Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Are Getting Restless
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Our 9:30 AM shuttle was
delayed due to a parade of school kids and their band. The entire street of Santander
Panajachel, Guatemala was blocked to traffic.
Climbing up from Lake Atitlan -
Beautiful countryside of Guatemala
Once the parade passed, our shuttle pulled up
and we were on our way to
Antigua, Guatemala for one night before flying out the
next morning to
Making our way through
the streets of
Panajachel, we picked up a couple more passengers. Then, the driver
received a phone call.
The Main highway, the Pan-American Highway, was blocked by
demonstrators and was impassable, not to mention
possibly a dangerous place to be.
what country we are in, we avoid any style of political demonstrations, as they
can quickly get out of hand.
Atitlan, and the town of Panajachel from higher in the mountains
public displays of dissatisfaction with the status quo are not that unusual
in Latin America. The locals take to the streets demanding more pay, more services
or more respect
from the government and the common folk hold large demonstrations to be heard.
block traffic, sometimes take over an airport, set up camps in the city
disrupting everyday businesses and
buildings with grafitti.
Sometimes there is trouble, even in Paradise
was put in place. Our driver knew what mile marker on the highway was blockaded
so the intention was to
drive through the beautiful mountains of
Guatemala, the back roads, in order to
get on the other side of the problem.
Day in Godinez
First we found ourselves stuck in market day traffic of Godinez,
a town 20 minutes away. It is common for the vendors to line both sides of the
street making for a slow and narrow passage.
Winding back roads
other side of Godinez, winding mountainous,
potholed filled roads and dirt paths took us through lush terrain of
agricultural farms and beautiful scenery however, at what seemed like a snailís
Guatemalan back roads
making our way through the mountains we are wondering if we will ever get to
Antigua. This is definitely not the Pan American Highway.
Gorgeous country scenery with volcanoes in the background
Finally, on the
paved road - smooth sailing for a while
milpa next to a church on our way to Antigua
throughout Mexico and Central America you will see a crop-growing system called
"milpa." The word itself is derived from the Nahuatl word phrase mil-pa, which
translates into "maize field."
agricultural system produces maize (corn), beans, and squash, along with other
crops suitable to the local geography and weather conditions.
are considered to be one of the most successful human food production
"inventions" ever developed. They maintain soil fertility while providing a
variety of healthy foods and limiting environmental impact.
High in the Mountains -
all the colors of green! Peaceful, fertile farms.
Endless cultivated crop fields
as we were getting within a mile of reaching the main highway, an intersection
in another town
was a total mess.
were everywhere, and large trucks which were stuck and not able to make the necessary turn, needed
assistance backing up and inching their way forward. All of this was happening
while horns were
honking and nothing was moving. Everyone, including the policeman, was trying to direct
this total mess. They stayed calm while we eventually pushed our way through whatever
opening in traffic there was.
Eventually, we made our way to
Antigua. Usually this trip from Panajachel to Antigua takes 2.5 hours,
but today it took us an hour longer. This time we had a
tour through the countryside all included for 80 Quetzales (just over $10USD) each.
stories and photos of Guatemala,
information on Antigua,
information on Lake Atitlan,
About the Authors
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kind of person Ė the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesnít
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.
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