One of the first things you'll see in San Salvador is this enormous "welcome home" to Salvadoran expatriates.
The capital's most unusual public display, alongside a highway.
You don't have to travel anywhere to check out what is probably the capital's most unusual public display; as you head into town from the airport the highway runs right by an enormous arch of metal struts supporting an also huge sign that reads, "Hermano, bienvenido a casa" ("Brother, welcome home"), constructed by the city government in 1994 to honour the many Salvadorans living outside the country who remain, after all, so important to the country's economy thanks to the money they send home. The migrant population is an important part of culture and the Salvadoran economy and has a place of honor when visiting the city. More recently additions and changes have been made, adding ceramic-tile mosaic murals by folk artist Fernando Llort, as well as nighttime illumination. It provides a wonderful greeting not just to returning Salvadorans but to all visitors.