IN A PLACE WITH CHEAP RUM AND COKES, NOBODY IS A STRANGER—Roads & Kingdoms

IN A PLACE WITH CHEAP RUM AND COKES, NOBODY IS A STRANGER: Roads & Kingdoms — February 2017.

The street was quiet in Suchitoto, a small town in northern El Salvador full of history and artists. We had been told about Café Bar El Necio; it seemed like it was the place to be in town, though the surrounding sleepy buildings gave nothing away.

Suddenly laughter and dim red light spilled out of windows at the corner. We had arrived, and the small bar was packed, both with people and with the Salvadorean Civil War and Communist memorabilia that filled every available space on the walls.

I grabbed a place at the end of a dark, pockmarked wood table while my boyfriend headed for the bar. I gazed around at the flags hanging from the rafters above my head; the posters and black-and-white photographs from many countries and decades lining the walls. There was Fidel Castro; there was Che Guevara. Artifacts, including rebel hats and guerilla guns, were displayed proudly. It was quite a collection.

Read the full story at http://roadsandkingdoms.com/5-oclock-somewhere/in-a-place-with-cheap-rum-and-cokes-nobody-is-a-stranger/

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