About Hugh Talley

About Hugh Talley — Retired

Hello, (Hola,) My name is Hugh, I am 63 years old and have spent a great part of my life traveling the world. I spent 14 years in the United States Army which gave me the opportunity to visit and live in many countries. I have worked most of my life in logistics and fleet management. I retired in October of 2011.

My wife, Liz, is from El Salvador. I met her and fell in love with her when she came to work for the company that I worked for in September of 2000 and we were married in November of 2004.

I came for my first visit to El Salvador in March of 2004 and fell in love with the country right away. Liz and I would visit the country 2-3 times a year and I would always feel peaceful, calm and revitalized from the visit. I love what the country has to offer, the wonderful people, the beaches, the mountains, the beautiful sites and the history to name a few.

I retired in October,2011 and we relocated here in El Salvador in November,2011 to start our new life. I think that this is a beautiful country and a wonderful people with a lot of potential and opportunity that is overlooked by many people.

Communicating From El Salvador

 

 

By: Hugh C. Talley

 

Communicating from El Salvador.I was ask to write on the topic on how we keep in touch with our family and friends while living in El Salvador for Expat.com. Expat.com is a blog site for expats around the world. We have a link to them on our home page. I want to shear this topic on our blog.

Here in El Salvador there are several ways that we communicate and keep in touch with family and friends in the U.S. and Canada. Elizabeth and I use Magic-jack which we purchased in the U.S. before coming over and set it up with a U.S. phone number, so we can make calls to the U.S. and Canada through the internet with no fee other than the yearly fee that Magic-jack charges. I think that anyone retiring or traveling overseas should use this.

We also use email, which I would think everyone living or traveling overseas would use.

There are many options for a Mobil phone here in El Salvador. We use Movistar, because this is the one that we get the best reception from here in Cara Sucia. We just go to a local store and buy time for our phones, $5,$10 or what ever you want. Movistar offers a plan of 150 minutes to the U.S. and Canada for $3.00, once you have put time on your phone you can text Movistar and they deduct it from your dollar amount and add the package to your phone. but you must use it in 10 days from purchase or you lose it, which is no problem for me.

I also use messenger on Facebook and Skype. There are many options that we can use here in El Salvador to keep in touch with the rest of the world.

Elizabeth and I hope that you find this interesting and helpful. We appreciate that you follow us on our life in El Salvador.

Please hit the like button and leave us your comments.

El Salvador – Summer Season Starts

 

 

 

By: Hugh C. Talley

We are starting our summer, which is six months of dry with little or no rain. The summer is not much different from the winter. The temperatures about the same, which is always hot. The worst problem with this is, the grass, plants and flowers need to be watered to keep them alive.

We had a very wet season this year. This was good for our trees and plants, we have coconuts, bananas, papayas and limes on our trees and we will be getting mangos before long.

You may notice in the pictures that we have covered the papayas with plastic, this is because the birds, especially wood pickers love to eat them when they are near ripe.

Elizabeth and I are working on some new projects and hope to focus on some new areas of interest for you. We hope to add some video to our blog post. Please leave us a commit and  let us know your thoughts on this.

Please hit the like button and leave us a commit telling us what your interest are in El Salvador, such as travel, the beach, investment, work, retirement or historical sites, just let us know so we can research and post on what you like.

Elizabeth and I are so grateful for all of you who enjoy and follow our blog. When we started this blog in 2012 we had no idea that we would have over 11,000 subscribers from all over the world. Elizabeth and I are very happy that so many of you are interested in this beautiful country.

We have attached some pictures of our property around our home, we hope you enjoy them.

Tribute to My Dad

 

 

 

 

By: Hugh C. Talley

This post is not about El Salvador, Today would have been my Dad’s 107th Birthday and I just want to remember him. I hope that my blog followers will understand. This is a way to get this out to all my family and friends. Thank you.

Tribute to My Dad
My Dad, Conway B. Talley, would have been 107 years old today, I just wanted to remember him on this day. I think of him a lot and I sure miss his words of wisdom, when I was young I used to think he did not understand the world that I was living in, but the older I get the more I see that he was very wise, and he understood exactly how things were, it was me that did not understand.

