Friday, September 6, 2013

El Salvador Full Of Surprises

2013 Convention Theme
Four countries in Central America belong to this English District: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. This was my first year attending and it was full of drama. I'm not talking about the program. *NO SPOILERS*

CIFCO Complex where the convention was held

The only thing I will say is make sure you have tissues. Other than that it's a great program as always.

Since it was my first trip to El Salvador and many of you haven't been yet, I wanted to report back and tell you what it's like. This is the first of a series of posts on my trip.

Everyone was warm and welcoming

There were some exciting creature-comfort type surprises. 

WALMART! Yes, I said Walmart. It may not seem like a big deal to you in the US or Europe but in Central America there are only two countries near to Nicaragua that have one. Costa Rica and El Salvador. 

Maybe you're asking, what does it matter? You can always wait until you fly home to pick things up and bring them back in your luggage.

You're not wrong, however, there are times when you can't carry a specific item in your bag due to weight or size. A full-size Crockpot is one of them.

Other times you run out of something and you need it now but your next flight back is not for 6 months. 

Trust me, Walmart was a fabulous find. I only wish we'd had more time to enjoy it.
"Hmm, where are the biscuits and gravy?"

DENNYS! Yes, diner food. I can't tell you what it's like to miss a Grand Slam breakfast or real hash-browns made to order. REFILLs! I can't tell you how wonderful it was sitting there and reading that off the menu. We don't get refills in Nicaragua.

Then came the other big surprise:

WI-FI! Actual internet access almost everywhere we went. Dennys, Sushi, Walmart, the mall, Bennigans. Everyone had internet! I loved it.
My two favorite signs

AC! Oh yes, there was an air conditioned bus, followed by an air conditioned room at the hotel, followed by an air conditioned restaurant, and an air conditioned convention building. I was cold, but it was a nice change from the sweltering heat of Granada. 
David picked us up from the bus and brought us to our hotel
after we made a few stops. (more pictures of him and his family to come :)

Those were a few of the nice surprises we got in El Salvador of the physical variety.

Watch for my next post where I share some of the experiences with our local brothers in the area.


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