Well, the day has finally arrived. I’m heading back to El Salvador. It’s been almost 2 years and that was long enough. I’m ready to get back down there. Also on the mission trip are Michelle and Maggy from church.
Now, it was Michelle’s job to pick the flights, and even though I agree it was a good idea to leave early, I still have a hard time with a 5:45am flight. I dragged my halfway asleep body out of bed at 4:00am and managed to be out of the house by 4:15am. My parents graciously took me the airport and didn’t even make smart remarks about how early they had to get up. However, I believe Maggy was up around 3:00am and got to Michelle’s house by 3:40am.
We all made it to the airport and got the bags checked with only minor difficulties. Then away we went. I have to admit, most of the plane ride from Des Moines to Houston is a complete blur. I did get myself a little snack box but after I ate that I promptly fell asleep. And about as soon as we stepped off the airplane in Houston we got back onto another departing for San Salvador. I also missed most of this flight because I was sleeping. Michelle and Maggy woke me up when we got to the gate. Customs was a breeze and Katherine, the mission co-worker, was there waiting for us. She called up Alfredo, the man who drives us around San Salvador, and we were off!
My delicious and healthy snack
At the airport in San Salvador
Pushing our heavy bags
The first place we went was the Military Museum. I was excited since I’ve never been to the Military Museum before. It was a different view than what we usually get when we travel to sites in El Salvador. Usually we see things from the guerilla/peasant/poverty stricken side of view. Going to the museum granted us an opportunity to see things from a different perspective: the military/government perspective.
To the best of my understanding, the museum has information, paintings, photos, and artifacts from the Spanish inquisition to El Salvador’s Independence to the Civil War (1980-1992) to present day.
Entrance to the Military Museum
Made in the USA
Used to transport personnel and logistical supplies
during the internal conflict
(p.s. When they say "internal conflict" they
actually mean the Salvadoran Civil War)
Made in the USA
Used by the army during the internal conflict of
1980-1992 to transport personnel
The infamous Popemobile
Used to transport John Paul on two different occasions
The Spanish Inquisition
The Cry for Independence
Painting of the 100-day Soccer War
between El Salvador and Honduras
Domingo Monterrosa Barrios
Mastermind of a massacre that killed 1000 people
The Atlacatl Batallion
Salvadoran death squads trained by the USA
1992 Peace Accords that ended the Civil War
Giant map of El Salvador at the museum
The eastern part of El Salvador
#1102 is Berlin!
After the museum we retired to Los Pinos Guest House. After settling in we all immediately jumped onto our computers to let people know we’d arrived. Not long after arriving we walked a short ways down the road to the restaurant “El Sopon Tipico” I ordered a Suprema (Salvadoran beer) and shrimp. The food was delicious and the conversation was wonderful. Afterwards we treated ourselves to some Salvadoran ice cream then walked back to the hotel. It’s been a long day and we have a big week ahead of us.
We scream for ice cream!