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Thursday 9th November 2006

El Salvador

After some "quiet" farewell drinks on Friday, a hungover climb up Volcano Pacaya on Saturday (the lava flow was extremely spectacular) and goodbyes to our host families we hit the road to El Salvador on Sunday morning! After a brief stop to change buses in the Capital Guatemala City we headed South in a rusty old coach towards the border.

The bus ride wasn´t too bad at all and the border crossing was chaotic as expected. We arrived in the capital San Salvador and caught another bus to the coastal town of la Liberdad. Darkness was descending and the streets were dodgy as hell. We hopped in the back of a ute and headed North to the El Zonte beach. It was Frank and I and a local kid in the back of the truck and during the ride the kid tried to go through Frank´s backpack with the intent of stealing stuff. We caught him in the act and Frank gave him a swift slap across the head! Little bandit!

We spent the next couple of days chilling on the beach. The surf was great so we rented some surfboards which was awesome! The surf was quite big and the waves consistently good! Awesome times!

The owner of the place we were staying at was heading to the Capital so he gave us a lift and dropped us off right at the bus terminal where we got a bus to the small town of Suchitoto. There wasn´t much action there but it had a nice town square a cool lake and friendly locals. While we were sitting in the main square planning the next day´s travels about 4 people came up and had a chat with us ... good times! We were the only tourists in sight and the locals would literally point and stare at us with loacal school girls often waving and giggling as they walked past.

Next stop .. Honduras




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