Suchitoto is soooo lovely! Haven´t got any pics yet but will put some up soon. I´m really in love with El Salvador. I´m not entirely sure why but it doesn´t seem like such a hot tourist destination. Travellers seem to skip straight past it through Honduras to Nicaragua or Guatemala. It´s only a minor detour but it´s so worth it. I suppose it still hasn´t shaken off its reputation for being dangerous since the war. But that seems strange since Guatemala has a similar reputation for being dangerous and the war ended there in 96 which is more recent than here... the civil war here ended in 92. It´s a shame because the countryside is beautiful, the people are warm and welcoming and there are some beautiful little picture book villages. I´m not going to be spending a huge amount of time here unfortunately. I´ve decided to move through Central America fairly quickly now. I´ve started to really long for South America! And I´m thinking I´ll need more time there for travelling due to its size and perhaps slightly less developed infastructure.
Today is to be a nice easy day of museums and dipping my toes in the lake! Suchitoto is a really sweet, unspoiled colonial town with cobbled streets and a pretty old church. It´s up in the hills and looks down over a large twinkling resevoir. There are lots of lovely inexpensive places to eat. The food here is really good... Unfortunately I´m off El Salvador´s signature snack though... Papusas are famous and very popular in El Salvador... and Guatemala actually but they originate here. They´re basically just a sandwich of 2 tortillas with mushed beans and cheese inside, pressed together and fried. They´re really tasty but sadly the parasites saw to it that I threw up the papusas I ate in guatemala and I haven´t been able to stomach the thought of them since! I feel very bad turning down papusas here as they´re such a staple - people think I´m mad! - but unfortunately I have to...
So I´m off to another little mountain village called Alegria tomorrow. In fact my whole itinarary for El Salvador is a series of mountian villages! Well they are rather lovely!