My Dad was a painter by trade, he was a very good and sort after sign painter and he was a house painter, one of the best around. I remember him taking me with him when I was very young, maybe seven or eight years old, he taught me to do the trim work, around the windows and baseboards. I enjoyed those days and I truly miss them today, it seems like the years just flew by.
I just want to say Happy Birthday Dad, I love you and really miss you.

My Reflections In El Salvador

Reflections on My Life: Hugh C. Talley

My Reflections

This morning I was on my blog site trying to get inspired to write a post. I reviewed our followers, something that I had not done in a while, we had 11,011 followers from all around the world. When We started this blog, we did not think there would be this much interest in El Salvador. I feel very grateful to each one of you. I am going to refocus and make some changes, hopefully for the better. I will be doing another post soon, outlining some of my ideas and the things I would like to accomplish in the coming year. We would also like to hear from you, our followers, on what you would like to know and have us write about in El Salvador.

I have been reflecting on my life, the past few months, this year has been depressing for me, we have had some health issues, we have lost some loved ones and somethings that we were hoping to achieve when we retired here, we have not been able to accomplish.

I now realize how blessed that I am, I had major heart surgery last year here in El Salvador, I had seen three heart specialists since I retired here, I did not feel that I would live through the operation with any of them (I had Constrictive Pericarditis). I then found Dr. Mauricio Centeno, from our first meeting, I was at peace and trusted him. Dr. Centeno, saved my life, if I had not have had the operation they said I could not have lived another year.

I have a beautiful wife, a very nice home, I can live nice on my Social Security, which I would not be able to do in the states. I have family that loves me, and I retired in a wonderful country that I enjoy very much.

In the following I just want to reflect on my journey to El Salvador.

My wife, Elizabeth, is from El Salvador. I met her and fell in love with her when she came to work for the company that I worked for in September of 2000 and we were married in November of 2004.

I came for my first visit to El Salvador in March of 2004, I had been warned by Elizabeth and many other people that I would not like or enjoy El Salvador, for many reasons, it is a poor country, it is dangerous, it is very hot and humid, the culture is very different from the United States, the list went on and on.

I started my journey in world travel at the age of 20 years, when I joined the U.S. Army, I spent the next 14 years living in Europe, Asia and many states in the United states that I had never visited, after leaving the Army, I continued to travel as much as possible, going to Europe and West Africa. I found that every country that I visited had its own unique beauty and culture, there were some unpleasant experiences, but the good far outweigh the bad every time. El Salvador proved to be the same.

When I first arrived in 2004, I was pleased to find that San Salvador had a modern and very efficient airport, something that many countries I had visited did not have. As for the heat, yes, it is very warm here, but I prefer the heat to the cold, the culture is very different, but anyone that travels expect that, yes, it is a poor country for most of the people, but most people here are happy, and they work hard. I think things are improving, but it takes time. Yes, there are dangerous places here, but you have that everywhere in the world especially in today’s world, most of the homicides, you hear and read about are gang on gang violence, the news does not bother to tell that part of it, it is just like anywhere else in the world, there are areas you stay away from. I have lived here for 6 years now and have had no major problems and I thank God for that.

I love El Salvador, I love what the country has to offer, the wonderful people, the beaches, the mountains, the beautiful sites and the history to name a few, I think that this is a beautiful country and a wonderful people with a lot of potential and opportunity that is overlooked by many people.

I would like to ask for your replies and suggestions. It is very important for us to hear from you, it will help us to understand what is important to you, what you would like to know about and see in our post. Please take the time to give us your thoughts. We feel very blessed to have so many followers. We wish you happiness and joy in your life and travels.

De Cameron Beach Resort October 2017

 

By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I visited the De Cameron beach resort here in El Salvador this past week. This was our third visit to this resort, we were not very impressed with our first two visits. We did not like the check in and check out process, your check in is at 3pm the day you arrive and the checkout is 1pm the day you are to leave, when we arrived at the gate there was a long line of cars and you had to wait, they would not let you on the property until 3pm, so by the time you got through the gate and parked, it was at least 3:30pm, then we were sent to a waiting area where we had to wait for them to call our name, for us this was another 20 minutes, they then processed you, assigned you a room and gave you a room key, by the time you were in your room it was about 4pm.

I also did not care for the food, there were few options.

The grounds were beautiful and will kept. The rooms were clean and maintained, so that was a positive. There are pools through out the resort and they are will maintained.

