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Happy Six Months. I hope you were serious about that "grit" thing. Love, El Salvador.

     Today is the six month anniversary of Danielle's Big Move to El Salvador. In celebration, El Salvador has given me a gift that calls my bluff on that whole bit about having "grit." Or maybe it's the "grace" part. Anyhow, yesterday, I was diagnosed with Typhoid Fever.      Now, ... read more

Danielle Mackey

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Gabriel

    Invierno. Rainy season. It's an uncharacteristically dry day, and hot. Gabriel just got back from an ice cream outing with his mom and he's knocking on my metal door. We don't really know each other yet, Gabriel and I. I am still the strange new foreigner living in his ... read more

Danielle Mackey

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Losing My Shoes and My Mind

Written 9-3-08 I am in a place where the only people who wear shoes are the construction workers in their flip flops. I am in a place where i speak spanish and pay in american dollars. I am in a place where street signs and 9 year olds are sponsored ... read more

Rachel Holan

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Etiquette

Don't leave voicemails, no one will listen to them

Caitlin Quigley

03 Dec 2009

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Since most people in El Salvador have prepaid cell phones, no one bothers to use precious saldo (prepaid balance) to check voice messages. Instead of leaving messages, it is normal to call someone repeatedly until you get through. Sometimes I get eight missed calls from one person. Texting is also much cheaper -- so get used to T9 en español.

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Food

Tickets at the grocery store

Caitlin Quigley

16 Nov 2009

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At the supermarket, you need to bring your produce to the counter to get weighed and bagged before checking out. When you do, you have to decide between a "ticket," which is a printout receipt, and a "factura," which is a very fancy, official, multi-page receipt. Usually the cashier will ask "¿solo ticket?" right after saying hello - and they're hoping you will say "sí."

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Health

If it smells like burning, your shower is over

Caitlin Quigley

03 Dec 2009

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Hot water is a beautiful luxury. In El Salvador, your showerhead might have a giant heating unit attached to lots of wires. Instead of a hot water tank, the water is being heated directly above your head right before it comes out. If you constantly get tiny electric shocks from touching the metal faucet, seek help, or just tie a rubber glove to the metal. The more water volume you want, the colder it will be, since the heater has a limited capacity. I like a very hot trickle. If you stay in longer than five minutes, you might smell burning, so don't linger.

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