Random El Salvador

Today is Spanish Friday so this post is in Spanish. If you participated in Spanish Friday on your own blog, leave your link in comments. English translation is in italics!

Cuándo regresamos de El Salvador yo compartí con ustedes un montón de fotos que tomé mientras estábamos allí pero todavia tengo unas fotos interesantes que no encajan fácilmente en un tema. Hoy comparto esas fotos “random” con ustedes.

When we returned from El Salvador I shared a whole bunch of photos with all of you which I had taken while we were there. However, I still have some interesting photos that don’t fit easily into a category – Today I share those “random” photos with you.

Una Tía de Carlos tiene un van decorado con un imagen de los “Thundercats” – no sé por qué.

One of Carlos’s aunts has a van decorated with an image of the “Thundercats” – I don’t know why.

La próxima vez que se quejan de tener que lavar la ropa, mejor estar agradecidos por su lavadora y secadora. Esta es la forma de lavar la ropa en la casa de Carlos.

Next time you complain about needing to do laundry, be thankful for your washer and dryer. This is how you do laundry at Carlos’s house.

Camisas de la Selecta (equipo de fútbol) para toda la familia por venta en una tienda en Metrocentro.

La Selecta (soccer team) shirts for the whole family for sale in a store at Metrocentro.

Donas por venta en WalMart, San Salvador. (Fijaste que no están en una vitrina?)

Donuts for sale at WalMart, San Salvador. (Did you notice they’re not in a glass case?)

Pregunté por qué los árboles y postes de teléfono estaban pintados de blanco en la parte de abajo. Se me dijo que le da un aspecto limpio y simboliza la paz, (no sé si es verdad.)

I asked why trees and telephone poles were painted white on the bottom. I was told that it gives a clean look and symbolizes peace, (I don’t know if that’s true.)

CD’s, DVD’s, etc.

Chalet Teresita, Chalatenango

Estos jóvenes estaban usando pintura en aerosol en la pared en plena luz del día. Estaban destruyendo la propiedad o creando arte? No lo sabemos.

These young people were spray painting the wall in broad daylight. Were they destroying property or creating art? We don’t know.

¿Quién quiere agua de coco?

Who wants agua de coco?

Este era el pasajero en frente de nosotros en la fila mientras esperábamos abordar nuestro vuelo de regreso. Una familia en los Estados Unidos iba a comer Pollo Campero por la cena. (Tenga en cuenta que la bolsa tiene una foto de la catedral antes de que fuera destruido unos meses más tarde.)

This was the passenger in front of us in line while we waited to board our flight home. A family in the United States is going to eat Pollo Campero for dinner. (Note that the bag has a photo of the cathedral before it was destroyed a few months later.)


  1. I am not sure about the tree thing — although, interesting story.

    If I am not mistaken, the practice comes from disease prevention or the like. There was a substance they would “paint” onto tree trunks in the same manner and they helped deter insects and/diseases. That’s my vague recollection of the reasons for it. It is not paint as far as I know, but it might be in the case of your pic.

    • Yes, usually it’s a white paint containing lime that’s painted on trees to prevent disease and insects but in el Salvador, while this may have been how it originated, it’s become so wide spread that even the bottoms of non wooden posts are painted as a sign of cleanliness!!

  2. Muchas gracias por las fotos! Visite El Salvador cinco veces con mi iglesia en York, PA, York Alliance Church. Es una Alianza Cristiana de Misionarios. Cada vez me encanta mas el pais. Es un sueno mio de vivir alli…


  3. I love how much that trip inspired you and made such an impact in your life! What a gift.

    I’m going to hug and kiss my Maytag now…LOL!

  4. I can confirm for the trees, it is to prevent diseases and insects. China does that too… France as well. Lots of countries do I think but come to think of it I have never seen it in Canada!

    I like the explanation given though!

  5. Oh and for donuts… funny story but apparently Thai people are crazy about them. See, I don’t eat donuts, don’t really pay attention to them. They don’t exist in France and they aren’t that popular in Canada it seems (I see more Canadians eating cookies for instance).

    But when we were in Thailand, you wouldn’t have believe the lineup at Dunkin Donuts. It was insane! People were queuing for hours. We mentioned that to a few people in Singapore and they noted it was a local things, S’pore people themselves like to bring back donuts to friends when they go to Thailand.

    Funny when you think of it… donuts are just dough and sugar, right? Yet they are delicacies in some parts of the world! :lol:

  6. The explanation for the white paint on the trees in Mexico is always that it protects them from some kind of insect. I like the idea of it symbolizing peace so much more!

  7. Walnut trees where I grew up were painted white on the bottom and my understanding was that the paint had pesticide in it so bugs wouldn’t crawl up the trunk and burrow into the tree and kill it.

  8. About the trees… It’s lime!!
    Aquí, en algunos pueblos pequeños de la Argentina, aún pintan las bases de los troncos de los árboles para que las hormigas no suban y se coman el follaje.
    Al old and cheap solution against ants.

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