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April 27, 2003

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There's only one way to tour San Salvador - keep boarding random public buses that take you around the city. The décor combines Spanish villa with barbed wire. Every building looks as if it is ready to meet a siege. No tourists. People seem wary yet friendly. The civil war that last for 12 years (prolonged by American backing, we didn't want the government to fall into the hands of Socialists) has scarred the culture.
We just graduated from Spanish school so we're fairly certain this graffiti isn't friendly. Many people feel anger towards the US because they believe its support of the Salvadoran military and death squads extended the civil war and caused much more bloodshed.
Colorful churches try to alleviate the atmosphere of poverty.