Catching the boat in Panajachel to San Marcos
Taking a break from our normal routine in Guatamela, we took a boat trip to San Marcos to spend the day swimming in Lake Atitlan.
The boys love to sit in the bow
I just love the traditional traje that the men and women wear
Atlas is so cute (and smug)
The top is called the guipil (wee-peel), the skirt is called the falda (fall-duh), and the belt is the faja (fah-ha)
Lake Atitlan has been rising significantly over the past few years. This used to be a store or something like that.
Is it just us? Why is there always a discrepancy on prices whenever we take a boat. They told us Q.15… Ugh.
Look mom! A caterpillar.
Ahhh. Books. It’s tough finding good (or any) kids books. It’s sooo nice when we do.
That’s what I love about Latin America. Even a motorcycle gets a ‘Jesus is my loyal friend’ sticker
Greg fixing the rope swing
When we arrived, he’d just jumped in with his goggles. He soon came back with a line of fish. Dinner.
Greg makes a big splash
Gregorio Uno and Gregorio Dos
We have to watch him clean the fish Mom!
Kimball loves to make strange faces on camera…
Cute little boys
I love these little old ladies
The wall surrounding the school is made from ‘eco bricks’ – plastic garbage stuffed into plastic bottles
Good work hon
World-schooling at it’s best
And we’ve reached our limits. Atlas can’t go any further.
Rachel Denning is an unassuming mother of five who never really did any international traveling until she had four children. After a second honeymoon to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, she and her husband decided to sell most of their belongings and move their family abroad.
Driving from the United States to Panama, they settled in Costa Rica for a year, until the U.S. financial market crash in 2008, when they lost their location independent income. Returning to the United States to look for work, they knew they’d be back ‘out’ again, having been officially bitten by the travel bug!
Despite adjustments to living a simpler life (or perhaps because of it), they were able to save enough money to move to the Dominican Republic in 2009. After six months they came back to the States once more, where they were offered employment working with a non-profit organization in India.
They spent five months living in Tamil Nadu, then returned to the States once more (to Alaska) so they could have baby number five – Atlas.
From there, they set out in April of 2011 to drive, in a veggie powered truck, from Alaska to Argentina, visiting every continental country in North and South America.
Travel is a part of their life now, and they can’t imagine doing anything else. Rachel photographs and writes about their incredible family travel adventures on their website, and they also have resources that encourage others to live a deliberate life.