Just when I was feeling good about myself…
I saw this guy asking me “quieres un helado?”
Wait, am I seeing this right? There is a guy selling ice cream on the top of the lip of the crater. How did he get here so easily?
“Soy Rajib. Cual es tu nombre?” I put up a brave front.
For the rest of the conversation, I had to get my interlocutor Gabriel to help.
Turns out Carlos climbs up the volcano … every single day… with 100 ice creams on his shoulder. He charges $1.50 per ice cream.
That is his livelihood.
I could not get past the climbing up to the tallest peak in El Salvador everyday.
I gave him 3 bucks and told him that I do not eat ice cream. But he could offer free ice cream to two customers of his choice on this day.
And that I wanted a picture of him! To which he readily obliged!!