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Greetings from El Salvador! After nine days in El Cuco where I was lucky to get nine minutes a day of wifi, it feels almost overwhelming to be back on the grid here in El Tunco. (Overwhelming in a bad way when it comes to my inbox, overwhelming in a crazy fabulous way when it comes to how many new episodes of Parks and Recreation I just downloaded.)

I’m buzzing over the Equilibrio, the event this trip to Central America was built around — a first time festival created by several of my dear friends from Brooklyn. It was a beautiful balance of days filled with workshops on movement, art, and dreaming big, and nights spent dancing under the stars with our feet in the sand.

I left Equilibrio brimming with inspiration and covered with sun. I can’t wait to share more. But for now, I have some emails to answer… and some Leslie Knope bonding to do. Here’s a little peek of what’s to come.

Photo A

Yoga at La Tortuga VerdeYoga workshops

Photo B

Equilibrio Festival by Future ClearInspiring spaces

Photo C

Figure Drawing at EquilibrioCreative faces

Photo D

La Tortuga Verde El SalvadorA beautiful base camp

Photo E

El Cuco El SalvadorEquilibrio energy!

Photo F

Equilibrio Festival El SalvadorA closing burn

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Sonja Riemenschneider
    February 24 2015

    I love photo D with the surfboard colors and reflected Palm trees! Looks like a great experience!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      It so was! And yes, I went nuts for that palm tree reflection!

  • Tough one… I’m going to go with E though – you girls look like you’re having so much fun!!!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      We were! And I had three perfect models 🙂

  • Kathryn
    February 24 2015

    LOVE F! Fire is so hypnotic and evocative.

    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      It was a great way to close the festival. They built a beautiful structure!

  • Ashley
    February 24 2015

    Photo D- I love the palm tree reflection!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      It totally hypnotized me — I was out there with my camera for ages!

  • Justine
    February 24 2015

    I love photos E & F…it looks like a magical place! Enjoy your Parks and Rec marathon 😉
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      I just can’t believe it’s almost over! Sob!

  • Christie
    February 24 2015

    Gotta go with photo E on this one – so much happiness and that palm tree lined beach looks AMAZING!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      I couldn’t stop talking about that thick palm fringe lining the beach. So beautiful!

  • Photo E! I love that you’ve captured the moment. I love living vicariously through your Central American adventures!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      Thanks Michelle! I am definitely addicted to this part of the world.

  • Marni
    February 24 2015

    F is truly mesmerizing, but as someone who has an underwater camera, I have always loved in-the-water pictures, and I know how much fun it is to jump around and snap silly shots! E wins it for me this round.

    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      It really is! Love having something I can take out into the ocean — and such silly and beautiful friends willing to jump on command 😉

  • becky hutner
    February 25 2015

    F is STUNNING. You are such a good night photographer, Meihoukai! And Equilibrio seems right up my street. I love the way you build your travels around these things!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      Funny because I always feel I’m a weak night photographer since I’m more of an “eye for it” person than a technically trained genius. Glad to hear maybe I am being too hard on myself!

  • Rekha Devarapalli
    February 25 2015

    Hey Meihoukai,

    Every pic in this post is great but when I came to F, I was totally drawn. Such a great picture @ night!!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      Thanks Rekha. It was a powerful moment!

  • Sarah
    February 25 2015

    Photo E – It looks like you’re flying! (and having a lot of fun)
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      I was actually behind the lens for that one (I just realized the blonde hair of my friend Anna might be confusing!) 🙂 But man, yes we were having fun!

  • Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
    February 25 2015

    I love photo A. Looks like the perfect place to do yoga <3
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      I will miss the almost daily classes I took there. I’ve never done so much yoga in my life as I have here in Central America!

  • Lev
    February 25 2015

    Hard to choose – all of them look pretty great – But somewhere between E and F.
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      They seem to be the two favorite this week 🙂 Love it!

  • Janice Stringer
    February 25 2015

    Hi Meihoukai,
    It’s photo B for me today. I really like the combination of the bright colours with the fruit and the beach and I definitely need a little inspiration to keep my creative juices flowing at the moment!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      This festival definitely got mine going! Can’t wait to implement some of the ideas!

      • Janice Stringer
        February 27 2015

        That’s wonderful. This is the one thing that I find about travel-is the inspiration it provides me to be a creative individual. The Writer Elizabeth Gilbert has been known to say that she lives life ‘curiously.’
        I think for me it is ‘inspiration’ which drives me forward in my life and has shown itself in many ways. Some which may just look ordinary from the outside but for me as a person have been challenging.
        How about you Meihoukai?

        • Meihoukai
          February 27 2015

          On good days, I’d like to say it’s a rest of adventure. On bad days… I start to worry I’m just restless! 😉

  • Jade
    February 25 2015

    Sounds, and looks, amazing! Can’t wait to hear more!

    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      Working hard to get caught up 🙂 So much good stuff to share!

  • Steve
    February 25 2015

    I am choosing A. Been attempting yoga myself. The old body is still recovering.
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      It’s been a great experience for me. I have been practicing more than ever! Good for you for giving it a go.

  • Jenia
    February 25 2015

    definitely F 🙂
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  • A & F! Equilibrio sounds like perfection, can’t wait to read more about it and SOUTH AMERICA! Yet another place you’ve got me dying to get to.

  • Emily
    February 25 2015

    I like photo D for the reflection – so calm!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      It was the perfect place for a retreat. Intensely serene!

  • Leah
    February 25 2015

    I really like Photo C! Those pictures are beautiful and I love the artsy film camera (only arsty because nobody uses film anymore). Looks like you had fun!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 25 2015

      Ha, I’ve never seen so much film as I did at this festival! Lots of artsy types on the loose 😉

  • Rashaad
    February 25 2015

    I would choose photo F – because I could use a good party
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  • Emily
    February 25 2015

    Love the reflection in D and the intensity in F. Can’t wait to read about the experience!

  • Ása Steinarsdóttir
    February 27 2015

    Wow…first of all beautiful images!
    My favourite is with the surf board, or photo D.
    Looks so tempting to jump with one of them out to the ocean 🙂 Makes me really want to visit El Salvador <3

    • Meihoukai
      February 27 2015

      It’s a beautiful, under-appreciated little country! Happy I’m going to be able to give it some blog love.

  • Kris Lanzarote
    February 27 2015

    Hi there!

    Nice blog 🙂 I also visited Salvador last year and I loved this city. Although a bit expensive, but still people are so nice and the food is deliciouos.

    The photos are amazing and looks like you had lots of fun and enjoy the carnaval 🙂

    Thanks Kris

    • Meihoukai
      February 27 2015

      You visited El Cuco, Kris? I feel like I can barely say I saw El Cuco, really — we didn’t leave Tortuga Verde!

  • Rahman @ Iran Group Tours
    February 27 2015

    Photo E is full of life. It speaks to us about how much fun you’ve had.
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