Suchitoto, El Salvador
The last few days have been a whirlwind of activity but no large events. The days have been about as normals as days can be while traveling and have consisted of mostly hanging out with people that I have already met previously on my travels. On Thursday I moved from Gracias to Santa Rosa de Copan. This was my last stop in Honduras before moving to El Salvador. On Thursday afternoon and evening I hung out with a guy I met when traveling from Copan to Gracias who is living in Santa Rosa de Copan.
Without much else to do in town besides look at the cigar making factory I packed up to move into El Salvador. Friday was a long travel day of moving from bus to bus to bus to bus with a border crossing thrown into the mix. Once in Suchitoto. I found a room at the first place I went to for the right place but more importantly with the right view. The room isn’t that great and neither is the bathroom but the view is amazing and that was enough for me. I can’t complain when I wake up to this.
|From Suchitoto 2010-12|
I went to Suchitoto without knowing much of what there was to do. The only thing I was going on was my assumption that it would be nicer than Santa Rosa de Copan and a few more tourists than Gracias. I was right on both fronts. I was walking around the central square when I saw a girl who I recognized but couldn’t remember from where. After hearing her name I remembered I had met her in Lanquin the night before I had left. It was good to find someone I had met previously and we spent the night hanging out. The next day I also saw another guy I had previously met in Lanquin. It was nice to see people I had already met and not repeat the same traveler conversation over and over again.
Back to Greenbacks
When I arrived in El Salvador I remembered that they adopted US currency. At first it was a bit odd using primarily US currency once again. It’s still strange to use primarily coins and one dollar notes. Breaking a twenty is an ordeal to say the least. Not mentally converting currency into dollars is nice. When something costs $0.40 it actually costs $0.40.
It was a bit odd meeting others and seeing them being baffled by the coinage. They thought the quarter was an odd denomination and they were baffled by the fact that a nickel was bigger than a dime. They were more baffled by the fact that a $0.05 was called a nickel and $0.10 was a dime. The names made no sense to them. It’s an odd feeling when your in a foreign country using your money but then see others being baffled by something so familiar to me.