Today was May 1st, as you are aware, but here in El Salvador that means that today was the International Worker's Day March. The March was full of numerous organizations representing themselves and others as a means of solidarity. As guests in the country we of course did not join in (it wasn't a protest, by the way), but we observed. We also actually recognized some of the people we had met this past week who were participating in the March. There was also fireworks going off during the March, which I didn't quite get used to. I really appreciated the collective aspect of unifying for human rights and celebrating solidarity.
After leaving the March, we went outside of the city a ways and visited Maria's house. Maria is a close old friend of both of the leaders of the group. We learned to make pupusas (pictured below), which are tortillas filled with beans and cheese. We have eaten them at meals many times before and it was fun to actually make them! It was nice meeting with Maria and her family and making food together.
After visiting with Maria for a bit, we came back to the hotel and had the rest of the evening to do what what we wanted. Our group decided to go out and explore the town. Before we left I took a picture of the outside of the hotel, as I mentioned that I would include pictures eventually.
**This will be my last post for a few days, as we are headed to the northern part of the country for the weekend and staying with host families.