There are times in your life you need to listen to your heart and your soul. If your soul is screaming then it’s time to change direction and re-evaluate your life and surroundings. I knew it would be scary to take a risk, but something needed to change.
It has been almost 6 months since this realization and the trip that I took, that happened to be the calling of my life. At the time I was working in an environment full of negative energy. I Knew I was not following my heart or passions and I was becoming negative too. It was time to take a leap of faith and leave the job.
I searched the internet for something and somewhere to go and came across this amazing place called Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. It was like a calling because everything fell into place. My flights were dirt cheap and the accommodations were amazingly cheap too. Since Camilla had not started a full time job yet and was only working freelance, I looped her in and dragged her on my adventure.
Together we found paradise and a new calling.
So let me introduce you to our little slice of heaven: Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Surrounded by Volcanos and eternal Spring temperatures you’d think you found a hidden oasis. It takes about 3 hours by car to get from the airport to the lake and then a water taxi to get to any of the villages. We stayed in Santa Cruz La Laguna, which equated to a 20 minute ride on a water taxi from the main city to get there. We arrived at night in Panajachel and met up with our boat captain who then took us to Santa Cruz.
We motored in the dark towards Santa Cruz, arriving at a quaint little hotel and hostel where were greeted with a delicious all organic meal and red wine, all the while enjoying the entertainment of the host and guests playing guitars and singing for us. After a full meal and one of the nicest welcomes we could have imagined after such a long trip, the owner of the hotel contacted Ramos (our grounds keeper of the home we rented), who came down to lead us back up towards our home for the week. It was a 10 minute hike up hill in pitch black, with only a flashlight to guide us through the winding paths and over grown jungle until we arrived at our villa above the lake.
This is Oso. He is Ramos’s dog and he would visit every day and night. He loved us because we gave him treats. There are tons of dogs in Guatemala and some of them are not as friendly. We were given the low down our first day that if a vicious dog came towards us in attack mode, we should pretend to reach down to grab stones on the ground and that this would scare them and they would run away.
It was sad to say goodbye to such a beautiful and untouched place in the world. But we knew it was not really goodbye but more like “see ya later!” The Mayan word Atitlan means “the place the rainbow gets it color”and we can not agree more that the colorful land and people are a testament to the meaning.