemala, but it had a lot to live up to really!!

I have been on trips in the afternoons nearly every day, Tuesday my friend Derek (who I met in Guatemala) was in San Salvador, so I skipped the trip with the school to go to Santa Teckla (a cute village on the outskirts of San Salvador) with him. Whilst there we met a local university student who showed us around the town, went to lunch with us and invited us in for a drink and we then spent the rest of the afternoon gassing, had pupusas for dinner (a local speciality) and drank a glass of wine together before heading back to the hecktic-ness of San Salvador. Wednesday I went to an archaeological sight with the school (mud houses from 1500 years ago perfectly preserved by volcanic ash); Thursday we went to the war memorial for the civilian casualties of the war and Oscar (the school guide) told us, in-short, the harrowing history of El Salvador (including a lot of killing of indigenous people and the poor people in the country side), and Friday we visited the ecological park outside the city.

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The War Memorial, there were a horendous 30,000 civilian casualties in the war

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Views of the city taken from the Ecological Park

During the weekend I went with my new friend Christalynn to explore the Route of the Flowers; visiting the three lovely little towns of Juayua, Apaneca and Ataco; drinking cocktails; eating pupusas, crepes, and cake; making new friends (some lovely little old El Salvadorian ladies invited us for lunch and are taking us on a trip next weekend); visiting waterfalls and lakes and generally enjoying the ambience of being in little towns in the country and out of the big city!

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The waterfalls in Juayua (left); the view from the hill top in Apaneca (center) and Laguna Verde in Apaneca (left)

Today is Monday, and I have another week of school and trips ahead of me, but I am already looking forward to next weekend; dreaming of the beach and the trip on Sunday with our new friends!

Posted by marajade1_200 16:44 Archived in El Salvador

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