26.12.2012 - 26.12.2012
This is the nastiest motel room in which I have stayed. And believe me, I have stayed in some doozies. I have not decided whether I will take a shower, but if I do, it will be with flip-flops, that is certain.
I am writing this now, in the moment, and will post it regardless of what the morning brings.
First, I must say that the folks in this city have been nothing but friendly and welcoming. And they are absolutely fascinated by the dogs. Moreso than any other place we have visited so far. However, we have been advised repeatedly that it is not safe to walk around after dark. In fact, we had a few police escorts as we wandered this afternoon looking for an ATM (cajero automático).
And, while we were trying to figure out why the ATM would not give us dinero, a very kind young woman who spoke perfect English advised us that we needed to find an ATM, as opposed to a cajero at a local bank. Further, she and her friend gave us (including the pups) a ride to a big shopping mall, AND she walked inside with us to show us precisely where the appropriate ATMs were located. The said ATMs were at the food court. Since we had not eaten since breakfast (the blankety-blank border crossing will be described in another post), we indulged in some McDonald's. Oh, and yes, the ATMs gave us $. El Salvador uses the American dollar. How convenient.
We did walk some tonight, with pepper sprays in hand. That's right. We bad. No problema, but most places sure do close up at dark.
Back to the negative-5-star motel. Although we cannot find WiFi (which is why this will not be posted until tomorrow at the earliest), we do have cable TV (score), and we just watched a highly informative "documentary," in español, about moonshine in Asheville, NC! Who the hell is Ric Savage/American Savage? All I can say is, I have never seen the folks they dug up in the Walker Branch area . . .