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Impressions of the USA

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

The first really amusing outing was our first dinner back in the USA.  Where else would we go than McDonalds?  It wasn’t that we had been missing it for the last 11 months – McDonalds are everywhere in the world.  We cruised the streets of San Bernardino looking for a McDonalds.  I was waiting for our food when a pudgy black guy with a see-through fish-net shirt, thick glasses, dread locks and a key chain with “Jesus Saves Lives” came in and started talking to me.  He bore a resemblance to a young Stevie Wonder and his belly rolls were clearly visible through his shirt.  He was very upset because they made us write our names on our receipt so they could call out our name when the food was ready.  “What if you are from a 3rd world country and can’t write?  And this McDonalds is really going downhill.  They are slow and the food is bad.” 

I guess what I thought was so funny about this encounter wasn’t really his outfit (although it did make me smile), but rather the eclectic mix of weirdoes this country has to offer.  People in Latin America seemed to be a little more homogenous in their outward appearance.  The fact that he also just started an animated conversation with a complete stranger was unusual for us.  Maybe it was just our bad Spanish, but we didn’t have so many impromptu conversations like this on the street.

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The Old Riviera

Friday, June 8th, 2007

When you drive into Ajijic there is a sign that says “Riviera Alta.”  You might think it means the OLD Riviera since aside from the dozen Mexicans that live in this town all you see here are ex-pat retirees from the US and Canada.  High-water socks, bad Hawaiian shirts draping over big bellies, thick wide black old people glasses, canes, grey hair, etc. are all encountered every time we step out of the apartment.  Really “Riviera Alta” means the high Riviera since the elevation here is over 5000 feet, but I chuckle every time I see that sign since “alt” in German does actually mean “old”. 

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El Salvador with Nick and Jessica

Sunday, March 4th, 2007
We left Honduras decided to go back through El Salvador.  After our first couple of border crossings on this trip we decided we wouldn’t go through El Salvador on our way home because border crossings can be such ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Other Side of the Border

Thursday, November 16th, 2006
We had several blog entries so far describing how complicating and stressful it can be to cross borders in Central America. I don’t even know why we feel that they are so stressful, because technically, other than getting ... [Continue reading this entry]

2 Border Crossings in One Day

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
As you might guess by the title of this blog entry this was one of the most stressful days we have had so far.  We left Suchitoto, El Salvador and headed towards the Honduras border.  The drive was ... [Continue reading this entry]

Leaving El Salvador

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
We left the coast of El Salvador after 6 nights.  We had found a great place to stay and really enjoyed meeting the Peace Corps volunteers and the Austrians, but the new crowd was becoming dumber by the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Surfing for Jesus!

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Good God I miss the Austrians. In the last 2 weeks we’ve have met 4 people from Austria and also a couple from Switzerland whose company we really enjoyed. We are still in El Salvador in ... [Continue reading this entry]

Border Crossing Into El Salvador

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
We left Antigua around 8:00 AM.  We wanted to get an early start since you never know how long the crossings will take.  We made great time and got to the border sooner than we expected.  Leaving ... [Continue reading this entry]