Living in a developing foreign country presents a lot of day-to-day challenges. Resources are limited and unplanned inconveniences often unexpectedly arise. For example, oftentimes there’s simply no public water – the faucet simply doesn’t work at our house. Or, want hot water? Boiling it is often the only option. Need […]

The Dilemma of a Foreigner – Impacting Change


When people think of “Day of the Dead”, or “Dia de los Muertos” (in Spanish), they often think of Mexico. However, this celebratory holiday is not specific to Mexico. This day is celebrated by many latin cultures through-out Central America, including El Salvador where I live. Do they celebrate Day […]

Celebrating Day Of The Dead in El Salvador – Dia ...


I’ve come across a very interesting observation recently of how things work here in El Salvador. As my readers know, I’m always interested in economics and the inner social workings of communities and society at large. I moved to El Salvador approximately a year ago. This recent enlightening experience pertains […]

Lessons I Learned About Charitable Giving In El Salvador



When I recently wrote the blog article “Local Coffee in El Salvador“, I started wondering more about the Cacahuatique mountain region of eastern El Salvador. That’s where the most expensive coffee (green coffee) of El Salvador comes from. The high altitude of Cacahuatique region (>5,000 feet) gives farmers the rare […]

The Sociedad Cooperativa de Ciudad Barrios – Local Economics


My car broke down. While returning from the beach with my girlfriend and her mother, apparently the engine coolant (antifreeze) system broke and released all of the cooling fluid onto the road. I didn’t know this. Naturally, my engine overheated and this led to some serious engine problems. Living in […]

Finding a Mechanic in Central America


It’s called Tic Tac, or “Tic Tack”, depending on where you read about it. Supposedly it’s not the official “national” liquor of El Salvador. It seems they don’t really have an “official” national liquor, in the way they have an official national flower (the Izote flower) which is a national […]

Tic Tac – The national liquor of El Salvador