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  • San Salvador Zoo

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador- I could not decide if the groggy, thick with green, putrid water in the aquatic animal pools was mastery on the part of the San Salvador zoo for providing a real life swamp setting for their keep, or if it was just plain disgusting. I asked around, consensus determined that it [...]

  • Latin American Spanish Greeting

    SUCHITOTO, El Salvador- I was privy to learn a new greeting in Latin America the hard way: “Where is the mother?” a man asked me as I was walking through the streets with my baby Petra in my arms. What!?! does this guy think that I am not capable of going for a walk alone [...]

  • Volcanic Rocks to Clean Cooking Pans

    SUCHITOTO, El Salvador- The rough, jagged surface of a rather large rock was being scrubbed back and forth across the top of a dirty grill in a pupusaria in Suchitoto. Suds of soap rose in the rock’s wake, and a girl stood at the helm, pushing the cleaning stone back and forth over the business [...]

  • Dia de la Cruz The Day of the Cross

    SUCHITOTO, El Salvador- Every May 3rd, the people of El Salvador celebrate a holiday called Dia de la Cruz — The Day of the Cross. It is a pre-colonial harvest celebration that has now co-opted a Christian overcoat which occurs right before the start of the rainy season. It is a harvest festival, and like [...]

  • The Economic Impacts of Tourism

    SUCHITOTO, El Salvador- A major attribute of a rising tourist town is that the overhead for running a business often rises to the point where the only people able to afford it are those raking in money from the tourists. In this way, tourism is a self-feeding industry: the more money that comes into a [...]

  • El Salvador Next Hotspot for Tourism

    SUCHITOTO, El Salvador- El Salvador is on the Lonely Planet top ten list of countries to visit in 2010. It has already begun. Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Countries to visit in 2010 El Salvador is now the new feast in Central American tourism — the NEXT place, the new adventure, the next location to write [...]

  • Rising Costs Close El Salvador Business

    SUCHITOTO, El Salvador- It was evening, the sun just made its descent into night, and the pupusaria was hoping. The little Salvadoran house turned restaurant was packed to capacity: a table of young Japanese volunteers sat in the front corner, two tables of young Salvadoran men in the center of the room, and one entire [...]

  • Composting Toilets in El Salvador Countryside

    CINQUERA, El Salvador- The idea behind using a toilet is the same throughout the world, but the mechanics of using them often differ fundamentally from region to region, culture to culture. I have used dozens of varieties of squat toilets, holes in the floor, troths, sink looking things, and walls depending on the cultural climate [...]

  • Why Almonds are so Expensive

    SUCHITOTO, El Salvador- I do not know what I once thought unprocessed almonds looked like, it is my impression that I never once considered what they look like on the tree, or even where they come from. I did not know if the Asia eyed looking seed came from a plant, tree, pod, or nut, [...]

  • Fruit Picking Tool

    SUCHITOTO, El Salvador- “What do the people here use to get Mangoes out of trees?” I asked in El Salvador. There were two prevailing answers: 1. You throw rocks up at the tree branches and, if you are a good shot, dodge any fruit or stones that come streaming down towards your head. 2. Use [...]