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What my blog is about

A retired Canadian bus operator goes on a journey around the world seeking new experiences, like taking a TEFL course in Bangkok, then returns to become an X-pat when he buys a casa in El Salvador, which he turns into a B&B. See Pages and To view pictures click on new picasa albums

New website

June 8th, 2015

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Rancho Las Brisas de Playa San Diego now has a new

website with a book now feature, click highlight to check it out.

Beer quest

May 11th, 2015

How I rate the beer I have tried in my travels.

Favourite: El Salvador – Regia Regia 

               Guatemala – Gallo  Gallo 

               Singapore – Tiger   Tiger

               Thailand – Singha  Singah 

                Cuba – Cristal      cristal-beer-cuba-300x225

                 Mexico Corona    corona

                  Laos – Beerlao  Beerlao

                  Canada – Molson Ex MolsonEx

                  USA – Coors light coors-light-thermo-6-sheet


Like: Thailand – Chang   Chang 

        Thailand – Archa    Archa

         Indonesia – Bintang Indonesia

         India – Kingfisher  India

         Myanmar – Myanmar Myanmar

         Australia – Victoria Victoria OZ

         El Salvador – Golden Golden

         Greenland – Gronland Greenland

         Philippines – Red Horse Philippines

         Colombia – Aguila  Colombia

Not bad: Thailand – Leo  Leo

             Tibet – Lhasa   Lhasa

             El Salvador –Pilsner Pilsner El Salvador

             Canada AB Pilsner   pilsner alberta

              USA – Coors       Coors.jpg 1   

             Nicaragua – Tona  Nicaragua

             Finland – Lapin Kulta    FINLAND

             Nepal – Mustang   Nepal

             New Zealand – Tui  NZ

             South Korea – OB   South Korea

             Iceland – Shjalfti    skjalftibottle Iceland

             Sweden – Mariestads  Sweeden 

             Norway – Ringnes     Norway

             China – Tsingtao    China

Drinkable: Malaysia – Jaz    Malaysia

               Mongolia – Xap  mongolian_beer

               Costa Rica – Imperial Costa Rica

               Japan – Asaki     Japan

               Panama – Panama panamabeers

               Vietnam – 333    Vietnam

Beware: Mexican – Tecate tecate beer

Absolutely Horrid: US – Lone Star Lone Star however drinkable during an Ontario beer store strike

                               Belize – Belkin   Belize

May/June Special

May 7th, 2015
May/June Special Pricing

Off Season Discount Prices *
La Casita mixed dorm $10 per person per night
Ranch House private room $24 per night
The Gardner’s Cottage $31 per night
*applies to direct bookings or Airbnb only

World cost of living index

May 7th, 2015
World cost of living index

For those thinking of relocating or use as a guide to what your trip will cost by country.

Courtesy of MoveHub: International Students moving abroad map
Global Living Costs Map

Canadian March Special!

March 1st, 2015

To celebrate our first wedding anniversary the owners of Rancho Las Brisas are offering a getaway special for frozen Canadians.

7 nites in our private room in the ranch house

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continental breakfast


airport transfer


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Included in the special price on Only $328.00 CAD

Combine this price with a low fare from United Airlines for as low as $671 CAD YYZ-SAL or $712 YVR-SAL you can spend a week at beautiful Playa San Diego for as low as $999.00 CAD

*this offer is open to all in the equivalent USD

**Extra offer to Canadians only, show your membership card for Liberal Party of Canada to get a free evening at  Bamboo Bar

To book this Canadian March Special  email:


2014, A Good Year!

December 30th, 2014



The year at Rancho Las Brisas started off fairly busy in the high season, tapered off in the spring, strangely picked up in the summer then died off until December. All in all can’t complain as we’re off the beaten track and just starting to be known.

January: Lassie’s pups were weaned and went to good homes, except for Hachie whom I kept.


February: Car died leaving the lawyers one day but only 1/2 a block from a stop for bus #102 to La Libertad. Cheap repair, cheap ride home so not bad at all.


March: My wedding on the beach, Playa San Diego, La Libertad, El Salvador.


              My new stepdaughter’s birthday.

April: An old friend from Antigua, Brian, visits on his way from Canada to Antigua, a bed is added to the dorm, Camila’s 4th birthday.


May: Josefina’s Church group on a day trip to Rancho Las Brisas.


June: Refurbished the carton and got a bike for Nataly.


July: Nataly takes a flower arrangement to school for sports day.


August: Werner from GETS Solar stopped in during his search for property to move his business to El Salvador, he will be providing Rancho Las Brisas with some solar options for our green energy policy. Family from the US spent the night.

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September: Opened La Pupuseria Josefina and added a bed in the Gardner’s cottage.


October: Our taxi man got a new (to him) caban double pickup.


November: Went to the cemetery on the Day of the Dead to Spruce up mother’s grave and pay the yearly $1.00 maintance fee. Went on trip school as parent helper to Atlantis water park.

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Josefina’s birthday, feliz cumpleaños

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December: New grill for the pupuseria, Jessina birthday, Navidad/Christmas

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A pretty good year in my books.

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Only 7 days

December 18th, 2014

until the guy in the red suit swoops down the chimney!

There is still rooms at the inn Rancho Las Brisas so book now to avoid disappointment!

Also note that La Pupuseria Josefina will be open extended hours during the Navidad/Año Nuevo season so if in the area drop in for some great pupusas and a coffee or beer.

Feliz Navidad

Christmas is near

December 7th, 2014

Only 18 days to Christmas
Don’t miss out on a quiet holiday vacation a liesurly stroll from the beach.

There is still time to book your holiday room at Rancho Las Brisas.

Free continental breakfast featuring El Salvadorian Oro coffee, fresh bread delivered daily, local fruit served.

Pupuseria Josefina open for supper during the holiday week also serving Oro coffee, Pilsner, Golden and Regia beer with assorted pan dulce for desert plus coconuts from our own trees.

Bus service to La Libertad every 1/2 hr is only 23cents.

Book now while there are still rooms left.

email: or call (503) 7993-0811

Canada rants moved

October 3rd, 2014

For those who checked in to see my latest Canada rant, I have changed the direction of this blog and will stick to posting my positive experiences at Rancho Las Brisas and relegate the Canada bashing to a new blog

Sister blog site

September 19th, 2014

The Wanderings of busman7 is proud to announce the creation of a sister site La Pupuseria Josefina where my wife updates the behind the scenes happenings of operating a Pupuseria at Rancho Las Brisas.