El Salvador was incredibly beautiful in so many ways....the landscape, the sea, the people.
We were driving between water sites...going up one volcano down another...this shot was from the top of a mountain, looking out over the two volcanoes we had traversed earlier in the day. The haze is from the sugar cane being burned below; the smoke filled the whole valley.
Hubby was helping to repair a system in a clinic in Santa Cruz next to the school. This little guy was heading home for lunch....obviously he had had a rather thirsty morning....three bottles to refill for the afternoon.
We visited ACAMS, a women's cooperative (they were distributing toilets that day----how could I have missed that photo op?!?) in Tejutepeque. Kristina is the operator in charge of the water purification system....this is the unfiltered water tank in her bedroom on the roof of the center that will travel by gravity to the filters and bottling station below. The water she bottles is distributed throughout the whole community.
This guy was caged in the middle of our lunch stop. I'm hoping he was just another 'pet'....they had cages of parakeets next to him; one parakeet was sitting at the open front window, greeting diners and overseeing the cooking in the kitchen.
'Trophies' retrieved by the resistance are proudly displayed in the town square. The church was miraculously untouched here, but about two miles down the road, we saw the skeletal remains of another church. That community was nearly wiped out because the residents took refuge in the church before it was obliterated.
San Salvador is the current capital of the country, but Suchitoto was briefly the capital immediately following the war.
We spent only one day at the beach...
Of course, there was beach knitting...
My needles were confiscated at the airport (in El Salvador)...
(The main purpose of this trip was to network with Salvadoran Rotary members and share information on some of the Living Waters for the World sites in the country. Our LWW booth looked like any old booth in any old conference center in any place in the world. I won't bore you. But I do have 400+ more country pictures....just warning you!)
and yes....the suitcases aren't even getting put away this time...shhhhhhh. Don't tell Freddy.