On Sunday morning, Joaquin took me in the bus to Comasagua a small town in the hills, with a stop for pupusas along the way. I’m surprised we will stop for pupusas because they are everywhere in the city.
We ride in an old repurposed school bus out of the city and climb into the mountains. When we get off the bus for our breakfast, we have risen above the city and have an amazing view of the valley below. The hot humid air is replaced with clear crisp air, like in New Hampshire. We still have to climb a steep set of stairs to the restaurant, aptly named Nirvana.
We are seated on a terrace built on the mountainside and overlooking the valley and mountains further out. The tables are modern but made to look rustic. We sit right at the railing enjoying the view. There are lush gardens and hummingbirds flitter about.
Joaquin notices the rumble first and loudly says “earthquake” in both English and Spanish. Then I notice it. It is a low rumble; enough to make the coffee in my mug shake a bit but not spill. Suddenly, being on a terrace in the side of a mountain is not the best place to be. It passes after a few seconds and we enjoy our breakfast.
A pupusa is a stuffed tortilla cooked on a griddle and served with salsa and a vegetable mix on the side. The fillings can be just about anything. Most have a local cheese that is similar to mozzarella and something else also. Shredded pork or refried beans with the queso are common. They are served piping hot and must be eaten with care. Oh, and they are delicious.
After, we take the bus to Comasagua. It is a small village. Most of the homes and business are in buildings similar to the neighborhood where I am living. A few buildings withstood the 2001 earthquake and are built of lovely old brick with detailed doors and windows. There is a very small market and a few craft shops. The town is maybe five square blocks. It gives me a sense of small community life. After roaming the town, we board the bus back to Santa Tecla.
Note: Joaquin found a report that the earthquake measured 5.5 on the Richter scale and was centered not far off the coast.