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lake atitlan

May 4, 2010

Lately I can’t stop thinking about Guatemala.  Over the weekend I became reacquainted with a great audio slide show in The New York Times that I had seen just before visiting, and I think it aptly conveys some of the places I stayed and why they’re special.  The slide show describes writer Joyce Maynard’s discovery of San Marcos La Laguna, as a place to visit and later as one to live.  San Marcos is a small village on Lake Atitlan, perhaps the most stunning place I’ve ever been to, that’s become home to a group of expats interested in spiritual healing and medicine who for the most part manage to coexist with the natives in a peaceful, prosperous way.  The city is enchanted, a true fairy tale of a place, accessible only by rickety wooden boat that chops its way across the deepest lake in the western hemisphere.

I’ve always been attracted to a life like Joyce Maynard’s, the life of a permanent wanderer who has made their own way in the world and made peace with their own path.  We probably all have a little bit of the cultured city dweller and the natural recluse buried in us, wishing to be a part of everything at the same time we want to slip away, tied to nothing.

San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

No. 245: 5/3/2010


The kind of adventure that most interests me is sinking one’s roots.

– Joyce Maynard

No. 246: 5/2/2010

Biscuits and Gravy – Jam Restaurant

Meat is overrated.

– Chef Jose Andres on 60 Minutes

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