From El Salvador with Love (Part 2)

Since posting fotos of our souvenirs from El Salvador, some of you have been asking me for more – And so I went back into the closet, (you’ll see why some of this stuff is in the closet and not on display), and I’ve returned with more of my in-laws generosity in souvenir form… Ándale…

Okay, this isn’t officially a “souvenir”, but some of my husband’s old stuff just must be shared. These are some of his cassettes. The tape on the left is a mix of Guns ‘n’ Roses and Bon Jovi. The tape on the right is Milli Vanilli, and I can’t even make fun of him because I loved Milli Vanilli. Now, the tape in the middle. {Ahem} That is Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”… Now I know why he liked me.

Here are my husband’s botitas from when he was just a cipote. (Cipote = Salvadoran slang for “kid”.)

Okay, on to the real souvenirs… One of the Tías made this for me. It’s woven out of some sort of straw-like material. I don’t use it although I admire the craftsmanship. All the Tías and Suegra are very creative.

See? This is from another Tía. I’m not sure what this is. It’s a thin lacy piece of fabric covered in embroidered fruit. Maybe it’s a tablecloth.

They’ve sent me a lot of cloths like this. They aren’t very absorbent so I’m at a loss as to what to do with them. I guess I could wrap tortillas in them. I keep one in the freezer for wrapping ice when the kids get hurt.

I wasn’t joking when I said I have a box full of Last Supper wall hangings. I don’t know why they like to keep sending these to me. This one also is not hung up because it’s holographic. I don’t know if you can tell in the photo, but it’s quite shiny.

And this one looks like it belongs in a Red Lobster. What’s up with the rope along the edges like it’s a life preserver ring on a boat?

These are more capiruchos, (a type of toy.) Apparently there are even Capirucho competitions. (If you watch the video and you see a weird guy dressed in white with a big sombrero talking in a high-pitched voice, I’m pretty sure that’s supposed to be Cipitio. Pay no mind…that um, has nothing to do with anything.)

This is a mini T-shirt which is supposed to hang in the window of a car. It’s the jersey of the main fútbol team of Chalatenango.

This little desk calendar is one of my favorites – It’s been useful in teaching the kids the months in Spanish.

It has my name inscribed on it, and they even spelled it right on this one. (For some reason my in-laws like to write my name as “Traisy”, which I guess is exactly how they say it.)

And luckily they got my name right on this one, too – because I really like this thing… (Everyone in the family has one.)

Cute earrings a Tío sent me. I don’t wear them though because I look like a gringa fresh from the tourist shop when I do. All I need is a sunburn and a pancho to complete the look.

Unfortunately, I don’t own a pancho, but I do have this shirt. Again, this is one of those things I admire but can’t imagine wearing myself.

Speaking of shirts – here is one of my husband’s. That’s Mauricio Funes, the President. His election was a big deal last year. From Wikipedia: “Funes won the 2009 presidential election, achieving an absolute majority with 51.32% of the popular vote. He is the first FMLN party leader not to have fought in the civil war. His presidential campaign was highlighted by statements endorsing moderate political policies.” On the flip side, (also from Wikipedia): “Mr. Funes has been heavily criticized for lack of a plan to fight El Salvador’s rapidly increasing criminal activity. Since taking office in June 2009, criminal statistics on homicides, robbery and extortion have increased considerably.”

Enough politics. Maybe it would be better to discuss this luggage tag?

I like this necklace pendent. It’s hand-painted and made from natural materials.

A little folding chair which the boys are much too big for now.

This is a rock. You may think this is the worst souvenir ever, but I actually brought it back myself. I picked it up on a beach in La Libertad. I love my rock.

Well, I think that’s it for souvenirs. Suegra goes back to El Salvador in October and returns in February of next year. We’ll have to wait and see what she brings me, (porque bien sabes, she is definitely coming back.)


  1. Traisy! LOL! Oh, and the little matelitos are probably hankies, for sweat and fanning yourself in Truco Tropical heat. I’m from San Miguel, so it is always above 95*f. I don’t know much about Chalatenango, so las tias probably meant them for something else…

    • @ Emisela – I went to ES in August, which I guess isn’t even the hot season, but it was definitely hot in Chalatenango and San Salvador.

      Ni modo, I’ll use the hankies to wipe off the sweat I work up while blogging ;)

  2. The tios, tias, primos, primas etc must love you guys! You have lots of things! The “mantitas” are mainly used to keep the tortillas warm and cover stuff, not really to clean or dry things; although the use you are giving them is great(los chindondos de los cipotes).
    When suegra comes back in Febrary, can we see pictures of the 40 lbs of cheese, frijoles etc? LOL
    Thanks for another great post!

    • @ Dariela – The cool thing about that little chair is it is very obviously handmade – the wood isn’t even sanded (ouch!), but it’s fully functional and slides closed/flat. It’s pretty cool what people are able to make!

  3. Hey! I bring back rocks too! I have a pebble from the cobblestone streets of Rome, a beach in Stresa, the Mediterranian, marble canyeon (that we stayed at on our honeymoon) our favorite camping spot, etc, etc. I have a little box that keeps my collection. It brings me to happy memories when I look at them.

    • @ *pol – I wish I had remembered to get rocks from ALL the places I’ve been – but I also tend to pick them up and have quite a few. There’s something about them that makes them awesome souvenirs. Knowing they’ve been in that place for a very long time, maybe? I don’t know.

  4. Ay Traisyyyy!! Maybe your in-laws are trying to find the “right” Last Super portrait for you to hang proudly. ;) LOL!!

    I agree with Marcela, the desk calendar is adorable.

    • @ Catalina – LOL. Now you guys are going to be calling me “Traisy” ;) … I think you’re right about the Last Supper portraits. I wonder how many it will take to find one that I find acceptable? Hee hee…

  5. I have the same letters forming my teen’s name! I purchased them in Puerto Rico so it must be common in Spanish countries.

    I also have several rocks, I call them memory rocks. Each one represents a different one and we keep them in a basket =)

    Anyway, loved your souvenirs! Can’t wait to see what the Suegra brings back ;)

    • @ Migdalia – That’s cool that so many of the crafts can be found throughout Latin America in one form or another.

      I like that you call them “memory rocks”. I have a few from different places and they are great reminders of special times.

    • @ Lisa – I have those 3, plus a couple other religious ones that aren’t the Last Supper specifically. I think I had more at one time but we may have convinced Suegra to find them new homes with friends. I don’t like having boxes of stuff that someone else might actually enjoy.

  6. “Traisy” made me laugh. When my not-yet inlaws hear people call me “Grace” they get all confused and have taken to spelling my name “Greis” and stranger still, “Greisiela”.
    I get cards and presents inscribed that way, too.

  7. These are very nice memories and though I may not wear or display some of them either, they do make nice colectibles. Also, there is a lot of time spent on these items from some very artistic people and they carry a lot of history.

  8. Hi there Tracy, are those cassette tapes for $ale? I would be interested in purchasing one. Please let me know! Kind regards, Markus

    • Hi Markus, I don’t think Carlos would be interested in selling – at least not at a reasonable price. It seems kind of funny but those cassette tapes are one of the few things he has from his childhood in El Salvador.

      Best wishes!

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