I dragged myself out of bed with the mosquito net basically in my mouth from tossing and turning all night excited for my next venture: hitchhiking to Playa El Tunco in El Salvador.

The night before, I had met a couple from Canada named Alex and Luke — two new-age hippies who met while tree-planting and decided to do a road trip from Canada down to Panama in their yellow 1970s Volkswagen van. After talking, it turned out they were heading to Playa El Tunco and within minutes it was decided that I would hitch a ride with them. Because, why not!

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