11.16.2014

What Does $15 Get You In El Salvador?

An entry into the Run El Salvador 5k Night Run ... along with a swag bag, t-shirt, time chip ... AND a slice of pizza and a beer after the race.

The start time was 9 pm, which was teetering a tad too close to my bedtime.  Even on a Saturday night.  Thankfully I was encouraged to rally by a gaggle of Embassy friends. 

Of course, it shouldn't have surprised me that when they said "Night Run", they course organizers TRULY meant, "you'll be running on the pothole-filled streets and highways in San Salvador in the absolute pitch black with zero street lights and few course markers, which you won't even be able to see because, did we mention ... no street lights?"

I didn't have a PR.  I didn't break an ankle.  We got the once in a Salvadorean lifetime opportunity to play a wicked game of "chicken" as we had to run across a BUSY road to get to our car ... AND we somehow managed to survive.

I'm calling last night's run a win.

 


11.09.2014

Marine Corps Ball ... aka Prom For Adults


Last night we attended the 239th birthday of the Marine Corps.  It was a beautiful event held outside at ILEA, the International Law Enforcement Academy here in San Salvador. 

It's been 7 years since Matt and I got this gussied up, and wow was it worth it!  This Marine Detachment is a special group of young men, who have enhanced our family's time here at post.  It was an honor to take part in their party, and share it not only with them, but with the dear friends we have made here in El Salvador. 

Of course, no fancy evening is complete without your maid seeing you in your bra and underwear as she helps tie, yank, pull, and bustle you into your dress ... as you pantomime and attempt to explain in your rudimentary Spanish, "mas apretado entonces mi pechugas no caer" ... which sadly translates into, "tighter so my chicken breasts no to fall." 

She got the point.


 "Cougar" Bootcamp ladies ... and our Bodies by Rene


 Our table mates ...
 Such a fantastic RSO office ...


 But wait ... lemme take a selfie!

 Thanks for the memories Marines!  Until next year ...

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