Art in a Traffic Jam
Traffic in San Salvador is insane. Too many people coming into the city. Too many people going out from the city. We are almost always late, no matter how much extra time we estimate we will need. There are many things you can do while sitting in traffic. Putting on make-up: yes, even in the back of a pick-up truck. Purchasing bananas, quesadilla, or trash bags: yes, if you know what corner features what items. You can buy a paper. Heck, you can read the paper. You can also read the billboards: there are many new, flashy, bright electronic billboards that scroll through a dozen advertisements from cheap flights to the US, to the best paint, to the political candidates of your choice. You can usually get through the whole batch of ads two or three times before the traffic moves. And then there is art. Many of San Salvador's traffic circles and plazas feature art installations: statues, fountains, modern sculptures and beautiful plantings. Murals are everywhere !