I have been to El Salvador once before, 12 years ago. Both of my parents are from El Salvador and I have family that still lives there. My dad was going to take a trip and I thought I would take advantage and go with him. I didn't remember much from the last time I visited, but I remember not being a huge fan. This time was completely different, and I enjoyed much more than I ever thought I would. I met family I had never met before. I saw places I had only imagined from my mother's stories. I have a new found love and respect for where I come from. El Salvador is a beautiful country with an sad past. It and it's people have been taken advantage of and still to this day consumerism and corporations have polluted it's beautiful lands, but it's beauty still shines through the rubble.