Back in December, I traveled to El Salvador after 10 years.
It was an experience! The last time I went, my abuelito was healthy and living. I was 13 at the time. I was staying with my abuelito in his house. & I stayed for almost the whole school summer break. I remember many things from that trip.
The most memorable and touching moment that always comes to mind is when I would have dinner with my abuelito. It was always either Pollo Campero or this one taco place where they served hamburgers.
I use to travel to El Salvador, and more specifically Sensuntepeque, Cabañas every two years. It stopped when I turned 13.
My abuelo passed away almost seven years ago and that was rough. It was rough, because I didn’t get to say bye to him or I didn’t get to go to his funeral.
When the plane was landing, I started getting teary-eyed. It was a moment when I realized I won’t see my grandpa as I am looking out at the crowd, but it was also a moment I was waiting for for years.
This time around was different in a good day. I stayed with my friend that I’ve known since the first time I went to El Salvador ( I was 5). She lived across the street from my abuelos house so I was always at her house!
(the bed/room I stayed in) (very cozy)
We got to view different places like Suchitoto, Juayua, Ataco, Ahuachapan, Cojutepeque, Santa Ana, and La Ruta de las Flores...& can’t forget Sensunte <3.
This was a very short trip that lasted 8 days, but I was just glad I got to go back to my second home land.
Everyone has misconception of El Salvador. They think that people are violent, gang members, and always in danger. This isn’t true. When I went, I was never in danger. In every Parque (park) there were police men and soldiers. I also have tattoos on my arms and legs and I would wear shorts and short sleeve shirts and I was never looked at in an aggressive way.
I honestly felt very safe. I never felt unsafe.
What I noticed about El Salvador and salvadoreños in E.S. is that they are (or most of them) friendly. They say hi to you as you’re walking by, and they say (buen provecho) enjoy your meal wherever you are (Restuarant, pupuseria, taqueria). That was something very new to me to be completely honest. I was taken aback. These people don't know each other but they're telling them to enjoy their meal. They are wishing them well. This is something that I haven't seen in the U.S.
Another thing I was very taken aback from was when I would present myself they never asked about my career/job. I'm usually asked like "what do you do? where do you work?" when I introduce myself. These people did not care. They would ask "how are you?" "How's the U.S.?"
Now lets talk about how much everything cost!!!! The last time I went to E.S. pupusas were 25 cents. Now they are 50 cents but you can buy so many pupusas for 10 bucks! They taste to delicious too. In the U.S. I rarely eat pupusas. In 2019, I think I only ate one U.S. pupusas and when I was in E.S. I ate like 15. Tacos in E.S. are like 4 for 3 bucks. FOUR FOR THREE BUCKS Y'ALL. And they're delicious. The only issue I had was that they didn't have tacos de carne asada :(!
There was this cute coffee shop in Sensunte that I loved! I would order an iced vanilla latte. I wanted to try their hot coffee, but we would walk to this coffee shop, and it took us like 10 minutes to walk there. As well the weather was always warm so by the time we go to this coffee shop we were sweating! The vanilla latte was super delicious and pretty affordable (cost like $2.25).
Overall, I enjoyed the trip so much. I cried when I was saying bye to my friend, her sister, and mom. It so sad just saying see you soon to close family and friends!
I loved this experience and it was much needed even though it was just 8 days :(!
Thank you for reading this blog post. There are more to come.