When you were to check out that was another 45 minutes to an hour, it was just not organized. Like I said this was my previous visits.

This visit was totally different, we arrived early, thinking we would have to wait in line to go through the gate, to our surprise they let us through, we parked and went to a holding area where they had hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks while we waited. At about 2:40 they started processing, it was very efficient and we were in our room by 3:10pm.

We were allowed to book dinner at one of the specialty restaurants, which we were not allowed to do on the arrival day in the past. The staff were very courteous and helpful. The food at the buffet and at the specialty restaurants was very good to great.

When check out time arrived, again it was very efficient and we were through it in about 10 minutes. These were all great improvements, before I would have rated this resort with a 3 on a scale of 1-10, this time I would rate it a 10, we really enjoyed our stay.
I would like to give some details of this stay.

Elizabeth and I arrived on Sunday afternoon and we stayed until Wednesday afternoon.

On Sunday afternoon, we went for a walk and I hit the pool, they have many beautiful pools on the grounds. I had enjoyed a few beers and around 6pm we returned to our room and dressed for dinner, we had a 6:45 reservation at the sea food restaurant. We ordered the salmon with capers, it was delicious, everything was perfect. After dinner, we went to the main bar area, Elizabeth enjoyed her juice and I enjoyed a few more cold beers as we enjoyed watching the ocean and the sky filled with stars, it was beautiful and very relaxing. We went to our room about 11pm, this was a very nice day. I would add, our room was very nice.

On Monday morning we were up early, we went to lobby and made reservations for dinner at the Italian & Thai restaurant.

We then went for breakfast at the buffet area, here they have mostly Salvadoran with some American food. They have eggs to order, omelets, scrambled or over easy. You have a choice rice, potatoes, beans, different types of bread. it was very good.

After breakfast, we walked around the resort and took in the many sites, we took some great pictures. We lounged on the beach and enjoyed the ocean. We were in the pool by 11am and I spent most of the day there, I love the pool. We had lunch at one of the several food stations around the resort, hamburgers and fries. After lunch Elizabeth went to the room and rested and I was back in the pool, talked to other guest, and just relaxed and enjoyed the day.

At dinner I had the Italian chicken with tomato sauce and Elizabeth had a Thai dish, chicken & noodles with a sauce. After dinner, again we walked along the beach and enjoyed the night. We also enjoyed the nightly entertainment, tonight was a Caribbean dance group, they were very good.

Tuesday our day was very much the same, except we enjoyed dinner at the steak house, I had the baby beef, with potatoes and vegetables and Elizabeth had the specialty fish with vegetables, we both enjoyed the food very much. After dinner, we took in the entertainment, a Mexican dance group.

Wednesday, we were up early, enjoyed breakfast, walked along the beach and I was in the pool by 10am. We had lunch and packed up, we signed out at 1pm, they gave us a card where we could stay and enjoy the resort until 3pm, but we left for home.
This was a great time and we really enjoyed it and the improvements they have made are great. I just want to add that this resort is all-inclusive, so you do not pay for your food, drinks or entertainment, they have shows nightly, they have a movie theater, a gym, bicycles, a night club that is open until 2am and many other things to do.

I have attached some pictures, I hope you enjoy them.

Elizabeth and I would enjoy hearing from you, so please leave us your comments. Thank you for reading our blog.

Relaxing

 

 

 

 

Ocean View

 

Ocean View

 

 

Dinner at Italian Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HELLO

By Hugh Talley

I want to apologize to all of my followers for not posting any new post this year. It has been a rough year for me, I have been sick a lot, I have had a lot of depression, and I lost a daughter in an auto accident in Florida. I am starting to feel a little better now, but I am still having some medical issues.

My wife Elizabeth and I just spent a few days at the De Cameron beach resort and I am putting together a blog post on this, I hope to have it posted today or tomorrow. Again, I am sorry for not posting sooner.

