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El Salvador for Semana Santa

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El Salvador for Semana Santa

Next week is Saint’s week across Latin America, a holy holiday between Palm Sunday and Easter devoted to the Saints of Catholicism. There is no work, in some countries no alcohol is sold, and the people have nothing to do but worship and have a holiday. In my experiences in Latin America, a day off of work seems to equate to a day of partying. I am sure that there will be many smiling faces, many fights, and many people just hanging out in the streets watching the week go by. This is Central America.

Map of El Salvador

I am thinking about going to El Salvador for this holiday. It would feel good to be back out on the road for a week in between my month of working at Copan. The El Salvador border is only two hours from Copan Ruinas, and I hear that there is good hiking just across the frontier. Maybe I will go to the artist village of Palmas, and just hope that I can turn up a cheap bed. I imagine that many people will be traveling and going on vacation for Semana Santa. Finding a place to lay my head may be a slight challenge. But I am in the tropics, and the nights are warm. I am not worried.

“It is easy to account for the vagabond’s fondness for tropical lands . . . He escapes the terror of the coming night. Only he who has roamed penniless through a colder world can know this dread; how, like an oppressive cloud, rising on the horizon of each new day, it casts its gloom over every niggardly atom of good fortune. In the north one must have shelter. Other things which the world calls necessities the vagrant may do without, but the night will not be put off like hunger and thirst. In the tropics . . . Bah. What is night but a more comfortable day? If it grows too dark for tramping, one lies down in the bed under his feet and rises, refreshed, with the new dawn.” – Harry Franck, A Vagabond Journey Around the World

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
March 12, 2008

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Filed under: Central America, Culture and Society, El Salvador, Honduras

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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