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.

Elizabeth’s Birthday

Hugh & ElizabethBy: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth’s Birthday was Thursday, so we went to Metalio Beach near Sonsonate. We had not been out in a while so we really enjoyed the day.

We had lunch around 1pm, Elizabeth had the fried shrimp with rice and vegetables and I had the fried shrimp with fries and a salad. The food was very good. After lunch we relaxed in the hammocks for a while.

Elizabeth and I took a walk on the beach in the evening and after that we came back and enjoyed the pool for a few hours before heading back home. We stopped at Super Selectos on the way home and brought a Birthday cake for Elizabeth. We really enjoyed the day out.

We have attached some pictures. Hope everyone enjoys them!!

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Cost of living in and around Cara Sucia, El Salvador

DSCN4379By: Hugh C. Talley

We were ask to write a reWe port on living in Cara Sucia and El Salvador in general for another blog site, so we wanted to share this with our followers and readers.

Cost of living in and around Cara Sucia, El Salvador

My name is Hugh Talley, my wife Elizabeth and I retired here in 2011. Elizabeth is from  El Salvador but spent many years in the United States. We started visiting El Salvador in 2004, Elizabeth and I would come for 2-3 week visits a couple of times a year. We decided this is where we wanted to retire, I like the warm weather and the beach, Elizabeth’s family is here so it works for us. I spent 14 years in the U.S. Army and traveled the world, when I got out of the Army; I still managed to travel to many countries. I love to travel so it was very easy for me to relocate to El Salvador even though I still have problems with speaking Spanish, but Elizabeth and many friends help get me through that.

I stay busy with writing, I have two blog sites, our home site that I started in 2012 (lifeofagringoexpatinelsalvador.com), which we use to tell about our life, travels and adventures around El Salvador and our travel site that we just launched in January (paradisetravelelsalvador.com) that we set up to help people that are interested in visiting or relocating to El Salvador.

The procedures for a U.S. citizen to move here is not very hard if they are married to a Salvadoran but it is more complicated if they are not, like I said Elizabeth is Salvadoran, so it was not to difficult for me, I received my temporary resident card in about 4 months and I was approved and received my permanent resident card in 2012, which is good for 5 years, at that time I can renew it or apply for citizenship here. I did use a lawyer and I paid about $1200.00 for the service.

Elizabeth and I decided to live in Cara Sucia because this is where her family live. Cara Sucia is close to the beach and the mountains, it is about 2 hours from San Salvador, so it works for us. Cara Sucia is much cheaper then San Salvador to rent or build a home, you can find places to rent for $80.00 – up depending on what you want, you can build a nice American style home, appx. 3000 sq.ft. for under $80,000.00, this is all concrete and brick, no sheet rock; cost in the states would be about $600,000+. This is not counting the cost of the land. Where we live we have our own well so there is no water cost. Electric is about 0.21 KWh. If you have a large home with air condition and live American style, you will pay $150.00 to $225.00 per month. Gas for cooking is about $10.00 per tank. Gas for your car is $2.57 per gallon right now but as you know this goes with the world market and it usually cost a little more here than in the States.

The cost of food here averages out close to the cost in the states, your fresh fruits and vegetables are much cheaper here if you buy them at the open market. American food products cost about the same as in the states and you have to go to stores like Super Selectos, Wal-Mart or PriceSmart (a store like Sam’s Club) to get them. We usually go to San Salvador to Wal-Mart and PriceSmart once a month and buy the rest local, our food bill usually is around $400.00 a month.

Eating out here is about the same as in the U.S., fast food places like Wendy’s,  Burger king and Pizza Hut is just about the same menu and price as the states, if you go to a really nice restaurant for a steak dinner it will cost you about $50.00 – $60.00 for two people. You can go to the local beach and have a nice fish dinner for about $8.00. There are a lot of nice eating places here from the local foods up to the fine dining.

There are many things to do and see here in El Salvador, we have some of the best beaches in the world, there is swimming, surfing, fishing and sailing to name a few.  If you like history, there are museums, pyramids and many ruins to see. There is the Route of the Flowers which take you up into the mountains from Sonsonate, through villages specializing in arts and crafts. There are so many things to do and see in El Salvador that it is hard to name them all.

