Posted by: Jessica | September 23, 2010

Descuento! 2 por una Cora!

Sunday, 9.19.10

I arrived in El Pital, my new home, Friday afternoon after a full morning spent in San Sal getting to know my counterparts and getting ‘oriented’ for the next two months.  Most of our Youth Development group seemed to be inagreement: we just wanted to get  out of this freezing conference room at Hotel Terraza and get this show on the road. The drive was almost 3 hours, the last 45 minutes I spent trying to talk myself out of throwing up  as we slowly passed through some seriously rough dirt roads in a truck.  I was pretty sure it would have been a bad first impression to hurl before even getting to the site…  After dropping Max off in the next caserio, San Luis, we finally arrived in El Pital.  To say the view is breathtaking is an understatement; from my new front yard I can see mountains on all sides, and the volcano that’s half in El Salvador, half in Guatemala.  Tim, (the volunteer who’ll be finishing up his service in a month here), says we’ll go hiking up the Salvadoran side of the volcano before he leaves.

My new host family is very warm- I went to shake my new Host mom’s hand and she hugged me instead, my host dad is Tresurer of the local ADESCO (like a town council), and my new host sisters Karen and Yulisa are fast becoming my new friends; Karen and I even went running this morning at the cancha (soccer field).  Yesterday Nina Genia showed me how she is the boss lady of the market in Chalchuapa- I followed this 60 year old woman around from store to store like a little lost puppy, but it was worth it- I got to know so much of the market area in CHalchuapa, which is a truly awesome and historic city with a TON of possible resources.  I’ll be going back next weekend with Tim and the breakdance group to watch them get featured on a local television channel for young local talent.  Chivo.

Tuesday 9.21.10

I decided I’m tired of not writing because of ‘blog appropriateness” I have too much too say and not enough time to sit here and edit myself constantly, thinking- what would so and so think if I published this? My emotions are a lot like a roller coaster, and I’m afraid of worrying my family with all of my ups and downs from day to day- I’d really look bi-polar, however, this kind of crazy is apparently the normal mental state of the average peace corps volunteer.   Everything is new for us, and every day is a struggle to communicate even with my more advanced level of spanish.  With everything that can change from day to day, I’m not surprised this is how a lot of people feel….

About 90% of the time, I feel energetic and positive about being here; I’m doing exactly what I want to do, and in the way I want to do it.  The other 10% of the time is when my over-priviledged gringa brain kicks in and starts to freak out about one of the following: how dirty and sweaty I always am, no matter how many showers I take,  getting tired of meticulously checking my bed for enormous (or small) scorpians, spiders, rats, etc., having to choke down beans and tortillas for a third time in one day, and then the next day for breakfast, NEVER having a good hair day, sounding like an idiot when trying to speak spanish (despite hearing “se puede bastante!” from my host family),   and lastly, trying not to breath or touch ANYTHING while in the latrine- which, considering the number of times I’ve been rather, ahem, ‘sick’, is a constant challenge.  I usually feel like Jack Nicholson in his famed OCD role: covering every surface I can in the latrine, breathing in only slightly, (and never through my nose), jumping up if I feel ANYTHING touch me, and fully sanitizing myself afterwards.  I don’t know if I can keep that up for two years…I might have to build my own latrine, which I regularly clorox the hell out of….  we’ll see.

Other than those regular complaints, I love my new site- the gente here are really inspiring with a long history of working collaboratively, and judging from my meeting with my two counterparts yesterday, I’ll have no shortange of ideas and support from them.  Both Seno Marina and Dany Urruela are on top of their business.  We all left the meeting with a long list of possible projects that all of us were excited about and in agreement on; I’m pumped. The crappy two months of training were totally worth it to get to this point. 🙂



  1. Jessica, good to hear from you. I’m glad you are feeling more settled. I smiled reading your news and frowned a few times. I’ll be keeping you in my prayers. Good luck and success from your Aunt Charlene. Love you.

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