Saturday, February 25, 2012

Meeting up with KC in El Salvador!

On my way home from Paraguay, I extended a layover in El Salvador to visit one of my favorites people, K.C., a dear friend from grad school.  K.C. and I met in Jerusalem, and shared many adventures in the Middle East together.  She is just wrapping up 2 years in El Salvador as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and the last time we saw each other was over 2 years ago, right before she left.  Needless to say, when I figured out I could route my flight back from Paraguay through El Sal and could extend it to see her for a few days before the end of her service... I was there in a hot minute :)

(I have to pause here and get a little mushy - I have been living a transient life style for.. a while now.  I don't know if you know this about me, but I am lucky to call some of the best people ON THE ENTIRE PLANET my close friends.  Seriously.  You should see the people who I hang out with.  That said, I don't get to be around my nearest and dearest all of the time, and most of them I actually only get to see every once in a long while.  While not ideal, that is the type of lifestyle that comes with the work I am passionate about.  All of that said, it means SO MUCH to me when I see dear friends after a long while, and we can just pick up like we just saw each other 2 days ago, instead of 2 years.  It is what keeps me going.  K.C. is one of those people - we looked at each other for about 2 seconds, and then picked up right where we left off.  It makes my heart happy and is a reminder of how blessed I truly am to have the amazing, passionate, motivated and loving friends that I do.  XOXO KC!)

We spent our time together at Tunco Beach just about an hour outside of San Salvador, and as always, shared stories, laughs, life dreams, good food and beverage, and I got the chance to meet some of her lovely friends from the last couple of years.  We took siestas in hammocks, played pick up games of beach volleyball on the black sand beach, made lists of all of the amazing food and drinks that needed to be consumed and worked our way through them (Ceviche! Pupusas! yummy homemade popcicles! Pina Colada! etc.etc), watched sunsets, swam in the ocean, swam in the pool, went days without taking off our swimming suits, met up with old friends, made new friends, learned to play the bongo drums on the beach at night, watched the stars with fellow travelers....

It was a beautiful, relaxing, rejuvenating several days.  I was able to call my team in Paraguay every day to check in, unwind from an intense month, and reconnect with one of my dearest all at the same time.

Thanks Atha for the wonderful few days!  Already looking forward to the next adventure...

1 comment:

Kate Cottrell said...

I've become addicted to reading blogs - they inspire me in my life and in my own blogging. I even read KC's blog. So wonderful!