I am eager to share stories from El Salvador, where my husband and I just spent a week with our 11-month-old daughter. Yes, it is possible to travel abroad and enjoy a developing country with your baby in tow. I have stories and lessons to share, but first… the photos.
El Salvador has a per capita income of $3,370 if you can fathom that. What makes poverty picturesque? I don’t know. I ponder my attraction to developing nations, and why I keep returning. I will discuss my reasons in an upcoming post. For now, my husband helps me articulate it by saying, “it’s different.” I think one reason is because age shows; vulnerability shows; what we keep hidden here in the U.S. seems more visible in developing nations — literal and figurative dirty laundry. David was surprised to see a funeral home displaying caskets in an open-air salon in La Libertad.
Here I’ve collected portraits of the people I saw up close. Inside one market in Juayúa, I was commanded not to take photos. (This also happened at a local market in Mexico City, and it felt the same, like bullying and xenophobia, but it may be pride, rather than prejudice).
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Please let me know what impressions these images stir up.