This day of the tour always sets the stage for the remainder of the tour. Today we spent the morning learning the history of El Salvador with Equipo Maiz, an amazing session that answered some questions but left us with many more. Our presenter was Carlos, and we were very fortunate to have him with us.
He started with the earliest history of the Pipils and moved on to the revolt of 1932. Such an incredible story. He referenced Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America during his talk and it was easy to imagine Galeano right there presenting with him. This is a book that I recommend you read if you want to understand the Latin American condition.
My background is history and I don't believe you can really understand a country unless you understand the story of its people. We now have some of the background that we will need for the remainder of our journey.
|A graphic from an earlier presentation by Equipo Maiz|
This is why we are here - to learn and never forget.