Monday, August 15, 2011

Rainy Season

Rainy season arrived, but unlike last year, it's not that bad. It rains most nights, but usually not until after 6:30. We've had a few days that had rain for most of the day, but not many. This is in stark contrast to last year, where we didn't see the sun for our first week in the country. El Salvador remains beautiful.

It's been a while since I last posted - maybe life is feeling normal enough that nothing seems interesting enough to post. Who knows. It's been a great two months though!

We've had some more visitors, notably my sister and brother-in-law (henceforth known as my cuñado). My sister is pregnant with her first baby (first in the family!), so they wanted to get their El Salvador fix in before having a child. I was a bit worried when they came that we would have to repeat a bunch of things that we've already done, but we were able to avoid that for the most part. We visited Perquín first, which is in the northeastern part of the country. Morazán department (which Perquín is in) was where much of the rebel resistance came from during the civil war, so there is a lot of civil war history in Perquín and the surrounding areas. We took a tour with a local guide, stopping first at Mozote, a small pueblito where the entire town was essentially murdered by government forces. Our guide was 11 at the time and was already training to fight in the resistance. I cannot imagine. If you're interested in the history of El Mozote, The Massacre at El Mozote is a fascinating book that focuses on the US involvement in the war and the US's turning of a blind eye to the massacre. After Mozote, we hiked around Rio Sapo and visited the civil war museum, which features a lot of relics from the war - captured arms, shot down helicopters, as well as bomb craters.

After Perquín, we visited the beach for the day before dropping my sister and cuñado off at Lago Coatepeque, a beautiful, tranquil, crater lake west of San Salvador. Good times.

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