Photo Phriday – El Salvador

I was recently on a relief trip to El Salvador, so I thought I’d share a few pictures. We were there to represent about 100 people who sponsor children to help them stay in school.

We were also there representing our church that does fundraising to help with projects in some of the rural communities. This year we helped pay for a greenhouse and reservoir for the greenhouse, along with some help with the construction.

Picture one is the reservoir before, than two is after the liner is added. The poles in the background are what will hold up the fabric cover for the large greenhouse. The third image is us helping sew the cover of the greenhouse together.

Our last day was at a lovely open-air airbnb house on the coast.

 

Photo Phriday – American Soutwest

I haven’t done Photo Phriday for quite a while so I thought I’d share some pictures I took while on a trip to Nevada and Southern California this January.  It’s a lovely area and I’d recommend it to anyone!

 

El Salvador Trip 2014

My husband, daughter and I recently took our semi-annual trip to El Salvador. We are part of a group in Wisconsin and Illinois that sponsor kids to go to school (a whopping $160/year) and we fund-raise each year to get money to help locals in rural communities with various projects. Lately, we have been helping build homes (you’ll see them lower in the post). The community of Alegria has a cooperative that families can belong to to help each other build homes. To participate, each family has to contribute $8/month until they can save up $500. That is their part of the cost of an approx. $3000 cider-block, two room home. All the families show up to put up the home. If they are lucky, they can save more money and by some paint.

Enjoy!

These first ones are from the large capital city of San Salvador.

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These are from our meetings with kids our group sponsors in some of the rural communities. We even got traditional entertainment this year. Saw kids with cell phones this year, which I hadn’t seen before – mostly it just was adults, if they had one at all, which most didn’t and probably still don’t in the rural communities.

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These next pictures are from Alegria in the south-central mountain area where a lot of coffee is grown. It actually can get very cool in the evening in the hills of Alegria. We weren’t the only foreigners in Alegria, there were Spaniards visiting as well. It’s a tourist destination.

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These last set of pictures are from a day and a half at Cosa del Sol. Very warm and relaxing.

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Photo Phriday

My brother sent me this one. It’s from Jakub Polomski. I feel like as cold as it is this November in Wisconsin, I think this is what our winter is going to be like this year. Yikes! (that’s me and my family walking to the store because we’re out of milk and there is so much snow that we can’t drive.)

Alpinists - Chamonix

Alpinists – Chamonix, France

Statue of Liberty Birthday

On this day in 1885 the Statue of Liberty arrived in the New York Harbor, a gift from France to commemorate the new countries centennial and the friendship with their allies across the sea.

courtesy of twintravelconcepts.com

courtesy of twintravelconcepts.com

It  was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, created by Bartholdi,  Gustave EiffelRichard Morris Hunt. It came in 350 pieces and wouldn’t be erected for 6 months. It is quite the site. It is must see on any trip to the Big Apple. Such an amazing structure for the immigrants to gaze at on their way to Elise Island.

Happy 130th Brooklyn Bridge!

How can I not say something about this wonderful bridge. I like bridges, especially old and wonderfully built ones such as the Brooklyn Bridge – one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US. I know it has been and is currently under repair, but still, to last 130 years surrounded by all that pollution and with all that use.  I was glad my kids and I were able to walk part of the promenade when we were there last August, though the promenade is no longer made of wood as one of the older photos shows. It took a bit to figure out how to get to it, (You have to go a few blocks from the water’s edge) but it was worth the effort. A must see for any New York vacation!

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It took 14 years to build at a  cost of 1 million dollars at the time (late 1800s) and approximately 12 lives. It was dedicated on May 24th, 1883