One of the many challenges travelers face is to find reprieve is the constant commotion of the venturing here and there that we ceaselessly endure. Always on the move, we busy our minds with memories from our past and dreams of our possible futures. Traveling is fun, certainly, but it is also so many other things; best described in brief as a complex mosaic of mixed emotions. It is so important, in travel and in life more broadly, to find time and space that is truly your own, a personal respite unique unto yourself. Find it on the mountain... find it in the forest, on the coast, within the city, or anywhere in between. Recognize this space and allocate the time for yourself to decompress and reflect on all you've experienced and all you've accomplished.
Along the way I have found many places that fit my needs in this regard; a street cafe, a hill overlooking the city and the mat on the floor of my room. But as I begin my transition into yet another new phase of my life I knew there was one place I needed to be...
Lago Atitlan is one of those places that forever remains in your heart. It beacons from afar and calls out with murmurs in your mind. Looking for a peaceful place to think, I made my way to San Marcos La Laguna. I had been here briefly once before and the emanating vibes of tranquility were hard to ignore. With only a few days left in Guatemala I decided to spend them here, and I'm so very glad I did.