Sunday, November 13, 2011


We're off at 9:00 a.m. for another adventure in El Salvador.
 Our monthly--first Monday of the month-- P-Day outing started at
 the El Salvador el Mundo Monument, November 7, 2011.
Left to right: Elder y Hna. Wall--Frank & Diane; Elder y Hna. Gibbons--Dave & Marilyn;
Pte. y Hna. Petersen--Walt & Eileen; Elder y Hna. Thompson--Lon & Nancy;
Elder y Hna. Kitley--Trent & Arlene.
El Salvador el Mundo = The Savior of the World
A serendipity happened when this exuberent class of 16-17 year olds from the San Marcos School came to the Monument and had their photos taken.  A group of the boys told Hermana Thompson they knew English. She asked them how old they were and where they were from.  They decided they didn't know English as well as they thought they did.

Elder Gibbons got this great photo of a 3rd-class bus going by us-- the back of a pickup loaded with passengers. In fact, we thank Elder Gibbons for sharing all these photos since our camera card is frozen and we were not able to take any photos.
We drove through the city center--where we'd been told it was too dangerous to go to.  Notice we "drove through" meaning we did not stop and get out.  It looked like it would be fun to puruse the many sidewalk booths set up as little shops....but we'd been warned not to get out, so we didn't.

On our 2-hour drive to Ilobasco and San Sebastian we stopped to view the Ilopango Lake--which is the crater of an old volcano.
Walt said: "What I enjoy most on these outings is getting out of the city into the beautiful country side."

It was noon when we got to Ilobasco, so of course the first stop was for lunch at Pollo Campestre (the Latin American version of Kentucky Fried Chicken).
Counter clock wise: Walt, Eileen, Lon, Frank, Diane, Nancy, Arlene, Trent, Dave, Marilyn,
aka Pte. y Hna. Petersen, Elder y Hna. Thompson, Elder y Hna. Wall,
Elder y Hna. Kitley, Elder y Hna. Gibbons.  Our mini-bus driver took the photo.
We stopped at a pottery factory ... but it looked like it had long ago passed it's "heyday." We bought some miniature nativity sets for $3.00 no big spending was done here.

"Textiles Barahona" in San Sebastian
This was all in a backyard with chickens and dogs roaming around.
The weaver turned this by hand very quickly and placed the colors down a row each time - fascinating!
These weavers work on these very old home-made looms, 6am to 6pm and get paid $4 a day.
We gathered at this last stop of the day in San Sebastian where we all bought some beautiful textiles that we saw the weaving processes for.  Good thing we hadn't spent much at the pottery city.
Walt and I got 3 beautiful, big tableclothes for $8 each,
and an "El Salvador" bag.
 This family photo popped  up that was taken on June 17, 2011, when we were all gathered for our
50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration.
It's alway great to remember our family.

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