Life in Panajachel

We don’t have as much to share now that we’re not traveling and seeing new things every day, but we’re very much enjoying being in one place for a while and having room to spread out.

We had a huge rainstorm one night, and the street we live on turned into a river.

We had a huge rainstorm one night, and the street we live on turned into a river.

Quinn loves going to school. He’s found some friends, and we’ve met some of their parents. One of them teaches a yoga class that Jen attends, and another couple invited us to their house for a barbeque last weekend. It’s almost like normal life!

Our new friends even have a trampoline!

Our new friends even have a trampoline!

We signed up for Spanish classes last week and studied for an hour each day.

The main town market is about a 10 minute walk from the house. One day I walked home with what felt like 20 pounds of fresh fruit and veggies for about $10. Since there are so many expats here, there are stores that cater to them providing lots of imported specialties. When you’re getting mangoes for 5 for a dollar it’s hard to spend $15 on a bottle of real maple syrup!

Although the restaurant food isn’t as good here as it was in southern Mexico, we’ve been very happy to cook most of our meals at home.

On Sunday I rented a mountain bike, and together with Tony, another dad from the school, went for a mountain bike ride. We met up with a local named Jorge who was kind enough to show us to some fun trails. There’s no such thing as a guide book to the trails here, so having local knowledge is the only way to find the goods. We rode for about four hours and got some really spectacular views of the lake.




In sad news, Jen’s aunt passed away a few days ago. Jen and Quinn are flying back to Philadelphia next week to attend the services.

We’ll be here until the end of June, and are talking about what to do next. Stay tuned!

5 Responses to 'Life in Panajachel'

  1. Bobbie Staggs says:

    Jen, so sorry about your Aunt.Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Witt, you bike ride pictures are fabulous. How does it get any better? Will anxiously await your next adventure. Love seeing all the pictures of Quinn. Tell him his auntie Bobbie in Ohio loves him! He’ll say, “huh, who??”

  2. Henry says:

    Witt, I can see why some may consider that lake the most beautiful lake in the world. I can also understand the amount of rains that are required to maintain that much water. Reminds me of Lake Pend Oreille and Sand point ID. Great pictures

  3. Witt says:

    Thanks for the compliments on the photos! It does look a little like sandpoint, but the vegetation is more like jungle here.

  4. Roger and Ella says:

    Hi guys! Sorry to hear about your aunt Jenn, it’s tough to be away from family at a time like this…it’s good that you are flying back for the service. We are so proud of you guys and excited about your adventure! Your story has been such an inspiration to us an to friends of ours who are taking a year off to travel with their son as well! I heard a quote the other day that reminded me of you guys “Every misfortune is an adventure misunderstood” 🙂 Anyways, happy trails and until we meet again!

    • Jennifer Sparks says:

      Hey Rempel Family! It is so good to hear from you! Thanks for your condolences — Quinn and I just returned to Guatemala yesterday after a fantastic visit with my family in Philadelphia. We are now making plans for exploring the rest of Central America in the next few months and are very excited!

      We hope that you are all well and are enjoying Springtime. We wish your friends the best as they embark on their own adventure, and please let us know if there are any questions that we can answer for them!