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

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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.

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4th of July 2014

DSCN2019 By: Hugh C. Talley

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.

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Return Visit to Route of the Flowers

Hugh & Elizabeth By: Hugh C. Talley

Last Saturday afternoon Elizabeth and I decided to take another break from the heat and head to the mountains. We went to Sonsonate and picked up Route of The Flowers. Once you head toward Ahuachapan you feel the temperature cooling down, as I have said before this is a very beautiful and comfortable area of El Salvador.

Our first stop was Apaneca, this is the second-highest town in El Salvador (1450m) and is a very quiet little town, there was not much happening in town but it is a very beautiful area. There are some locally crafted furniture shops that are very nice. We learned that this area is noted for some of the best coffee in the world. They have places that rent 4-wheelers if you like off road and mountain trail adventures. This area is also noted for hiking and camping.
We then went to visit the Iglesia San Andres which is one of the oldest churches in the country; it was destroyed in the 2001 earthquake, but is being restored. It was here that we met two little brothers that had lost their Mother and Father in an accident. They were sitting in the church by their self and when we come in they said Hola and started talking to Elizabeth, they ask her for 2 pennies and she said why do you want 2 pennies that won’t buy anything and he said We need 5 dollars for our school uniforms and if you give us 2 pennies and some other people give us 2 pennies soon we will have enough for our uniforms. We could see that they were sincere, so we talked to them more and found out that they lived with their Grandmother but she was very old and they mostly took care of her. We took them to a restaurant and brought them lunch, after lunch we gave them 5 dollars each for their school uniforms, they were so grateful and happy it was like seeing a child at Christmas in the states. This was very rewarding for us also. We do plan to go back and visit them and see how they are getting along.

Elizabeth and I went to a Restaurant a little further up the route that we had heard was very good, “Las Flores De Eloisa”. They had beautiful flower gardens and it was decorated with antiques. They also had cabins for rent from $44-$71. They were all full because of a wedding party so we could not see what they looked like.

Elizabeth ordered the steak and vegetables and I ordered the grilled steak with potatoes and corn on the cob, I had the strawberry frozen and Elizabeth had the mango frozen for our drinks. I wished that we had eat where we brought the boys their lunch on a scale of 1-5 I would give this restaurant a 2.5. There are much better restaurants on this route.

Our next stop was the town of Ataco a small colonial town with cobblestone streets, a colonial church and is surrounded by beautiful coffee plantations. This day there was folk music in the park and the vendors were selling typical drinks and food. There are many shops that sell many hand crafts such as sculptures, embroidery, candles, paintings and much more. The outside of the shops and restaurants are painted in beautiful pictures of many colors. There is a handicraft shop named Diconte & Axul has a variety of crafts, textile art and they have local artisans that make colorful fabrics using treadle looms. You can purchase these fabrics from $6 to $10 a yard. This is a great place to see.

After this we made a quick visit to the Ave Maria church, they had a celebration going on so we did not stay long.

It was getting late and an evening rain was moving in so we started home. Elizabeth and I both had a feeling of enjoyment from our travels on this day.
I have attached pictures that we took, as always any comments or questions please contact us, we love to hear from you.

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The Route of the Flowers ( Ruta de las Flores )

DSCN2019By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I decided to go to the mountains for some cooler weather this week, so we took a day trip and decided to explore the Route of the Flowers. The Route of the Flowers will take you on a journey through six small colonial towns in the most mountainous region of El Salvador.

The climate is much cooler and the natural beauty is really something to see, the dense forests, the wild flowers, the waterfalls, the coffee plantations, and the archaeological sites will show you another side of El Salvador and you will see there is much more to the country then the beautiful beaches.

As you travel along the Route of the Flowers, you will find authentic arts and crafts and meet the people that make them, colonial architecture and cobblestone streets, local and international cuisine. This is truly an enriching experience.

We were only able to visit two of the six small towns, we started late and there is a lot to see. We do plan to return soon and maybe take an overnight trip to finish visiting the towns without having to rush.

We started our trip from the city of Sonsonate, we took CA-8 that goes from Sonsonate to Ahuachapan (the signs will say Ruta de las Flores). Our first stop was Nahuizalco, a very beautiful town with mostly an indigenous population. The town has a colonial church that was built in the seventeenth century. The main income for this town is the artisan industry of natural fibers: wood, wicker, tulle (a fabric made of net), henequen (fiber of an agave, used for making ropes, & course fabrics, ect.) There are many vendors here selling their handmade crafts and they are much cheaper than buying them at the airport or souvenir shops.
Nahuizalco has a guided walking tour that is well worth taking. Elizabeth and I really enjoyed this little town.

