Monday, May 31, 2010

Weather

It's been raining heavily for the past few days due to tropical storm Agatha. Guatemala seems to have gotten most of the tropical storm, but, El Salvador definitely got a fair share of the rain. On Saturday, we ventured to the beach and passed over a few places where the road was flooded and a place or two where a hole in the road had formed. Luckily, we didn't run into any of this. Last night, while watching TV, we saw President Funes interrupt everyone's TV to tell them that the government was doing everything it could to protect the people from the mudslides and other rain issues -- pretty interesting.

Anyway, the weather in San Salvador is now pretty nice -- it hasn't rained since yesterday and the sun is peeking out. However, if you were to believe Weather.com, you'd think we were going to get 2" of rain today. Apparently, Weather Underground knows what's up -- today's going to be a beautiful day :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

End of the first week

Today is the end of our first week in El Salvador. Well, it's only been 4 days, but... So far, so good. Today I had my first class with a private tutor. She's really nice. I signed up to do classes every day next week and then see what happens when work starts. I need to expand my vocab and continue progressing in Spanish - something that I hope this forced learning will help with.

It was hard to talk today after an all out night last night doing karaoke. A bunch of people from the embassy went to the karaoke bar to belt out some tunes. I think the highlight of my singing was Enter Sandman, but, that destroyed my voice -- too much guttural noises. Just a note to anyone who wants to do Self Esteem by Offspring on karaoke - don't do it. You may think that by singing along in the car to it that you have a grungy voice, but you probably don't. Just FYI.

Tonight is the first night with nothing to do for Sophie and I. Our sponsors have been freaking awesome about taking us out and helping us meet people, so, we've had little time to rest at home. Or rather, Sophie and I have had little time to rest at home -- I've had plenty :) We're also supposedly getting our TV and internet hooked up this afternoon. No more stealing internet!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A few pictures

I have a lot more pictures, but, blogger only lets me post 4, so, I chose 4 that would make people jealous. Enjoy :)

 
Den -- waiting for parties

 
Dining room table

 
Our absurd closet

 
The patio

In San Salvador!

We arrived into San Salvador under overcast skies yesterday at about 1. We were greeted as we got off the plane by Sophie's sponsor, his wife, the DLI coordinator, and the driver. I was expecting to have some time to find a bathroom and then wander through customs until we saw someone, but, instead we were escorted through the dip. line and taken outside. While we waited for the van to show up, it started raining a lot. Welcome to the tropics, I guess :). The airport is near the ocean, so we had an uphill climb to reach San Salvador, which is around 700m up. We were dropped off at our townhouse, which, in a word, is awesome. I think I could get used to the diplomatic life! Furnished, three bedroom, two stories, huge closets, back porch that is partially covered -- awesome. Our sponsors stocked us with some food, which included a 6 pack of beer, which the receipt says was $0.80. Wow.

After we settled in and showered, we went out to a bar that has a great view of the city and isn't far from our place. Rum and cokes with garlic cheese bread was the special. I haven't had a rum+coke in a long time -- they're much better than I remember. After drinks, we went to Citron, which is supposedly one of the nicest restaurants in town (probably no relation to Citron in DC...). The restaurant was nice -- very modern vajilla. However, the prices at this place were more similar to DC than a developing country. That being said, the food was awesome. Sophie and I both got camarones encrustado en coco (coconut shrimp). We ended the night by going to our sponsor's house and playing a board game. Apparently they're pretty into board games -- haven't seen such avid gamers since the Sibleys.

Currently, I'm stealing our neighbors internet until ours gets set up. Today is going to be filled with lunch at the embassy and food shopping. I'm going to need to get over my disdain for taxis since our car isn't here quite yet :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

On our way!

we're on the plane in Miami, about to head out to San Salvador! We've had a great time in Miami. Got to visit with my grandmother and aunt and uncle. Yesterday we laid out on South Beach, which was surprisingly beautiful. Yesterday was also our two year wedding anniversary, so we celebrated in style at a restaurant at the Ritz Carlton.

Anyway... here we go!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Leaving DC

It's our last day in DC. Crazy! It's been weird how many people from El Salvador live in DC... turns out our property manager at our apartment is from El Salvador, as are a few of the cashiers at my work cafeteria.
The last day at work was interesting... a farewell that wasn't really a farewell... plans of finishing up the code rollout before I left not working out... attending an employee satisfaction roundtable... and finding that you can buy "Mexican coke" with real sugar. All made for an interesting day. Now we're just hanging out until we catch our plane to Miami tomorrow. Fun fun!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Final Weekend in DC

What a weekend in DC! We had a fiesta in Adams Morgan -- hosted by friends and complete with El Salvador flag colored streamers and leis. Not only were we able to hang out and party with our friends, but we were also able to unload a lot of alcohol on our unsuspecting friend and party host. Beth -- we brought that 99 Bananas because we just know you like it!

The rest of the weekend has been gorgeous! Mid 70s and nice out. Disc golf, bocce, throwing the frisbee in the park, watching South Park, grilling out... what else could you ask for? and Sophie bought comforters for the guest beds. What a day. haha.

Now we're just packing up -- awesome.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tickets Bought, Car Gone, Now The Waiting Game

We received our tickets to El Salvador yesterday -- so, now it's kind of official. Hah. Also, our car is now on its way to El Salvador -- so, we're carless for two weeks. We'll be stopping through Miami on the way to see family and lay on the beach before heading to El Salvador. Exciting!