Linda and Dave on board Purr-fect invited us to share a driver into San Salvador an hour away. Seriously a much better way to travel to and around the city then taking a chicken bus for two hours then walking around trying to find your way in a big city. Edwin, our driver, stayed with us the entire day as we hit up a museum, Linda shopped for fabric and we did some grocery shopping. Oh and I can’t forget the German deli, Kreef, for lunch where Gary was in heaven picking out sausage to bring home.
The one place I wanted to see in the entire city was Iglesia El Rosario. Completed in 1971, the church was designed by one of El Salvador’s prominent sculptors, Ruben Martinez. His quest was to design the church in such a way that ‘wouldn’t get in the way of the public and that wouldn’t run from God’. His intent was that there would be no posts or blinding lights etc. that would interfere with the services or peoples devotion. As you walk up to the building, it is one of the most ugliest structures I have ever seen with its dome shaped roof and ugly grey colors located in the crowded historic district. Then you walk in and before you is a rainbow of colors shining down on the alter through the glass that lines the dome. It was so peaceful and quiet and beautiful. The funny thing is Edwin, who is a native El Salvadoran, had never heard of this church. So the gringo lady was able to show Edwin a little of his city 🙂
El Salvador has made the news recently for its gang violence specifically in San Salvador. There were armed guards everywhere even at the fabric store we visited. Outside stood one guard with a shotgun and inside was a guard with a sidearm. We drove past the presidential palace and you can imagine the fire power lining the sidewalk. While this might freak some people out, we felt very secure with their presence. If they hadn’t been there, we would have worried!
Last on our to do list that day was provisioning and Linda told us of a great grocery store just across the street from the US Embassy. We haven’t seen a store this well stocked since San Diego. Everything looked delicious. Our Embassy is a sprawling campus like compound in a more affluent area of the city. Yes, your US tax dollars at work.