It always happens this way.
We knew it was going to happen sometime. We thought it would have happened a lot sooner than it did. When we arrived in Panajachel in February 2012, we never imagined we'd be in Guatemala for a year and a half.
"A few months, at most," is what we thought. We never dreamed we'd buy land and start an organization teaching self-reliance to the indigenous people.
Despite all those good things, I mentioned recently how I've felt discontent with life... not in a bad way, just in a 'I want to do more, be more, achieve more' sort of way.
Discontent isn't always bad. It leads to dreaming, which results in action.
In reality, I was prepared to stay put at the Homestead until after the baby was born (in February '14).
I was 'comfortable' (I also mentioned that before). I'd returned from a recent trip to the States with my baby clothes and my slow cooker, prepared to do some nesting for the 'winter'.
But then something happened...
It's interesting, the dichotomy of feelings you can experience... a desire to travel and expand, contrasted with the love of comfort. Discontent for what you have diverging with your acceptance of what is.
Just when I'd finally said to God and myself, "Okay, I'll stay here for awhile longer. Yes, I'd love to see Ecuador or Peru or Thailand or anywhere different after a year and a half... but for now, I'll stay here and enjoy it until maybe after the baby's born..."
It was just at that moment that He said, "Okay, it's time to go."
"Really? Now? It's not really good timing, is it? Okay, I guess we'll go."
And so we did.
Packing up, organizing and storing any stuff we weren't taking (I did bring the crock pot), on October 31, 2013 we hit the road again, after one year and eight months in this country, this time to leave Guatemala... for good?
Our intention is to head to the beach in El Salvador, find a nice little place to rent for a month or two, until heading further south to Nicaragua, and then Costa Rica (where we might have the baby?)
What about The Homestead? What about our humanitarian project? Our long term plan had always been to set it up, then continue traveling. It's been left in good hands where it will continue to grow and flourish, and we'll still be sharing it's success with you here on my site.
Before leaving Guatemala for good, we did some 'tourist' stuff, like:
- the Gigantic Kite Festival
- the largest market of Central America in Chichicastenango
- a three day stop in Antigua (a place I LOVE)
- the 'extreme bungee catapult'
It was so great! Many times, Greg and I looked at each other and said, "Isn't it nice to be 'out' again?" (even if we did get kicked out by the Guatemalan police.)
After Antigua, we continued south toward the Guatemala/El Salvador border, music blaring on the speakers, windows down, wind blowing through our hair, alive and exhilarated to be 'on the road again'.
Life is good, and travel is awesome!
Little did we know the inevitable challenges that lie ahead...
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