We love El Salvador and plan on staying here indefinitely, I miss some of our family that is in the U.S. but I do not miss the states that much.

We hope this helps people to understand El Salvador and we hope they will come for a visit and see this beautiful country and what it has to offer.

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InterNations El Salvador

DSCN4253 By Hugh C. Talley

We posted this on our travel blog, Paradise Travel (paradisetravelelsalvador.com) last week but we wanted to reach all of our followers so we are posting it on our home site.

InterNations is an online community for people who live and work abroad, they are in more than 300 countries around the world. InterNations members are able to meet and interact with other expats living abroad with comparable interests and needs. In El Salvador they usually meet once a month in or around San Salvador for dinner and a sort of meet and greet opportunity. I think this is a very good organization and a great resource for anyone thinking about visiting, working, or living abroad, basic membership is free so it is really worthwhile to join.  I am a member of the group in San Salvador; I joined about three years ago.

My friend Adonay and I attended the first get-together for this year on Wednesday night,  it was held at BacaDel Obo Restaurant in San Salvador, it was a great turn out and we met a lot of nice people from El Salvador and from around the world. The food was very good, Adonay had the fish and shrimp platter and I had the calamari and a salad.

I again would like to highly recommend to anyone interested in visiting or living abroad to join InterNations, it is a great group and the basic membership is free.

We have attached some pictures from our get-together, please leave comments and or questions, Elizabeth and I always enjoy hearing from you.

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Tropical Fruits of El Salvador

Hugh & Elizabeth By Hugh C. Talley

Our bananas and papayas are getting ripe and the mangoes are not far behind. I enjoyed bananas from our trees on my cereal this morning and we enjoy eating them with a glass of cold milk. The fruits are so much better when you get them fresh off of the tree. Elizabeth is making banana nut bread and a banana cream pie which I know that we will enjoy.
Elizabeth loves the papayas, she cuts them up and puts them in the refrigerator to get cold, then she snacks off of them all day. The mangoes are starting to come on the trees, Elizabeth likes to take the small green ones and cut them up with salt, I prefer them ripe and I like to make juice with them. This year we are going to have an abundance of them, we have more mango trees then you can count on our property.
We also have a lot of Nancy trees, they are blooming now and we will have the fruit very soon. The Nancy is a type of plum and is very sweet when ripe, but is very bitter when it is not ripe. We usually eat them right off of the trees. It is a favorite here in El Salvador.
We have added some pictures from our property with the fruits. We enjoy hearing from you so please leave comments.
I would like to add that our sister site is up, paradisetravelelsalvador.com please check it out and sign up for the site with your email and if you know anyone thinking about visiting El Salvador show them the site. Elizabeth and I thank you so much for your help and support.

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Happy New Year

Hugh & Elizabeth By: Hugh C. Talley

Happy New Year 2015
Elizabeth and I want to wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. It has been a great year for our blog site and we are looking forward to 2015! Thank you to all of our followers on our blog site, on Twitter, on Face Book and on all of the travel sites that we are on.

We would also like to ask you to check out and sign up for our new site Paradise Travel, we think this will be a great help for people who want and need more information on visiting and living in El Salvador. The site is http://paradisetravel.lifeofagringoexpatinelsalvador.com you can also link to it from this site.
Thank you again and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!!!!

Merry Christmas

Hugh & Elizabeth By: Hugh C. Talley

Merry Christmas!!!
Elizabeth and I would like to wish all of our followers a very Merry Christmas!!! We thank each and every one of you for following our blog and connecting with us on Face Book, Twitter and the other travel sites that we are on.

We would also like to inform you that we have just launched a new blog site, Paradise Travel,URL : http://paradisetravel.lifeofagringoexpatinelsalvador.com
We just created it, so we are still working on the set up. On this site we will offer Tours Designed by You, our consultant services on travel, relocation, legal, medical services and just about anything to do with El Salvador. We will do a post and let you know when this service is completely set up and running.

