Fact: I always overpack.
Challenge: Survive 7 days out of a 20L pack.
For the next seven days I will be volunteering as an interpreter for a group of medical professionals in San Pedro La Laguna. San Pedro is a small, indigenous town on the southwest shore of Lake Atitlán in the Sololá region of Guatemala. Fun facts: Lake Atitlán is the deepest lake in Central America, it’s home to three volcanoes, and is regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world (you know, per the interwebs).
The mission, Project San Pedro, provides sponsorship for children to attend school and staffs a small clinic offering a range of medical services (pediatrics, geriatrics, dental, etc.) to locals. Several times a year US missionaries visit and work the clinic in San Pedro as well as nearby towns. Nine years ago I had the opportunity to participate and interpret for the dental team–this year I am doing it again!
One of my personal challenges this time around was truly packing light. I made some last-minute cuts to my packing list and managed to travel with this pack and a small crossbody bag that will double as my day pack (one-pack travel has been on my mind a lot lately… hint, hint: future trips). I probably won’t be able to go “Live from Guatemala” due to limited cell service but I’ll try to post updates here and there (and definitely upon my return).
That’s a wrap on this quick update. ¡Adiós!