transport | urbanism | adventures | pontification
Buses in El Salvador’s capital had some of the most eye-catching modifications I’ve seen yet. Quite a few of the school buses had lifted front suspensions so that they drove down the highways tilted backwards, some nearly to the point of having their back bumpers on the pavement. While I didn’t get the chance to ride on a bus modified like this, I imagine it would make boarding fairly difficult. Other common decorations included Freightliner truck-style spoilers and numerous shark fins; maybe the buses are trying to be scary to discourage extortion?
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One of the most spiritual parts of my journey so far was my visit to The Hospital of Divine Providence in San Salvador. At the altar of the hospital’s small chapel, in March, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated. Sitting in the pews next to the window through which he was shot, walking around his bedroom, looking at his bookshelf full of everything from biblical commentaries to his Toyota Corona owners manual, and seeing the typewriter on which he typed his sermons, I was struck by the lasting power of his call for justice and peace.