I did let an older American guy get in front of me in the cue, thought i work on my karma and that paid off pretty good. Instead of taking a 2 hour chicken bus ride to San Miguel i was offered a lift in a very large, very comfortable, very air conditioned jeep. Sorry mum but yes i got in to a car with total strangers but sometimes you just have to trust people. This is also one of those moments when my imagination runs wild and i make up a good story that i'm meeting someone later that day. Just to ensure i don't shout out that i travel by myself and it would take a long time before someone will miss me.....
We driven for just under 15 minutes when the traffic slowed down, the gentlemen started to debate if its been an accident or what was going on. Two minutes later we see a street corner with a couple of police men, some people standing around with cameras and there on the ground was the first dead body i ever seen in my whole life. Yes, less then fifteen minutes in El Salvador and i seen someone thats been shot. Hopefully this will be my last.....
An hour of some nice conversations in the car and I was dropped off in San Miguel where i would take my next bus to Playa El Cuko.
Other travellers seen at the boarder, between the boarder and San Miguel: Two (the Americans in the car)
So after being dropped off in San Miguel i walked to the bus terminal to take the bus to El Cuko. Felt it was time for some beach again, I mean, its been a week! It was a hot and sweaty walk taking about half an hour.
Jumped on the bus and after about 2 hours were i was sitting squashed between two rather large ladies it was time to get off. Ive been on enough chicken buses now and as long as my full bum has a seating area then i fall asleep. Doesn't matter how packed it is, that happened on this one as well. A quick taxi ride to La Tortuga Verde and i had reached the beach. I had my own single room and it was just perfect with a queen size bed, a few shelves and hooks. La Tortuga Verde is a huge mix of hostel and resort and it's directly on the beach. Only one problem when i was there; it felt very deserted. So instead of being social, i caught up on some reading, listened to some podcasts and an audio book.
Other travellers seen on the way to El Cuco and at La Tortuga Verde: 9 (4 young swizz, 3 volunteers at La Tortuga Verde, 2 guys at La Tortuga Verde that arrived in the eve before i was leaving)
It was time to move on after three nights at El Cuko. So got a couple of buses and ended up in San Salvador. What striked me getting off the bus in San Salvador was that there was plenty of taxi drivers offering their services but after saying no once they all disappeared. Doesn't happen often elsewhere! Anyhow, i did get in to a taxi in the end and together we found my hostel using Google maps on my iPhone. I didn't have a reservation so had my fingers crossed that they have a bed for me. There was defiantly no need to worry, only an American couple was staying there. In the eve there was also another man coming in. Sorry, didn't get a word out of him so not sure were he was from.
Of course the wifi was down but thought no problem, gives me one big excuse to visit Starbucks. Yes, they do have Starbucks in El Salvador and yes I have had plenty good iced Americanos in other places but there is something special with an iced Americano from Starbucks!!! Did some research on what to do during my time in El Salvador and booked a Free walking tour of San Salvador for the next morning.
Number of travellers seen on the way from El Cuko to San Salvador and on my first day in San Salvador: 3 (the one's in my hostel)
Started my second day in San Salvador with a nearly three hour long Free walking tour. Edwin from EC Tours was very easy going and he gave a really interactive tour of the historic part of the city. He also gave me some insight on what to do while in San Salvador, like visiting the nearby volcano. He said its very easy to visit since the buses run nearly all the way up so no need to hike!!!
After the tour i took a big detour and walked about 5 km back home to the hostel. This time i wasn't lost, i just wanted to see more of the city and what it had to offer. One thing is for sure the people here seem so happy to see travellers. Instead of cat calls, i had so many smily people and a few of them wanted to stop me in the street just so they could practice some English. This happened in all the areas i walked through.
Number of travellers seen on the way to walking tour, on the walking tour, on my detour back to hostel and on my walk in afternoon: One (a German guy who also did the walking tour)
So if you made the effort to calculate how many travellers i have seen then you should have 15 people. Thats 15 people in 5 days and i know that two already left the country and three is only here to volunteer. I have seen more very short security guards with very big guns in these 5 days, they on nearly every street corner in San Salvador by the way. The tune I'm so lonely with Bobby Vinton comes to mind. Is no one travelling El Salvador??? if they do, where are they??? Hahahaha. But guess it gives me a good opportunity to try to converse with the locals....
So to summarise my first impression of El Salvador then its;
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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