After two years of life on the road through the Americas, we feel that the more we see, the more inspired we are to explore. Overland travel gives us the freedom to experience new adventures like climbing a mountain, tasting the most popular local specialty or finding a secret waterfall to camp next to. Sharing and learning from the community around us is such a highlight. We are able to momentarily step into others’ shoes when we set up camp in remote mountain villages, family farms, city parking lots, or the local fire station. By seeing people's daily lives we are expanding our knowledge of other cultures. It is humbling, enlightening and incredibly exciting for us.
We are learning how diverse the American continents are culturally and geographically. Take Guatemala for example, at a local market you can hear Spanish, plus three indigenous languages being spoken. The locals are dressed in colorful traditional garb or are sporting skinny jeans and stylin’ baseball caps. You’ll find delicious handmade tortillas, fried chicken and Washington apples. And all of this may be set up in an organized chaos kind of way on the street in front of Mayan ruins overlooking an active Volcano. It’s a modern society married to ancient traditions that are still very much alive. Or did you know that to this day on the San Blas Islands in Panama, the Kuna people’s currency is the coconut? After traversing Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru we now recognize how large the Amazon rainforest really is and that getting to it is an adventure in itself. We are grateful that we are experiencing these moments first hand and that our "alarm clock” often consists of the sound of tropical birds, howler monkeys, roosters and giggling children. Travel. What a wonderful way to wake up.
"We are able to momentarily step into others’ shoes when we set up camp in remote mountain villages, family farms, city parking lots, or the local fire station."