Getting Settled Into San Marcos (by Jacob & Calena)

Greetings from San Marcos!

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” -John 17:3

We wanted to show you a bit more of what it looks like here. We hope you enjoy our pictures. Next week, we will post some pictures of the University and a few of our adventures.

The outside of our Apartment.
A government arts center very close to our apartment. We bought an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe here to have in our bedroom.
A local clothing store very close to us. ‘Claro’ is one of two popular cell phone brands here. In this same building lives a family with multiple generations including our grandpa friend, Francisco, who talks to Blaise every day.
Pali is the local grocery store where we get our water, rice, beans, platanos, oatmeal, onions, peanuts, meat, and eggs. About a two to three minute walk from our apartment. This is the largest store in our town! Also it is owned by Walmart.
A three wheel ‘moto’ that is popular for transportation to and within cities. It is sort of like a gas golf cart.
A hotel close to us called ‘Hotel Casablanca.’ This is where you can stay if you visit us 🙂
A small clothing shop and house on the right side.
The San Marcos Church with Spanish architecture. We go here for 8AM Sunday Mass and Thursday 6PM Mass. There are also extra Masses and activities throughout the liturgical calendar.
The central park with free wifi and it is next to the Catholic Church. Almost every city has a central park and a big Catholic church right next to it.
A local restaurant with El Salvador style food.
This is Kevin. I try to visit their family every week to help him with his English homework and to visit his brother to teach him guitar.
We had Katya and Carlos over to share a meal. They both just graduated from Keiser University and are both originally from El Salvador.
This is us visiting the capital city of our department (or state – Carazo) called Jinotepe (Hee-no-te-pe).
Adoration in Jinotepe. Note the roses on the top of the pillar for St. Therese is watching over us all.

God Bless,

Jacob, Calena, & Blaise

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