We were excited to get into Guatemala. We missed (making attempts at) speaking Spanish, and we had heard they had real mountains. After the hot and humid coastal regions of Belize, we were ready for little higher altitude. Guatemala gave us some of our most overlandy experiences to date, and was the first country we've really settled into one place for an extended period of time.
After seven months of traveling, the newness and excitement can start to wear off, and you don't appreciate the incredible opportunity that immersing yourself in a foreign country can be. For that reason, it is so refreshing to have someone visit for whom these experiences are brand new. For two weeks, we were so fortunate to have Eva stay with us at Lago de Atitlan and show us how much we had been missing without her!
We don’t really think of ourselves this way, but Americans are isolated. The sheer size and geographical diversity available in our country affords us a wide array of places to visit or make our home. We have small towns, large cities, mountains, deserts, beaches, swamplands, and temperate rainforest. It’s possible to go skiing one weekend and spend the next one in the sun and sand; all without ever crossing an international border.
We’ve been saying since we left home that the way we want to travel is spending more time in fewer places. Has that been the case so far… not really. But now, we've reached Lake Atitlan and we're ready to slow down for a while and plan our next few months on the road!
Our first adventure in Guatemala was what we had hoped our whole life would be like on the road! Crazy and unique experiences for a fraction of the cost. They're not the norm we thought they would be, but when they do happen they are that much more special!
We always seem to slow down as we near a border crossing. At least that’s been the case for the three we’ve encountered so far. As we study up on the new country, we begin to appreciate the current one in a different light. Faced with a whole new culture in a place we’re unfamiliar with seems to help us feel more at home where we are.
Our time in Mexico was something we'll never forget. We're loving Belize, but find ourselves missing Mexico already. This is a sentiment we've heard from many travelers- No matter where you go or how long you're gone, you'll always miss Mexico.