Driving in San Salvador, El Salvador, February 10, 2018

My destination was Plaza Libertad, the main square in the capital city of El Salvador, San Salvador. After 5 months of traveling by car, I’ve become more comfortable with finding parking spots at the very center of a city, but this time I never expected that the Plaza would be surrounded by traditional markets.

On another note, driving through a crowded market is an unusual experience – you watch all the people around or surrounding your car, minding their own businesses, yet you are in your private area, often air-conditioned. It is like an urban safari.

@San Salvador, El Salvador, February 10, 2018

lago de Coatepeque, el salvador, February 9, 2018

I visited another lake formed in a volcanic crater. This one, lake Coatepec, seemed a lot smaller than lake Atitlan in Guatemala, but to me, it was equally beautiful and enjoyable for a tranquil afternoon.

I also dropped by Tekunal cafe next to the lake to meet the owner, who is a friend of the hostel owner where I stayed in Santa Ana the night before.

Finally I tried to shoot an overdue self interview close to water. Everything was going well until I was kicked out of the park at 4pm because they needed to close!

@lago de Coatepeque, el salvador, February 9, 2018

Chris and Pupusa,santa Ana, El salvador, February 8, 2018

The first thing I was thinking about as I was approaching El Salvador was Pupusa. Pupusa is a corn or rice tortilla stuffed with a variety of fillings. I think I first tried pupusa years ago at a potluck at work in Washington DC and I remember thinking then, “This thing is more serious than what it looks like!”

And thanks Chris for the conversation on relationships, long term traveling, and other general craziness of yours which certainly dropped my jaw several times.

@santa Ana, El salvador, February 8, 2018

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, February 6, 2018

Quetzaltenango, or Xela, was my first city in Guatemala. The city wasn’t too big or small, and it had some fancy coffee shops but at the same time several traditional markets – A good introduction to Guatemala!

For about a week, I was focusing on driving, so I thought I’d restore some human contacts in my daily routine. So I walked up to two highschool students at the park and had an enjoyable and rather usual small talk. Brian and Shirley both study accounting and soon expect to continue studies at a local University. Un placer!

@Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, February 6, 2018

Mini interview with Diego Hernandez, founder of Matraz café in Guadalajara January 22, 2018

Mini interview with Diego Hernandez, founder of Matraz café in Guadalajara

January 22, 2018

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A big part of my travel is giving me opportunities to hear about how others are living in the world. In this sense, the figurative title ‘Listening to the world’ becomes literal.

For this purpose, I’ve been interviewing people here and there with decent cameras and mics, but when I met Diego in Guadalajara, I wanted to experiment a casual mini interview just with a phone.

I think it turned out great and I enjoyed the conversation just like any other interviews.

Mexico to Guatemala border crossing, @la mesilla, Guatemala, February 5, 2018

So I left Mexico this afternoon and entered Guatemala through Mesilla. Since then I’ve driven for 5 hours and, to be honest, I haven’t noticed too much difference of scenery from that of Chiapas, Mexico.

And at the Guatemalan customs, I heard this question that I had thought I was going to hear at some point :
“Eres familiar de Bru Li?”
😄😄

@la mesilla, Guatemala, February 5, 2018

San Cristóbal de las casas, Mexico, February 4, 2018

Just so that my itinerary doesn’t get delayed anymore, and to get to the South American continent by March, I am speeding up for about two weeks. And the consequence of this today was that I had only 1.5 hours to spend in San Cristóbal de las casas, a city that serves as the ‘home base’ for travelers in Chiapas with lots of its attractions.

Just to trick my brain that I got a better feel for the place, I first went to the outlook at iglesia de Guadalupe. Then I went to a restaurant, El Caldero, specializing soups – soups are always right for me. I took the recommended traditional one, chipilin, which tasted similar to the Korean chicken soup.

@san Cristóbal de las casas, Mexico, February 4, 2018

Truck-buses, @palenque, Mexico, February 3, 2018

While driving from Palenque to Ocosingo, I think I climbed a couple mountains. It was a narrow two lane road with occasional serious potholes. After driving a month in Mexico, I am now skilled in dodging potholes while being mindful of traffic nearby.

I saw many truck-buses in the mountainous area and they sometimes drive as fast as I do, and I wonder how the passengers manage all the exaggerated shocks and shakes!

@palenque, Mexico, February 3, 2018

Teotihuacán, Mexico,February 1 2018

They say Teotihuacán, or the city of Gods, is thought to has been established 100 BC – 250 AD.

There are two pyramids : one of the sun another of the moon. Both are quite steep to climb and thought to have served different purposes.

Without a doubt, it was very scenic and refreshing to hike in the area, although it was unfortunate to think about all the people who must have suffered and died during the construction.

@Teotihuacán, Mexico,February 1 2018