Last night we had Ronco (=Grunt) for dinner–it’s a type of fish. It was delicious, yet a bit hard to eat since the fish was served whole and I had no idea of where to start. For dinner we are normally also served a type of fresh fruit juice—so far we’ve had Melon, Mandarin, and Pineapple juice. It seems like it is the season of life, even though it is the dry season (summer) here in Bajo Lempa. We now have 12 little chicks running around the house, a baby kitten, and the wonderful house dog Lassie is pregnant. Too bad we’ll be leaving in two weeks; otherwise we would be here when the little pups are born. We aren’t the only visitors in town; recently Melinda, a lady from New Mexico working on organic and sustainable agriculture, joined the people living at La Coordinadora. She knows the family we (Morgan, Annie, Laura and I) are staying with and has been joining us for breakfast. It’s great to have another foreigner around to exchange stories of events, project ideas and work progress with. Melinda is known for biking everywhere—she sometimes bikes 30km to get from one finca (farm) to the next, but when we suggested she run with us, she only laughed and kindly declined the invitation. She’s also working on bringing the idea of composts to village farmers. If I heard correctly, she has already installed 6 in Ciudad Romero. One of the big problems I see in El Salvador is waste disposal. There is trash everywhere. There isn’t a street I have been on here, or have passed that didn’t have trash bags, wrappers, or bottles lying around. It’s apparent that progress has been made in the last few years since there are some gas stations and rest stops along big roads that have trash bins (3 categories—organic, plastic, and aluminum). In the villages there are no public trash bins and even if a house has a trash bin people still throw trash on the ground. Future projects should look into some type of marketable recycling programs, products that incorporate trash bags, and better education on environmental issues.
I am a recent graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies (A Graduate School of Middlebury College) in Monterey, California (USA), but home for me is in many places across the globe. Originally from Germany, I have spent the last eleven years in the US and have continued in my parents’ footsteps of having a passion for traveling and exploring new places. Besides indulging in multicultural exchanges, I am an avid cyclist & runner, love to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen, and take pleasure in capturing everyday moments with the click of my camera.