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.
Eatin' Good in
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
dictionary defines poor as: Having little money, wealth or few possessions.
Miserable, wretched, homeless,
We spent the holidays in
Panajachel, Guatemala, where many would consider the locals to be in a state of
need. But I guess that depends on one’s definition of poor.
Staying in a family-run
hotel we have gotten to know the owners quite well, and for Christmas we decided
to buy the them a turkey as a gift. Since these birds are imported to Guatemala, they are
not cheap ($40.00 USD) and it's something few Guatemalans would ever buy for themselves.
two birds we purchased for them
The bustle that is
Christmas found each family member working at the hotel with the influx of
holiday guests, or in a hardware store in town. Even ten year old Martin opened
the store on his own, helped customers and made change until his Father joined him later on in the
The plan was for the
entire family to enjoy
the turkey on New Year’s Eve when all eight of them could be together and the
work shifts had settled down.
Upon delivery of the
featherless and frozen beasts, the oldest daughter informed us that their oven
was not working and that none of the daughters had any idea how to cook a
turkey. This was an unexpected turn of events but at this point we figured we
had done our part and the rest was up to them.
Days later about 8p.m. on New Year’s Eve,
the owner came to our room and invited us to join his family for
dinner. Even though we explained that the turkeys were for them and we had not
expected to be invited to dinner, he insisted we sit with them.
Since the oven in the
household did not work, Ana, his energetic wife and mother of six remarkable
children, had arranged to use a nearby bakery’s oven to cook the turkeys. We
have noticed the strong sense of community in these small towns, and in Pana it
is no different. Need an oven? Just go ask the Baker.
Outside in the back of
the hotel, fifteen year old Adelaide - the live in maid from a mountain town two
hours away - was making tortillas on the grill as fast as she could.
Ana is whacking away at the turkey with a cleaver to serve it up. There was no traditional carving here,
just huge chunks of meat on a platter from which to choose your meal.
So here we were in a three dimensional Norman Rockwell painting,
drinking some bubbly, laughing, joking, and enjoying ourselves in this intimate
family setting. There was no TV
blaring, no iPhone or iPad at the table, only iFamily. To consider these people
disadvantaged is not a possibility. Rich with each other, their community and in
health, they would be the envy of many we know back home.
As if we weren’t given
enough food for the evening, we were invited back for traditional tamales and ponche
breakfast the next morning. Since Billy had a 3 hour massage appointment already
scheduled, we had to decline.
Wishing you all
contentment in the New Year,
Billy and Akaisha
About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.