Mi primer día en El Salvador
Hola a todos!
So I am here. I am here. It seems surreal…almost a year of planning. On the plane I immediately recognized that I was now the ‘outsider,’ the gringa 🙂 And I sat in the wrong seat too and they had to ask me to move. The language barrier apparently affected my ability to read numbers too. But I am grateful for this uncertainty, this feeling of being outside of my comfort zone. I am now in another world completely different from my own.
On the plane and even for the 4 hours that I’ve been here so far, I have been thinking about how people from El Salvador feel stepping off the plane into an alternate universe where they, like myself, closely watch mouths to interpret the words.
After going through customs and immigration I step outside into a heavy heat, not unlike that of D.C. There is Arquímedes, the lovely cab driver my friend Irene entrusted to pick me up. He is holding a cardboard sign that reads “Kate Seehy.” He tells me his car is in the shop so his friend Roberto Carlos is driving. He pulls up in a little yellow car. As we are putting my luggage in the car, the police tell us to move so Roberto starts driving as Arquimedes and I are loading the luggage.
We leave the airport and I am just staring at everything: the people sitting in hammocks under tin roofs where they are selling “agua de coco,” the green, lush trees, the cars that look familiar but somehow different, and I watch the men driving me as they answer phone calls, ask me questions and talk each other. I ask about the coconut and Arquimedes tells Roberto to pull over. We buy three coconut waters, a straw coming straight out of the coconut. I was a little hesitant, I have to admit, because I have been warned multiple times about being careful what I drink. But I take a sip. It’s cold and delicious. My first little leap of many to come.
I took some video of my car ride into San Salvador…