We would also like to mention that have added a link to Hub Web hosting on our site. Hub Web Hosting is the host site we decided on when we created our blog back in August of 2012 and we have never regretted it, they have always been there when we needed them on the phone, emails or their on line chat service, they are fast and very efficient with any problem you may have, mine was mostly just not knowing what to do. So if you are looking into setting up a blog or web site, we defiantly recommend looking at Host Web Hosting.

Again we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!! from Hugh & ElizabeththCARIUOCK











Our Home 2014

Hugh & Elizabeth  By: Hugh C. Talley


This is a yearly post we do to show the improvements and the growth of our home flowers, trees and plants from one year to the next.
Our coconut trees and banana trees really grew this past year, of course we had a good rainy season which really helped. The plants and flowers also really flourished, They are really beautiful and we enjoy sitting on the front porch and admiring them. Elizabeth and I have really been blessed here in El Salvador and we enjoy the life here.
We have attached some pictures that we hope you will enjoy. We thank everyone for reading our blog and giving us support and feedback.

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La Pampa Argentina Restaurante

Hugh & Elizabeth By: Hugh C. Talley

Last Tuesday, Elizabeth and I were invited by our friend Kryssia to visit her in San Salvador and we had a very enjoyable day. Kryssia took us to lunch at the La Pampa Argentina Restaurante, this restaurant is located near the San Salvador Volcano known as “Quetzaltepec”.
There are several La Pampa restaurants in and around San Salvador; this was our first time visiting one of them. The restaurant was very nice and the grounds surrounding the restaurant were beautiful and had wonderful scenic views of the city and the mountains.
We ordered the New York strip steak, with a garden salad, grilled vegetables and baked potato. We had the frozen strawberry for our beverage.This was a great meal, the food was excellent. The price was about $24.00 per person including a 10% tip. After our meal we spent time enjoying the scenic views and the well kept grounds. We would definitely recommend this restaurant for the fine food and the scenery; it was very beautiful and peaceful. We thank Kryssia for showing us this beautiful restaurant.
We have attached pictures. We thank you for reading our blog. Please feel free and you are encouraged to send us your thoughts and or comments.

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The Port of Acajutla

Hugh & Elizabeth By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I decided to take a day trip yesterday, it had been awhile since we have had a chance to get out and enjoy ourselves. We went to see the Port of Acajutla. This port is about 45 minutes from our home.
The Port of Acajutla is El Salvador’s main port. On the country’s northwestern Pacific coast, the deep-water Port of Acajutla handles huge volumes of El Salvador’s exports of coffee, sugar, and balsam.
The Port of Acajutla is home to El Salvador’s biggest oil refinery that refines petroleum from Venezuela, a fertilizer plant, and several seafood- and shell-processing plants. Tourists are coming to the Port of Acajutla in increasing numbers to enjoy its beautiful beaches. In 2005, over 26 thousand people called the Port of Acajutla home.
We were not able to get up close to where they load and unload the containers from the ships because of the safety and security restrictions, but we could see from a distance and it was very interesting. We also went down to where the fishermen bring in their daily catch of fish, shrimp and other seafood. The seafood is processed and sold to local restaurants and people daily so it is always fresh.
Elizabeth and I had to sample some of the seafood while here, so we had a late lunch at Restaurante Acajutla. Elizabeth had the breaded shrimp, salad and steamed vegetables and I had the breaded shrimp, French fries and salad. The food was excellent, we enjoyed it very much. The shrimp were large; when I first saw them I thought they had brought me fried chicken. I thought the cost was reasonable our meal with drinks and appetizers was only, $41.00 including the normal tip. We would highly recommend this restaurant to visitors.
We have attached some pictures of the visit that we hope you will enjoy and as always please let us hear from you with comments and/or questions.




















































4th of July 2014

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Elizabeth and I had a quiet 4th of July, we spent the day at our home working in the yard. In the evening I barbecued ribs on the grill, Elizabeth made homemade potato salad and baked beans, this was very good and we enjoyed the quiet time. There was quite a thunder storm at night so we enjoyed nature’s fireworks of thunder and lightning, it was very beautiful. We enjoed this 4th of July very much. I have added some pictures. We hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July.