Monday, October 21, 2013

2013, Day 293 - Observer

We arrived just before noon in San Salvador after an overnight flight with little sleep and a three and half hour layover in Texas but we made it!  Our guide met us at the airport and whisked us off to Suchitoto, a small picturesque town about an hour and a half from San Salvador on a man-made lake.  The buildings are stucco, something relatively uncommon around here, and the streets are the old cobblestones.  It is a very pretty place although we only got glimpses as we drove through town to our hotel.

Our room has an amazing view of the lake and after dropping off our luggage we made out way to their patio where we had lunch.  It was a lovely fried fish fillet and a nice potato dish with veggies and cheese.  Although we hadn't eaten much of substance since the day prior I still think the food was genuinely good.

After lunch we lazed around, read, and basically killed time.  It was already mid-afternoon and we thought a walk down to the lake for sunset and and light dinner would be nice.  As we wandered down the cobblestone streets we saw children everywhere playing and I couldn't help but take a few pictures.  My favorite is the one below of a boy sitting in his window behind the bars watching everyone else play.  There are lots of windows and doors with bars, it allows for a cool breeze off the lake and saves energy.  In doorways and on stoops parents watched their children play and some ducked in and out while preparing dinner.

It was a happy sort of energy, lots of laughing and camaraderie.  Throw in a few street vendors making delicious smelling food and you have a  good idea what our walk was like.  The lake was further away than we thought and we caught only the tail end of the color so when we were done it was off to the central square to see the church and find some food.

For dinner we ended up getting a sampling of pupusas and some grilled veggies to split between us.  Pupusas are made of a masa dough that is filled with all kinds of things like beans, cheese, vegetables, and meats then fried.  They were delicious and surprisingly filling.  The vegetables were good too, nicely grilled with lots of flavor and a couple of sauces to accompany them.

Our bellies full we wandered back to our hotel to call it an early night.  Tomorrow we are getting up before sunrise and are off adventuring again!

Canon 1D X, Canon 24-70/f2.8L Mark II
55mm, f5.6, 1/320 sec @ 640 ISO

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