Why every backpacker should do a work-exchange at a hostel

I spent way too much money in San Pedro de Atacama, in part because the town itself is very expensive and I wasn’t as ready as I thought. My bad. So I went to Arica, Chile, a town known as a city with eternal spring. It’s also a desert town but has a beach right next to it. It’s also known to have an Afro-Chilean population and there are many descendants of Chinese immigrants from the 1890s. This explains the many Chinese restaurants that offer chifa that aren’t Peruvian.

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Sometimes I feel like a fake salvadoreña

I grew up in Los Angeles after my mother took me there from El Salvador on July 9, 1989. At that time there weren’t as many Salvadorans as there are now, and one of the first places I lived in was Compton. From what my mother told me, her plan was for us to be there for two years so she could learn English and how to use computers. We were extremely fortunate to have obtained tourist visas, meaning we skipped crossing Guatemala and Mexico to get to the US.

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