El Salvador and moving on....

Barra de Santiago Travel Blog

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Pic of San Salvador, outside the city..

I left from Santa Rosa and caught a bus straight to San Salvador. I was thinking of stoping and heading to Sochitoto, but I changed my mind as I wasn't sure about available banks and was low on cash again.

Ok, country number three on the US$... Kinda scary folks... so far, Ecuador, Panama, and El Salvador are using US currency. Not sure how many countries in the world are using US currency, but what a way to have a country by the balls! I am again astounded at the number of US chains here just as in Panama and Ecuador... how soon will every country in the world look like the US and also use their currency...

Man oh man, trying to find a hostal in San Salvador was a trip.

This was great.... happy little campers... they are...
I arrived arround 1 p.m. and thought I could find one of the hostals in the book in the center.... I did. I walked from the terminal to the center.. Every sidewalk was lined with semi-structures of vendors selling everything from fast food to make-up. You couldn't even see the shops behind them due to the amount of vendors. It was like a mad house and reminded me of downtown Medellin although tons worse! I couldn't get through the people with my pack and forced to walk in the road most of the time. I did find the street with the hostal, but was not able to find the hostal I walked and stopped into numerous hotels and what they call huespedes... I got hands tapping under dark glass asking ´por un rato´ o ´parte una noche'. I walked to so many and was getting really pissed off.
Hotel....aahhhh..
Each one I asked can you tell me where a hostal is that is not a love hotel, a real one for machileros (backpackers)... They all laughed and told me directions to another and said they are all the same. I found a security guard who told me not to stay in the area, he showed me on my map what area I should go and try the area back near the terminal.... Well, I started walking back and asked tons of huespedes... All the same. I started walking to another area on the map, but was having problems finding the area. After three hours I was almost on verge of tears... I think I was partly dillusional, I hadn't eaten since the day before or had any water all day. I wandered into an auto shop...kind of. It looked like some kind of auto company, but also looked like a hotel.
Two days of beautiful sunsets..
.. The guy told me it wasn't and I walked out...

Let me interject for a moment and say that the following two stories are testaments to the amazing people of El Salvador and what a bad rap they have like much of C.A. I found Salvadrians to be so incredibly nice. Yeah, so there are crime problems in the San Salvador.... like any other capital.... As a travelor... just stay away and watch your step.. El Salv is an amazing country. I would have liked to stay longer.

Continuing....Another man came to fence and asked me what I was looking for. I told him a hostal. He said he knew one where there are other travelors...He said that he wanted to help me and he could take me there. He said that he owned the auto business and was there with his son.. We went back and forth as I was so not ready to trust... I finally gave in as I was almost to my end and had to trust someone... I waited for a while and he and his son drove me to the hostal and dropped me off. I never would have found it! He was so amazingly kind..

The next day, I mentioned to the lady that worked at the hostal that I was looking for a good Mexican restaurant. She said that she would come back and tell me.. A couple of minutes later, a man came and said that he was told that I was looking for a Mex rest and that he was passing that way, he could drop me off. He was the owner of the hostal... Ok..... He dropped me off and began explaining how I can walk back. He then said that he just has to run a couple of errands and he could pick me up on his way back. He did. I was just paying as he entered with his young son saying that his son needed to use the toilet and he wanted a drink... his son was sweet, three yrs old and a handful, I think I would need a drink at the end of every day as well. We both had a margarita and had a great chat... He took me back to the hostal afterwards. I totally recommend this hostal in San Salvador, Ximena´s Guesthouse, the staff and owners are all amazing. They also own an awesome hostal on the beach in Barra de Santiago... That's where I ended up and spent two more days. The community is a bit strange, it is more like a suburb in almost a grid system on dirt roads. It is a fishing village, but the lots are huge and most of the lots are all wired off and separated. It was so strange, it was like grade 1 of Miami suburbs, which stands at 10...for being gated and separated. They were poor and had open kitchens and hammocks and still wired off, as their neighbors had quite beautiful homes. I couldn't understand that community. But the people were super nice. You have to wait for a pickup truck to take you down into the village from the main road.... The beach was amazing, quiet and overall clean, there was hardly anyone there as there are only two hotels. The hotel I stayed out was called Caprichi. On Saturday, there was only one other couple there so I had a cabana all to myself as well as mostly the run of the place. It was soooo nice. On Monday morning a truck came by and I asked the guy if he was going to the main road, he told me no, but he would take me to the area where I could get a pick-up. He said he wouldn't charge me. He and his daughter where just delivering bread to their clients....

I must say again.....El Salvador is a beautiful country and the people are probably the nicest I've met in C.A. very close or equal to Nicas....

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Pic of San Salvador, outside the c…
Pic of San Salvador, outside the …
This was great.... happy little ca…
This was great.... happy little c…
Hotel....aahhhh..
Hotel....aahhhh..
Two days of beautiful sunsets..
Two days of beautiful sunsets..
Barra de Santiago
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