Last week in Spanish class, we had to give brief presentations en español on nuestros países de destino (our destination countries). We covered the basics: geography, climate, environment, history, government, economy, culture and tourism.I actually learned quite a bit, and I thought I would share a few facts.The highlight of my presentation was undoubtedly the slide on customs and traditions, including food and beer (I took those top three photos at Haydee’s in Mount Pleasant last week, which as you know I like to frequent for its excellent live music and Salvadoran beer).Fun facts about El Salvador:
- Cerveza Pilsener is the national beer of El Salvador.
- The pupusa is the national food of El Salvador; National Pupusa Day is the second Sunday in November and is celebrated with a weeklong festival.
- El Salvador’s nickname is “the Land of the Volcanoes.”
- El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America but has the largest population (6.1 million) and the third-largest economy (behind Costa Rica and Panama).
- There are eight kinds of sea turtles in the world, and four of them call the Salvadoran coast their home (well, they don’t “call” anything home because turtles can’t talk — duh).
- El Salvador’s current President, Mauricio Funes, is the first president from the FMLN party.
- Remittances constitute 17% of El Salvador’s economy; an estimated 1.1 million Salvadorans live in the United States — with large concentrations in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.
- The largest mall in Central America, Metrocentro, is located in San Salvador, the capital city.
I was even able to discuss some current events, such as the current gang truce, which is approaching its fourth month, and the significant number of lives saved as a result. En español, por supuesto.Next week, we get to give presentations on a topic of our choosing. Any suggestions? Keep in mind that I have the vocabulary of a 10-year-old.