Our next stop was Salcoatitan, called the city of artists. The name Salcoatitan means “God of Wind and Star of the Dawn” in the Mayan language. The Pipils founded Salcoatitan. This town is where the country’s first coffee plantations developed in the 1860s and is still the town’s primary economic income.

As you enter the town there is a huge Ceiba tree, they say it is over 300 years old and only flowers every 7 years. The Maya believed that the ceiba was the axis of the world and the channel of communication between the world of people and the world of gods. Scholars also say the ceiba is the tree of life and connects the sky above with the water below. I am not sure about all of this but, I will say this was a huge beautiful tree.

We went into the town next and across from the central square, there is a beautiful colonial church that dates back to1824. part of the church has recently been restored.

Next, we made a visit to a museum “Germinal” which has only been open for 6 months. The museum has many very old printing presses, most of them are from the United States and Europe and they are all in working order. They were all used here in El Salvador in the early years. We found this very interesting. This museum also has many woodcarvings on display from a local artist, there are many beautiful things to see, they have quite a selection of his work for sale, and the price is very reasonable.

There is much to see in this town and we really enjoyed our visit, but it was getting late and we were hungry so we went to find a restaurant.
We headed toward Ahuachapan and we come across a mountain resort named “Santa Leticia” this is a beautiful place, they have19 double rooms, 2 swimming pools for hotel guests, a private archaeological park and a restaurant with capacity for 250 people with a menu of local and international cuisine. The rooms are nice and run about $80.00 a night.

Elizabeth and I headed to the restaurant; it was very large and very nice. I ordered the grilled steak, breaded shrimp and French fries with the house salad. Elizabeth ordered the grilled chicken salad. I had a strawberry frozen to drink and Elizabeth had a local drink. I also had strawberry ice cream for dessert. The food was good but not great, the service good. The price was high for this area, $ 46.00.

Elizabeth and I now headed home; we had a very nice day and enjoyed the trip very much. We plan to go back and pick up where we left off; we still have four more towns to visit on “The Route of the Flowers”.

We have attached some pictures from our trip, we hope you enjoy them. Please leave us questions or comments and we will get back to you.

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El Salvador Has Elected A New President

DSCN2019 By: Hugh C. Talley

El Salvador’s electoral court declared FMLN candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren the winner of the presidential election on Friday. The election was on Sunday 9th of March, but it was so close they did not declare the winner until Yesterday.

In my post on February 2, my prediction was that it would be a very close election and I was right, the final count was 50.11% for FMLN and 49.89% for ARENA.

I would like to congratulate Mr. Ceren and wish him the best. My hope is that Mr. Ceren will govern as a moderate and not move to far left. El Salvador is a great country with wonderful people and I wish them much success.

Please leave your questions and or comments and I will get back to you.

FMLN Election 2014 El Salvador’s New Elected President: Salvador Sanchez Ceren.

Visit to Termales de Santa Teresa

Hugh & Elizabeth  By: Hugh Talley

Elizabeth and I took a day trip to Termales de Santa Teresa yesterday; this is a resort and hotel located in the mountains of Ahuachapan/Apaneca. There are many thermal pools here and they are adding more. They say the thermal pools have been used for more than 100 years for healing effects.
We did not go into the pools this trip because we did not bring our swimsuits but we do want to return and try them. I touched the water and it was very warm. The waters originate deep beneath the Santa Teresa Geyser. They say the geyser is more than five thousand years old and is the largest geyser in Central America.
The cost for using the pools is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12 years old.

They also have very nice hotel rooms that start at $70.00 a night. We did check them out and they are very nice rooms.

They also have horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing, so there are plenty of things to do there.

Santa Teresa has organic coffee plantations that are more than 150 years old. Their Premium Gourmet coffee has won many International Awards. They have a coffee plant right on location that they give tours but it had closed down for the day when we were there.

We had a late lunch at one of the three restaurants and the food was very good.
We enjoyed our visit and would recommend this resort if you are in the area.

We have attached some pictures of our trip.
Please leave comments and/or questions and we will get back to you.

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