Dan’s sister, my sister, Allison, taught in Panajachel, Guatemala for the 2013 – 2014 school year. She taught 14 kids in a 10′ x 10′ classroom, became fluent in Spanish, and got to know her village and its families like the back of her hand. We’ve learned that visiting a favorite person in a place that’s become their favorite place is the most efficient and amazing way to travel. For all intents and purposes, she had spent 12 months scouting out, for us, the best swimming spots, best restaurants, best coffee shops – best activities to do in a jam-packed 7 days. We met her boyfriend, his family, and some incredibly cute students of hers, and by the end of the week, felt like we knew Panajachel like the back of our hands. Highlights include sipping fraps with Carlos and the family in Cafe Mocha, singing live-band hymns with a group of missionary travelers at Solomon’s Porch, hiking St. Pedro volcano (no matter what Allison says, it’s not just a walk in the park!), realizing that Emmy wore camouflage to the pottery shop in San Antonio, and stopping by the beautifully colorful cemetery in Solala. This was my first real trip with the Schoenings, not sure it can be topped?