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More Reflections

Reflections, ruminations, and random thoughts, part two Last night we cooked and peeled 300 hard-boiled eggs. The consensus of those peeling was that we’d never seen so many cooked eggs, let alone been asked to peel them all. Ki-ke’ surprised us with the street meal menu for the night, but he knows his people. The […]

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Reflections part one

Reflections, ruminations, and random thoughts Waiting at the puerta for boarding in about 45 minutes–we’ve sailed through check-in with minimal issues, and for a group of 19, that’s not bad. Dale, Marco, and I dropped the group off and drove away to the Alamo office, which is off the airport grounds proper. As the three […]

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Nov. 18, 2012

Nov. 18, 2012 The image I carry away from last night’s street meal involves Ki-ke’, no surprise. Over the years, despite our language barrier (which, especially with Dona Trini and him, often feels to me like a physical barrier), we have become close. He’s easy to become close to–warm, funny, caring, always eager to serve. […]

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Nov. 17, 2012

As our trips in November follow a similar schedule, we are here again on the weekend of the commemoration of the martyrs. It was 23 years ago that the six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter were dragged from their quarters and murdered by the death squads. In a civil war full, as wars […]

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Nov. 16, 2012

A few of us are journaling on the breezy, almost cool (but not) Concordia porch as Marco, wife Ailsa, and three of his Salvadoran friends share stories and laughs in Spanish at the other end of the table. We had a good adventure this evening going to Los Planes and Pupusaria Abbi’s, the pupusa restaurant […]

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Nov. 15th

Nov. 15, 2012 All last week the weather forecast for Sonsonate’ was thundershowers.  Not even “chance of,” just “thundershowers.”  This week, too, the forecast was the same.  So today was another absolutely beautiful day‑‑sunny, mid‑80’s, light breeze.  A bit humid, maybe, as I just broke my fifteenth sweat of the day digging stuff out of […]

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Nov. 14th

Nov. 14, 2012 The Case(s) of the Missing Medicine Ok, short answer, after another full day of negotiations, Marco was once again unable to get Customs to release the medicine.  He came very close–just heard the story in detail–but it will require one more trip to San Salvador tomorrow.  He has to go anyway, because […]

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November 13, 2012

Nov. 13, 2012 Late start on this update, so let’s get to the highlights and see if there’s enough impetus to go further—at your end or at mine. The marathon effort get little Ednilson his eye surgery is reaching a happy conclusion.  Today he got his testing done, with the surgery scheduled for tomorrow.  What […]

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November 12th

Nov. 12, 2012 Regular readers won’t be surprised by this–today has been a full day full of surprises and blessings. We gathered in the spacious, breezy Hotel Plaza lobby for breakfast at 6:30, knowing that we had lots of set-up work for the clinic before we could see our first patient.  The first surprise was […]

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Nov. 11th

Nov. 11 We’ve begun to settle into the Hotel Plaza in Sonsonate’, our home for the next few days.  Our day was full, not really news.  We had a typically abundant breakfast at Casa Concordia–our group really fills up that lovely porch, especially when 1-2 extra guests join us.  Then it was off to Bishop […]

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