Observations from Kew Gardens (UK) and now Houston (US).
March 30, 2010
OAT El Salvador: San Salvador
Our hotel in San Salvador was beautiful but we were not allowed to linger. I barely had enough time to eat one pupusa (a speciality of El Salvador) at breakfast before we had to board our mini-bus.
Our local guide was proud of the many who demonstrated great bravery during the Civil War in El Salvador as the poor tried to free themselves from the shackles of a few wealthy families. He told us of the stories of Augustín Farabundo Martí Rodríguez (leader of the FMLN and executed by the government) and Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (assasinated). We visited Romero's final resting place in the basement of the Metropolitan Cathedral.
After our tour of this essentially Spanish colonial city, we purchased a pinata for some children we would visit later. He took up a lot of valuable space on our bus!
We had a fabulous view while lunching on Lake Coatepeque (300’ deep volcanic lake)
A Mayan protest at the border delayed our entry into Honduras but the policemen were happy to pose with us.