We headed down there with our friends Samadhy, Kyle & Kyrie & were joined by our friends Tina & Aukai who came over from Kauai. The first stop was at Samadhy's Abuela's house in Apaneca, in the beautiful coffee-growing mountains. We were stuffed full of delicious food and wine and sent to bed happy & immediatly in love with the country. The next day we did a big food shopping & headed to the beach house on the Barra de Santiago (a skinny little strip of beach between the ocean & the estuary) at the END of the road - dirt road to rock road to 4 wheel drive on the beach - end of the road...
And then we exhaled, put on bathing suits, and stayed that way for a week before one more night in Apaneca (and the world's best paella) before sadly heading to the airport.
Seriously, Tina and I were talking about how much we overpacked. We brought silly things like clothes, and underwear, and other very non-essential things. We'd wake up & drink our coffee in our bikinis. Then we'd spend the day between the pool & the ocean & end up eating dinner & having drinks in our bikinis. Sometimes with a cover-up. Awesome - my idea of perfect weather. I often joke with people that my idea of a perfect vacation involves not washing my hair or wearing make up the whole time. Well, I did that. I was swimming so much (and I love how my hair feels straight out of the ocean) that silly shampoo was unnecessary. Makeup? Never thought about it. Want to see me in my most relaxed, natural state? Just add salt water, fresh coconuts, and hammocks (yes, multiple hammocks - 3 to be exact).
We built sand castles, Koben jumped off the side of the pool 3,729 times (not that we were counting), we devised new delicious tropical drinks, we drank LOTS of coconut water, I took a nap in a hammock, we went for lots of walks & it was all so enjoyed. We've been wanting to go to El Salvador for years - we've thrown around the idea a lot - and we finally thought Koben was at the perfect age that it would work well - and we were right. Now we can't wait to go back again!