A November 2004 trip
to El Salvador by ext212
Quote: For Thanksgiving 2004 we decided to spend the entire weekend along the coast of La Libertad, specifically at Playa El Zonte in El Salvador.
There are a few staff members at Horizonte who were always available to attend to our needs and another group of young Salvadorians (the real wanakos) who cooked at Oasis (see separate entry), their restaurant right on the beach outside our cabins. We reserved a small cabin with private bathroom and shower by sending Alex a $35 international money order. The cabin was adequate for our needs. We had a double bed, a table for our stuff, an electric fan, and plenty of windows for light. Our cabin was situated under a big tree. Napping was challenging on occasion because of the birds that constantly made noise overhead. Thankfully, there are hammocks by the pool. We spent a lot of time in the common area, reading our books or watching the Carnivale that was taking place in San Miguel, another town 3 hours away, on TV.
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The typical Salvadorian breakfast consists of sweet plantains, frijoles (beans), and huevos (eggs) with red and green bell peppers or with tomatoes and onions. It's heavy for a breakfast, though fortifying for those days spent in the water. A breakfast like this also makes for a reasonable cure from hangover that may have been caused by the night before.
The most interesting item we had for lunch was typically found in a humble roadside lunch stand that was just outside the entrance to the beach. Pacalla is a bitter vegetable or blossom of some sort that doesn't initially appear edible. For lunch one day we joined some locals who seemed to have stopped at this place especially for the pacalla. We were served this vegetable fried in a batter of eggs and cornmeal. It had the consistency of grilled Japanese eggplants, but with a bitter aftertaste that was delicious but also indescribably bitter in that way that only certain green vegetables are.
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