Jun 02, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
The next morning, we slept in, had breakfast, and headed out to hunt the ultra-rare route 192 bus back to La Libertad
. We waited just under an hour, but finally boarded. We took another bus back to San Salvador (ugh) and checked into our hostel - if you can call it that, it's only 3 months old and the nicest place we've stayed - they even have free internet! As we were checking our e-mail, my sister forwarded me a note from her friend warning of an escalation in gang violence in San Salvador. Although we knew the city was dangerous and didn't plan on taking any local buses, we were alarmed and saddened to hear about the extreme disregard for innocent lives exhibited by the gangs here. So, parents, you will be glad to know that we spent the afternoon in an upscale mall eating at a knockoff Au Bon Pain and shopping. I finally found an El Salvador soccer jersey - I have bought the national jersey of each country we have been in so far. Onto Nicaragua tomorrow!
Mike here! After a totally relaxing time in Suchitoto, we were ready to head to the Pacific coast for a day at the beach. We caught a bus from San Salvador to the busy market in La Libertad and then a seemingly "rare" bus to Play El Zonte, a surfer's beach. Let me say that I have only once been to a Pacific coast beach and that was on a nice sand beach in Torrey Pines, San Diego. It was a complete surprise to me that the beach was black-sand, rocky and had sharp pieces of reef all over it. Needless to say, there was no swimming at this beach, but it is, apparently, great conditions for surfing. As we walked on the rocks and tidal pools to watch the ocean as the sun set, I got a firsthand lesson in the dangers of a Pacific surf beach as I cut my toe on a sharp piece of old reef. "Nurse" Elana came to the rescue with our first aid kit and bandaged me up. We enjoyed a quiet evening on the roof of our hostel watching the surf and hit the bed early for some well-earned Zs.