Saturday, February 8, 2014

Random thoughts and a few photos

It is the hora de siesta, you know that delightful afternoon time where there isn't much to do but take a nap in a hammock, then continue napping in your room, then shower and relax in a hammock some more, and I wanted to share some photos and thoughts from the day.  Here is the sunsetting view from our patio:

The highlight of my day was when, on returning from the beach, we encountered a vendedora ambulante selling bags if sliced green mango with salt, spices, and lemon juice.  This is my all time favorite snack and I eagerly bought a bag for 50 cents!    

Other than that, it's been a pleasant day of hammock-reading, beach-tanning, and ocean-swimming.  Observe, the wild monster in his natural hammbitat!

We've been thinking a lot about how much this town has grown in the past two years.  On one hand, it makes us wonder how long ago was it that this place was not more than a tiny fishing village with just a few surfers.  Maybe only 4 or 5 years ago?  And looking forward, how long until this becomes a true resort town?  In two years, will the shack hostels still remain?  Food prices are still very low, though some slightly higher than our previous visit.  A fruit smoothie can cost from $2-4.50!!  A burrito can go for $3-6.  Then again, burritos are not native Salvadoran fare, so perhaps that is already a sign of the tourism changes.

I also just regarded to Matt how easy it is to feel clean after a very quick and simple cold shower.  You guessed it, there isn't hot water here.  It isn't actually cold per sé, it's just not heated.  But a simple soaping and face washing in the cool water does a lot to wash away the heat from the day and leave me ready for some cervezas!  If I can get my husband out of the hammock, that is!

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