We did not move away to retire, but to continue doing business in a better way, with a better cost of living.We have no plans to leave, and we are calling El Salvador our new home country.This is our first adventure in living abroad, but we spent the last decade living in the San Francisco bay area.We realized we wanted to live in Central America when my husband’s travels in his job of sourcing coffee gave him a glimpse that we didn’t have to keep doing things the same way we always had.We moved to El Salvador this year, with our daughter. We work in the fields of coffee and beer, and Self Employed is the best description.
My favorite places to hang out are Viva Espresso for coffee, Republik, and La Ventana are great bars, and there are too many great restaurants to name…. We are currently tourists, and must leave the country every three months to renew that status.We are working on our residency, which will technically be a retirement residency, because other forms of residency are difficult to get.I’m not glad they are poor, but I’m glad they have not yet been pushed out and the coastal communities are still centered around the basics, like small scale fishing. Before moving I heard way too much about gang violence, and the dangers of driving here.What I have found is that there is terrible poverty that breeds terrible violence, but that the situation is much more common sense than the media would lead you to believe. El Salvador is NOT safe, and you need to keep your wits about you, but it is not as bad as portrayed and I’ve seen more kindness than anything else.