Day One – San Salvador – Report from the Field from Travis Dupree

Day one has been great!

We had great conversations during the flights, primarily discussing what we wanted to get out of our visit. The airport in San Salvador was interesting and we were amused to see American fast food staples, Subway and Domino’s. Luis, our host took us on a great tour as we rode to the hotel (a quaint villa type with a tropical feel). I had no expectations but I really enjoyed seeing the historic landmarks.

The EJC delegation to El Salvador grabs some dinner after arriving.

The EJC delegation to El Salvador grabs some dinner after arriving.

We walked to a nice pupuseria (that didn’t sell pupusas til 5) for dinner and some of us were braver than others when it came to menu selections. The walk back to the hotel was eventful as the school children gawked and laughed at our delegation as we were obviously visitors. Everyone here has been very nice to us but since I can’t speak Spanish, I’m really interested in what the locals think of our delegation as I’m sure they’re wondering why we are here.

One thing I learned today is that the majority of El Salvadorians gain their perceptions about African American from media outlets which is obviously not favorable. I look forward to bridging that gap when we return home.

We’ll spend the remainder of the evening resting up and firming up our plans for tomorrow. Until tomorrow!

In solidarity,

Travis Dupree

Community Organizer, OUR DC

The EJC delegation to El Salvador grabs some dinner after arriving.