On Thursday, Eduardo and I had a real date night! We have never been out later than Liliana's bed time before so this was a pretty big deal. We headed out around 5:45pm for the city. It felt like such a long drive there considering we were both starving and I hadn't been feeling well all day. I pushed through it telling myself I wouldn't back out of this date for anything. Eduardo and I desperately needed a night together with just the two of us. We had some ideas of what we would do, but we were open for anything and didn't want to have too many expectations. We got all dressed up, which I LOVE to do, but don't ever have the occasion for much these days. We snapped some pics of each other on the way out!
One particular restaurant we have been to several times inspired the Thursday night date. A Mexican restaurant called Los Cebollines was the first place we hit.
We had dinner (and I must add the Mexican food in ES in WAY different than the States) and the BEST part was that they have FREE margaritas for all the ladies after 6pm on Thursdays. What can beat that?!
It's no secret that my hubby and I like to have a good time. After all, we did meet at a Salsa Dancing club ;) So we took our time eating our food, Eduardo had beer and I had my share of some pretty amazing margaritas.
It was a great start to the night.
Following dinner we walked around La Gran Via where the restaurant was. It's the upscale area of San Salvador with nice shops and restaurants and it's really safe. I've commented before that I hardly feel as though I am even in El Salvador at this place.
We then headed over to MultiPlaza, an upscale mall next door to where we were that has a level with all kinds of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. We looked around to see what our options were. There was a club playing solely Salsa music we were excited about, but the cover charge was a lot for us and we wanted to see what else we could find. Funny enough we ended up in a Karaoke bar. I have never even been to a karaoke bar even in the States. It was dark with really old music which a lot of people like, but not me so much. There was a HUGE table of gringos at this bar as well. I couldn't believe it. They looked like they were having a great time. If the margarita I ordered hadn't been so strong and nasty, we might have stayed. I was so curious as to how all these gringos came about being there. But I shyed away as I do and we left.
We had passed another Mexican restaurant on our walk that was going to be having a live band at 9:30pm. We walked back that way and it sounded pretty good. We went in and got a table. There were a few couples dancing and right away Eduardo got me up there for a Merengue. It was really fun. A big party that was there left leaving not too many more people in the place. But we didn't care. Even if it was just us, we got back up there for a few more songs. Eduardo requested a Bachata, my favorite, and we had a great time.
Unfortunately starting at the karaoke bar, my sickness I had felt all day caught up with me. I kept having to go to the bathroom and my stomach wasn't doing so well. We left the live band and made our way upstairs back to the club playing Salsa music. Eduardo was really pumped up by this point and really wanted to go in. I really desperately wanted to as well, but my body wouldn't cooperate. I was so sick and mad at myself for being sick. I told Eduardo I just couldn't do it. Especially since we had to pay to get in this place, I didn't want to leave right away. I could tell he was really disappointed, but was trying not to show it (which didn't work, btw). We headed home.
The ride home was SO LONG. 1 hour of darkness and turning and swerving up and down the mountains. Not only was I sick at this point, but also way drunk on top of it. Don't get me wrong it was a good time and if I hadn't been sick before we went out, things probably wouldn't have ended the way they did. But because Eduardo and I are the way we are, we ended up getting upset with each other. I can't even remember if it was a fight or not, but it wasn't good and the next day wasn't much better. I guess habits die hard. We have always been fighters and as much as I hate that part of our relationship, it seem like it will never change.
But Liliana did great. We had given my MIL money to take Liliana out with one of our aunts and her son for pizza. So they had all gone into town for dinner. She said Liliana never cried once. When she asked for us, Ana would just say we were at the dentist and she would go "ohhh" and that was it. I was so happy to hear that. She didn't go to sleep until 11pm though and wanted to sleep outside in the hammock, not in the room. Eduardo brought her to bed when we got back, shortly after that and of course she cried and was mad at me and didn't sleep well all night! Ha! That's what I get.
So now you have a play-by-play of our date night. It was great for the most part. I would do it again in a heartbeat if we could afford it, but I think it's a one time thing. Unfortunately the gas money is just too much and like anywhere in the world, going out is expensive! But atleast Eduardo and I both got to feel like our fun selves again, even if just for a few hours.