…I just got slammed with work! Sorry I disappeared for a while there. The transition to a real job with real responsibilities has been a little rough, but I’m getting the hang of it! Too much time has passed by so this blog entry and the two that follow are going to be picture based. Enjoy!
Back in May a group of 4 business school volunteers and 3 chiropractors joined us for a week. One Saturday, they invited me on a day long adventure. First we went to Boqueron, a volcano that erupted in 1671 and then again in 1917, leaving behind a mini-volcano in its crater.
Baby Volcano inside the Mama Volcano
Here we are!
Then we headed to Ruta de las Flores, “a wonderful 22 mile drive along a scenic mountain highway winding through thousands of acres of coffee fields and exemplary El Salvadoran villages featuring weekend artisan and food festivals.” Thank you Frommer’s for that perfect description! The first town on the route, Juayua, is home of endless food festivals and the Black Jesus. I visited the Jesus, and then ate grilled Pelibuey meat, a crossbreeding of sheep and goat.
Church of the Black Jesus
We visited several towns after that. The most memorable was Ataco, where I spent a few minutes resting on a park bench with a drunk, was inspired by local artists’ Cristina Pinada and Alvaro Orellana’s artwork, and tried my hand at weaving a textile.
I guess it was a rough night for this guy.
Weaving... a great big lie! I didn't actually learn how to weave. Here I am posing.
This guy was actually doing all the work!
That is pretty much it for my day traveling along the Route of Flowers. It was beautiful, tranquil, and full of good food, good views, fresh air, and good company! Ideal!