El Salvador: My Adventure So Far

“Life itself is a quotation.” -Jorge Luis Borges

As stated in my “About Me” page, the purpose of the blog is to share literary posts and resources (especially for my students). However, I’m living in El Salvador and wanted to share some of my experiences so far. There’s so much travel literature that exists, so there’s my loose connection: for the win!

I arrived in El Salvador nearly two months ago, and as a first-year teacher, most of my time is spent grading and lesson-planning. However, I’m trying to get out and see this beautiful country as well!

Parque Arqueologico San Andres
Lago de Coatepeque
Catedral de Santa Ana
Catedral de Santa Ana
Teatro de Santa Ana
My Salvadorian family…my home away from home.
Resultado de imagen para el salvador pupusas
…and of course, pupusas (con curtido y salsa)


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El Día de los Farolitos is a festival on September 7th in the area of Ahuachapán. The day has two origin stories: a remembrance of a great earthquake that hit around 1850 or the celebration of the Virgin Mary’s birth. Beautiful, colored lamps are displayed throughout the town (we visited Ataco, the most popular celebration destination and a real gem). Though I saw one other gringo, this is a celebration for Salvadorians: music, street food, dancing, and lots of people. After walking around for a couple hours, my friends and I finished the night with dinner at Sibaritas.

So many great adventures and so many to come! So far, I think the farolitos are my favorite experience.


  1. It looks like such a beautiful place! Looking forward to more posts about your adventures and any literature specific to the the place that you come across 🙂

    1. calebjwestbrook says:

      Yes, thanks! I have a list from a friend of all the Latino literature I need to check out.

      1. If you don’t get the notification, I nominated you on my Blogger Recognition Award Post! Keep me updated about Latino lit 🙂

      2. calebjwestbrook says:

        Ah, yes, I saw! Thank you; that’s very kind of you to think of me and my blog. And congratulations to you for your own nomination!

  2. Daal says:

    I’m not a teacher but am much enjoying your blog 🙂

    1. calebjwestbrook says:

      Thanks so much! As is common with blogs (I suspect), it kind of takes a life of its own. Your comment has prompted me to update my “About Me” since the purpose/direction has slightly evolved. I’m really enjoying it. Have a great day!

      1. Daal says:

        I’m so glad – look forward to reading the update 🙂

  3. Becca Rodríguez says:

    Hey Mr. Caleb I am glad that you are having a great time here in El Salvador and that you enjoy spending time with your friends. Hopefully you get to know more of our culture eventually.
    11A #15

    1. calebjwestbrook says:

      Thanks Rebecca! It’s been great so far! (+2)

  4. Mariela Magana says:

    Hello Mr! It is nice to see how much fun you are having while living here in El Salvador. Personally, I hope you like our country and people as little by little you get to know it! Hopefully you get to visit the beach or mountains as well. You will definitely like them!
    11″A” #11

    1. calebjwestbrook says:

      Yes, I have a list of all the places I need to visit. Thanks! (+2)

  5. Gabriela👊 says:

    Mr. Caleb these pictures are amazing! I hope that you get to really be infatuated with this country. I am 100% positive about how much you will love beaches in here, and maybe you can do a senior trip to some place with us (“education trip” of course ehmm)
    12A #9

    1. calebjwestbrook says:

      Haha! Education, of course! Yes, I’m really excited to check out the beaches. (+2)

  6. onan sanchez says:

    Mr. Caleb am glad you are enjoying El Salvador. You are doing a great job at school, congratulations!!
    Also I like your passion of playing BKB, you are really good man!

    1. onan sanchez says:

      11 A, # 17 I forget it

    2. calebjwestbrook says:

      Thanks Onan! I’m very blessed to be here. (+2)

  7. Jose H. (12A-#11) says:

    We all should go on a “school trip” someday. I’m so glad that you are enjoying it. Nice pictures too.

    1. calebjwestbrook says:

      Thanks Jose! That would be a lot of fun! I hope we can do that! (+2)

  8. 12A says:

    Hi Mr. I’m hapy that you can enjoy our country. El Salvador has so many places where you can go and have a nice time. You should definitely go to the beaches here, personally I recommend Costa Azul or El Tunco.
    I hope you contiue to enjoy and get to love our country!

    1. 12A-·#2 says:

      #2. 12A

    2. calebjwestbrook says:

      Awesome! Thanks! I have those suggestions written down. (+2)

  9. 11 A #18 says:

    Mr Caleb, it’s really fun to see how besides teaching you’re taking the time to get to know our country better. I hope you’re having lots of fun!!

    1. calebjwestbrook says:

      Yes, I’m loving my experience here! Thanks!

    2. calebjwestbrook says:


  10. 11b #9 says:

    hey Mr , glad you are enjoying the country , you are doing a great job as a teacher

    1. calebjwestbrook says:

      Thanks! El Salvador is awesome! (+2)

  11. 11B #5 says:

    Mr. Caleb, I really liked this post you shared about the places you have visit in El Salvador. My favorite part was the video of “La Fiesta de Farolitos”. I hope you can visit many other places in this country. Enjoy it!

    1. calebjwestbrook says:

      La Fiesta de Farolitos fue chivo! Gracias!

  12. 11 A #8 says:

    Mr. Caleb, I’m very glad you are enjoying this country so much and learning about our culture, I hope you can continue visiting other interesting places here and keep enjoying your stay. Nice pictures by the way!

    1. calebjwestbrook says:

      Thanks! (+2)

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