Hugh

Hugh’s Birthday 2016

December 28th was my Birthday, I am another year older, but I am not sure I am any wiser, maybe a little.
I had a great Birthday thanks to Elizabeth, our family, friends and the many family and friends who sent me good wishes on face book and e-mails.
Elizabeth prepared a great lunch for me, our family and friends that are here with us. We had roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, corn pudding and she baked me my favored cake, a cherry nut cake. It was a great meal and a fun day. I think that everyone enjoyed it, I know that I did. I am still enjoying turkey sandwiches.
After everyone had left that night I was able to talk by phone, to my daughter Marisol, my son-in law Alex and my son Matthew in the states. I really enjoyed my Birthday this year. I felt better than I have in years, I thank God for all of my blessings, which are many. I am looking forward to the new year.
We are adding some pictures from my Birthday lunch. We would like to thank you all for your support. Please leave your comments and questions and we will get back to you soon.
Hugh & Elizabeth

El Jardin de Celeste

 By: Hugh C. Talley
Elizabeth, her sister, Chata and I was in Ahuachapan last week o the 22nd of December and we stopped to have lunch at Restaurant El Jardin de Celeste (The blue Garden), this is a beautiful restaurant located on the route of the flowers.
Elizabeth and Chata had the beef tenderloin and I had the breast of chicken with mushroom sauce for dessert, Elizabeth and Chata had the macadamia nut pie,  I had the cheese cake with strawberries. The food, the service and the prices were excellent. We would highly recommend this restaurant. They also have very nice cabins that you can rent, starting at $55.00 a night, this is a wonderful area, the climate is much cooler and less humid than along the coast.
 We have posted some pictures of our visit.
Please leave us your comments or suggestions. Elizabeth and I also want to thank all of you who read and follow our post.

Decameron Beach Resort

 By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I was able to visit the Decameron Beach Resort during my recovery. The resort grounds are beautiful, clean and will kept. The pools are very nice. The room we stayed in was clean and comfortable with a nice view. They have the main restaurant, the ChackBalam Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, buffet style. The food is mostly the local Salvadoran cuisine. The food here is fair but not great, if you are not there early in the meal, it gets pretty picked over. They also have five specialty restaurants but you have to be in the lobby by 6am to sign up for the dinner meal and they book up very fast. We did not get to dine at any of these because we did not understand that we had to sign up by 6am to do this. There are four bars on the beach and one disco bar. The bars on the beach serve drinks, beer and mixed drinks from about 11am to 2am. The beer is Pilsener, which is one of the local brands, I like it, but a lot of people do not. The drinks are made with off brand lacquer, but again they are not bad for the most part..I would advise you to bring your own insulated cup because they serve you in very small plastic cups. I should mention that Decameron is all inclusive so all food and drinks are included in the price.

We enjoyed our stay there, but the draw backs were the check in, which took over an hour, the food was fair but could have been a lot better, and they did not inform us that we had to sign up by 6am for the five specialty restaurants. The pluses were the rooms were clean and comfortable, the grounds are will kept and beautiful, the pools are really big ad very nice. The service was really good, and it is all inclusive. We plan to go back for another visit to give it a fair chance, but at this point, we have visited other places here that we like much better.

The location is Acajutla, Sonsonate – El Salvador, this is about an hours drive our home in Cara Sucia..

We have added some pictures that we took at the resort, I was still recovering from my surgery so I did not get all the pictures I would have liked to.

We hope you enjoy this post, it is my first since my surgery. I hope to be writing more very soon.

We always enjoy your comments and suggestions, so please let us hear from you. We also want to think all of our readers and followers for your support.

I Am Back

 By: Hugh C. Talley

I am glad to say that my doctor has released me back to a normal life style. I went through a series of test week before last which included, x-rays, blood test and an electrocardiogram, everything come back normal, my heart is back to normal size, is functioning normal and the swelling in my abdomen, legs and feet has gone away. My doctor says I am doing fine and I do not have to go back for 3 months unless I have problems.

I plan on getting back to my blog posting soon. I am looking at maybe making some changes to my site in the near future, I am weighing my options on this and will keep you posted.

I want to thank all of my followers who wished me good health and recovery, this really meant a lot to me.

I have added some pictures of my time in the hospital and recovery. The hospital was very bad, but the doctors were very good, in fact great, I do not think there are any better in the world. I can not say enough about my main doctor, Dr. Mauricio Ventura Centeno, God truly blessed him with great knowledge and skills, I would highly recommend him to anyone with heart problems.

I will be doing a blog post very soon. Elizabeth and I thank you all and God Bless.