El Salvador and Honduras : permaculture, heat and problems

Paisaje escondidoEntering El Salvador

The border post of Anguiatu isn’t very used by cars and travelers. It is an important commercial road though. For 10 minutes, I was passing a long line of trucks waiting for their inspection. Hookers were saying hi from a high balcony and others were walking between the trucks. It’s a merchandise transportation’s parallel economy we should say…

I exchange what I had left of Guatemalan quetzals for American dollars. El Salvador got rid of it’s own money for Uncle Sam’s one at he beginning of the 2000. Here, I’m not yelled “gringo” at like in Guatemala, but they simply take for granted in the discussions I’m United Statian. “And your family in United States?” I’m being asked. “When are you going back to Los Angeles?”. On what I’m answering: Continue reading

A small city giving hope

I was mentionning in my article about Colorado how Gunnison impressed me by its sustainable development initiatives. My host in this little student town was Tawny, a young woman well involved in her community. On the five to six thousands inhabitants, about 2.000 are students. That gives quite a young demographic to the city! Tawny works for Wilderness Pursuit, an organization that gives the opportunity to students to participate in outdoor’s activities and rent equipment for camping, hiking, climbing and biking at minimal cost.

Tawny gave me a tour of her university campus that recently implanted a free bike system, managed by the library. A book and a bicycle for 48 hours, they are borrowed with the same card! The objective is to encourage the students to move around the city on bicycle instead of by car, and eventually acquire their own bicycle.


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