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The 12-Hour Journey To Nicaragua – Being Adopted By A Salvadoran Family and Managua Chaos

November 14, 2011

Welcome To NIcaragua

I got up at 3:20am since the pickup truck would be ready to take me down the hill to Yoloaiquin at 4am. I packed the last of my belongings and at 4am and started a really long journey to Nicaragua. The route included taking chicken buses from Yoloaiquin to highway “dieciocho” or “18” and then […]

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A Kind Gesture Representative Of A Great Nation – Leaving El Salvador On A Great Note

November 12, 2011

Me And The Family Outside The Internet Cafe

When I was in Yoloaiquin, El Salvador I had a daily routine of going down the mountain in the morning to town. I’d use the “ciber”, pronounced “see-bear”, or internet café. There were only two to chose from. One only had three computers, had no wireless, and was constantly full with little kids playing games. […]

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Photo Friday – Rural Salvadoran Morning – Yoloaiquin, El Salvador

November 11, 2011

Rural Morning - Taken Nov 8, 2011 - Yoloaiquin, El Salvador

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Volunteering With Comencemos In Yoloaiquin, El Salvador

November 9, 2011

Comencemos Logo

Volunteering with Comencemos has been a very different experience than I’ve had so far. As a new NGO, they suffer from something all new companies/organizations suffer from – lack of funds. From Rene’s point of view, I think he just wanted me to come and share ideas given my MBA and traveling experience. I think […]

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The Hen That Scared Me To Death – In The Bathroom

November 8, 2011

The Hen

It’s 6am. I am awakened by the roosters crowing for the third or fourth time. They didn’t seem to get the memo that they should only crow at sunrise. Instead, they crow at all hours of the night. I stumble down the small hill to where the outhouse is without slipping. Great success. There is no […]

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The Rural Life Of Yoloaiquin, El Salvador – Tortillas From Scratch, Cement Toilets, And Hammocks

November 8, 2011

A Baby In A Hammock

I stayed in a very remote part of El Salvador, 30-minutes walking distance from the nearby small town of Yoloaiquin. I went camping once in my life, but it rained so we called it quits and went home. I then camped for two weeks during my African safari in 2005. But this experience here in […]

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Que Caro Es Ser Pobre/How Expensive It Is To Be Poor – Education

November 7, 2011

Me With The Class

When I was volunteering at Maya Pedal in Guatemala there was a sign on the wall that said “Que Caro Es Ser Pobre”. It means “How expensive it is to be poor.” As I travel through many of the world’s “poor” countries, I am writing a series of articles about how expensive it is to be poor. I don’t think […]

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Dia Del Muerto (Day Of The Dead) In Honduras And El Salvador

November 6, 2011

Yoloaiquin Cemetery Pictures On Dia Del Muerto

I had the good fortune of being in Honduras on November 1st and El Salvador on November 2nd. This allowed me to get a glimpse into Dia del Muerto in both places. Although no one celebrates Dia del Muerto like the Mexicans, it was still interesting to see how the Hondurans and El Salvadorans do […]

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Photo Friday – Salvadoran Iguana – Yoloaiquin, El Salvador

November 4, 2011

Salvadoran Iguana - Taken Nov 2, 2011 - Yoloaiquin, El Salvador

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Learning About Gender Equality And Teaching About The Promised Land

November 3, 2011

male-female equality

Today I went to an event sponsored by ISD (Initiativa Social para la Democracia). I still don’t know how to process what I observed. But it was totally a kick in the pants to keep learning Spanish because I missed so much by not having stronger Spanish. Male/Female Equality The topic at hand was gender equality. […]

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Students, Family, And History – A Soberingly Awesome Day

November 1, 2011

Me With Karla

On my second day in Yoloaiquin Rene planned an amazing day for me. Speaking To Students First, we went to the nearby city of San Francisco Gotera where Rene teaches English. As mentioned before, Rene interweaves self-empowerment in his English classes. I was part of that, as the homework assignment he gave them was to […]

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Traveling to Yoloaiquin And Feeling Abundantly Welcomed!

October 31, 2011

Comencemos Sign

I left San Salvador on Wednesday (26-Oct-11) afternoon to head to San Miguel. In San Miguel I would meet up with Jorge, a member of Comencemos – the organization I am volunteering with here. Comencemos means “We Start” in English. I promise it sounds better in Spanish, and it fits here since they really are […]

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San Salvador – Complicated Past And Tons Of Outside Influence

October 29, 2011

Plaza Libertad (Liberty)

I stopped in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, for less than 48 hours on my way to volunteer at www.comencemos.org. I met two great people, who I will get to in a minute, but I can’t help but describe San Salvador as weird. I don’t know if it’s weirder for me since I’m […]

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Photo Friday – From One Volcano To Another – San Salvador, El Salvador

October 28, 2011

View of San Salvador From One Volcano To Another

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