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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

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.


Where does the time go?

September 14th, 2014

It seems I have been remiss in posting here for four months My Bad!

I get my act together and do better.

A lot has been going on, with getting used to married life again and new a enterprises at Rancho Las Brisas the book I plan to write has been relegated to the back burner for the time being as I concentrate on family and business.

With researching ways to promote my business and keeping up with the Rancho Las Brisas blog and my Facebook page, I kind of neglected you readers of this blog.

To rectify that situation I am adding pages this blog so you can keep up with the happenings going on here in my little corner of Paradise!


The Epic Bus Trip

May 12th, 2014

Preview of my story on Createspace The Epic Bus Trip



May 11th, 2014

             A new family, new life, new profession!


My new answer to travel forums, having just been banned again from yet another one, this time the so called ‘new’  Debbie’s for having the audacity to call out the forum bully by telling the truth, it finally sunk in that:

1) NO mods want the TRUTH posted when it is contrary to what their fragile egos believe!

2) NO owner wants the TRUTH posted when it irks regular posters thus taking $$$ from their bottom line!

In other words truth quotes or the Real TRUTH Must Never be told!

This axiom applies to all travel forums I have participated in, which led to decision to refrain from further enriching their owners by giving free use of my experiences only to have some censored and replaced with falsehoods written by others.

As I have already had an article published by BootsnAll Karma or Coincidence in Bangkok, which was given a good critique by an author friend, it was easy to conclude that a  more profitable use of my time would be writing a series of travel related books. “The Wanderings of Busman7” will be published through Amazon’s site that can be purchased, giving the TRUE uncensored story of my experiences.

Of Course I will continue operating Rancho Las Brisas Bed & Breakfast where one can visit to explore El Salvador and swap travel stories in the evenings.

ps I shall post here when the 1st book is out tentatively titled The Epic Bus Trip



March 9th, 2014

The wedding went as planned on March 1, 2014.

Now have a new family :)

David y Maria       The ceremony

                                     New family

The inlaws        brother/sisters

Good friends      Sunset on Playa San Diego


Wedding Bells – Campana de Boda

February 22nd, 2014


ano 2014

It’s a New Year here in the tropics, time to put the past BS with the Canadian simple serpents behind and look to the future.

With the tax return funds I was able to finish the casita and upgrade the caretakers casa so it can also be rented to travellers.

Towards the end of last year when my travails with Migración came to a stalemate it became obvious that the only solution was marriage (which I had sworn never to do again!) to a Salvadoreña was the only for me to gain residency!

Given the options of 1) moving to another country (I like it here)  2) doing visa runs every 90 days (wondering each time if I would be allowed back in) or 3) just staying here illegally, hoping not to get caught and (horror of horrors) being Deported back to Canada!

The answer was a no brainer, “Marriage”! So had to bring up the dreaded “M” word (Matronial) with my novia, who said, “Si”!

A guest, a fellow Quebecer (who had arrived as a stranger but left as a friend) kindly agreed to get copies my birth, have them notarized and bring them with him when he returned after Xmas.

Feb 20, 2014 kind of forgot about this update for a while and there are some changes.

Novia was getting a tad cantankerous and playing the “Drama Queen” Drama Queen so,  to make a long story short, we went our separate ways.

My birth certificates arrived from Quebec and my friend got a free weeks stay for his trouble. Next was a visit to the Canadian embassy in the city where I paid the $50 EXTORTION FEE for a stamp authenticating them!

Found another who turned out to be a bit of a wingnut

The above were out for money but were mere toddlers compared to the seven-deadly-sins-greed-25059-46521_zoom Queen of greed who only wanted my house but Canadian citizenship along with $$$ DUH dream on Biatche!!!  I didn’t just fall off the turnip (sugarcane) truck today.turnip-truck

Finally struck pay-dirt with a lady from nearby with no baggage and a head on her shoulders. Off to the lawyers to finalize the details and make arrangements for a March 1 wedding at

Mercedes ‘Rancho Sol Mar Accion’ 219 on the

beach 217  at 222 

Boda Marzo 1, 2014 a cuatro en la tarde, wedding March 1 2014 at 4 pm.

Stay tuned.